Most Powerful Air Rifle
The most powerful air rifle today (2019) is the new Gamo Big Bore TC45 and TC35. The TC45 is .45 cal and the TC35 is .357 cal. The TC45 shoots a 350 grain lead pellet at 800 fps. That’s serious power!!!
Air Venturi .45 caliber 350 grain lead pellets
The Gamo Big Bore TC45 is a fantastic air gun and it’s a .45 caliber. Now that’s a Big Bore.
You can buy the Gamo TC45 here….Amazon.com
Here are the features of the Gamo TC45
- Single shot bolt action
- PCP powered
- Integrated noise barrel dampener
- Adjustable 2 stage trigger for optimal accurcy
- 480 cc carbon fiber air tank
- Picatinny optic mount
- 10-40 shot capacity without recharging
- Available in .357 and .45 calibers
- Under lever cocking system
- Grooved and textured AR style grip
- Muzzle energy 248 ft/lbs
The second most powerful air rifle (commercial production) is the Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog .357 PCP air rifle. It shoots a .357 caliber 145 grain pellet at 800 fps.
The Crosman Bulldog is a compact Bull-pup design which allows the barrel to extend down into the stock. This makes the overall length much shorter than traditional air rifles. The Bulldog is only 36″ in overall length. It’s very compact.
The Crosman Bulldog allows you to step into the Big Game hunting realm with a very powerful air rifle. You can take large game like deer, hogs, antelope, bear, predators and African plains game. Buy the Bulldog (34% discount) here….Amazon.com
Here are the features of the Crosman Bulldog Air Rifle
- Black or camo synthetic stock
- Bullpup design for compactness
- 36″ overall length
- 26″ Picatinny rail for sight attachment
- SoundTrap barrel shroud to dampen noise
- Side lever bolt is reversible
- 10 shots per PCP cylinder fill
- Velocity up to 800 fps
- Cleaning tools and oil included.
However, there are custom air rifles that exceed this power. There is a .620 caliber custom air rifle that shoots a 435 grain pellet at 900 fps. It costs about $2,000. If your budget is unlimited, you can get a lot of power.
Most Powerful PCP Air Rifles
Here are some of the more powerful PCP air rifles other than the Gamo TC45/TC35 and the Crosman Bulldog. These are much less expensive but still very powerful. They sell for $150 – $500. The Crosman Maximus Hunter is really hard to beat.
- Crosman Maximus Hunter – 1000 fps (.22 cal)
- Benjamin Discovery .22 cal – 1000 fps
- Benjamin Marauder .22 cal – 1000 fps
- Hatsan Hercules Bully .30 cal – 1070 fps
- Hatsan BullBoss .22 cal – 1070 fps
- Umarex Gauntlet .177 cal – 1000 fps
- Gamo Coyote Whisper Fusion .22 cal – 1100 fps
Crosman Maximus Hunter
This is a great PCP hunting air rifle with a lot of power. It’s comes in .22 caliber and .177. The .22 cal model will shoot lead and alloy pellets with velocities ranging from 850 to 1000 fps. I prefer the heavier lead pellets in .22 caliber for hunting. Heavy pellets penetrate deeper providing quicker kills. It’s a real bargain at around $230. You can buy it here…Amazon.com
Crosman Maximus Hunter Air Rifle Features
- Rifled barrel
- PCP power system
- Steel breach
- Synthetic stock
- 2000 psi gauge
- up to 30 shots before recharging
- Bolt action single shot
- Muzzle velocities of 850 – 1000 fps
- Dovetail mounting rail
- Single stage trigger
- Ambidextrous stock
- Crossbolt safety
- Sling mounts
I also like the Crosman Discovery PCP Air Rifle in .177 and .22 calibers. I owned many Crosman air guns and loved all of them. Crosman makes great products and the prices are excellent. You just can’t go wrong. The Discovery is in the $300+ price range.
Crosman Discovery PCP .22 Air Rifle Features
- .22 caliber
- PCP or CO2 powered
- Muzzle velocity 900 fps
- Single shot bolt action
- All wood stock
- Adjustable open sights
- Steel rifled barrel
Most Powerful Break Barrel Air Rifles
Break barrel air rifles are the second most powerful next to PCP or Pre-charged Pneumatic. Break barrel air rifles cock and charge the system when you break the barrel. These air rifles can be very powerful. The calibers range from .177 to .25.
Here are the most powerful models.
- Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 .177 cal – 1420 fps
- Umarex Octane Elite Air Rifle .177 cal – 1400 fps
- Gamo Swarm Magnum .22 cal – 1300 fps
- Gamo Swarm Fusion Gen2 .177 cal – 1300 fps
- Umarex Forge .177 Air Rifle – 1250 fps
- Umarex Fuel .177 Air Rifle – 1200 fps
- Crosman Vaporizer Nitro Piston Elite .22 cal – 1100 fps
I love break barrel air rifles!!! I had a Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 rifle and it was fantastic! They have a ton of power and don’t require CO2 or compressed gas, so you can keep shooting until your run out of pellets. Nice!
Break barrel air guns are great for hunting. They have lots of power and accuracy. You just can’t beat them!
Gamo and Umarex make some of the best break barrel air rifles available. The Gamo Whisper Fusion is really hard to beat in power and price. It’s just a great gun. I recommend the Gamo Fusion Mach 1 and the Umarex Octane Elite.
Let’s take a look at these 2 air guns.
Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle
This is just a beautiful air rifle. The stock is awesome and when you shoulder it you’ll know what I’m talking about. It just fits really well and feels lighter than it is.
Here are the Fusion Mach 1 Features
- .177 cal lead or alloy pellets
- Muzzle velocities up to 1420 fps
- IGT Mach 1 gas piston for high power, low vibration and smooth cocking
- CAT (custom action trigger) 2 stage trigger
- RRR – recoil reducing rail for optic sights
- Barrel vibration/noise dampening system
- Adjustable open sights
- Weight 8.0 lbs
- Trigger pull 3.74 lbs
- Barrel length 18″
- Price approx $230
Umarex Octane Elite Air Rifle
Umarex makes some really nice air guns and the Octane Elite is one of the very best. It’s super powerful with a muzzle velocity approaching 1450 fps with pellets. That’s faster than a .22 long rifle.
One of the features on the Octane is a thumbhole stock. I love thumbhole stocks. They feel really good when you mount it to your shoulder. I had a .470 Capstick rifle with a thumbhole stock and it was awesome. Thumbhole stocks give your hand a neutral position which feels great because there is no twisting of your forearm or wrist. You can buy the Octane Elite here….amazon.com
Umarex Octane Elite Features
- .177 caliber
- 1420 fps velocity
- 19.5″ barrel
- Break barrel action
- Rifled steel barrel
- Fiber optic sights
- Synthetic thumbhole stock
- 2 stage adjustable trigger
- Weight 9.5 lbs
- Trigger pull 3.5 lbs
- Rubber butt plate for comfort
- Approximate cost $180