Daisy Powerline 880 Review [2020 update]

Daisy Powerline 880 Review – updated 2020

The Daisy Powerline 880 is a multi-pump bolt action pellet gun with a maximum pellet velocity of 670 fps with lead pellets and 800 fps with BBs. The Powerline 880 is composed of both plastic and metal components. The barrel is steel with a resin shroud and is fully rifled. It is a very handy pellet gun (overall length is 37.5″) and is comfortable to shoot all day. It is also a lot of fun.

Topics

  • Features
  • Power
  • Noise Level
  • Sights
  • Trigger
  • Accuracy
  • Bolt Action
  • Pump Action
  • Target Groups
  • Best Pellet Ammo
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Comments

I bought this Daisy Powerline 880 at Walmart about 6 years ago for $35. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a Powerline 880. It’s a great pellet gun for people of all ages. It’s accurate, powerful and light weight. The Powerline 880 weighs a little over 3 lbs and is made mostly of plastic. It is very easy to pump since it has a long pump lever/arm. For target practice 3 – 5 pumps are great and for hunting 10 pumps produces the maximum velocity.

Daisy Powerline 880 Features

  • Caliber – .177 cal BB and Pellet ammo
  • Multi Pump Pneumatic power system – 3-10 pumps
  • Power – max velocity 800 fps
  • Construction – metal and plastic
  • Barrel – rifled steel
  • Stock – molded plastic with checkering
  • Iron sights but can accommodate scope mounts
  • Action Type – Bolt
  • Safety – cross bolt
  • BB Reservoir – 50 BB’s
  • Weight – 4.75 lbs
  • Maximum Range – 291 yards
  • Check Price at Amazon.com

The Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun features a plastic receiver with metal internal parts and bolt. The plastic receiver is finished in a non-glare metal like bluing finish. It looks very much like metal. The bolt handle is plastic and pulls straight back to load BBs or pellets. The trigger guard and pump handle are also plastic.

The Daisy Powerline 880 has a simulated wood Monte Carlo stock with white line spacers. It is very attractive and shoulders very nicely even though the LOP is much less than a real rifle. This Monte Carlo stock works well with open sights and a scope. I have used both with great success. The plastic stock is very durable and water-proof. It will last a long time if you are careful with it. If you drop it off of a cliff, it will break. Just be smart.

Daisy Powerline 880 - receiver closeup view

The finish on the 880 receiver is a flat black and is great when shooting outside in direct sunlight. The bolt handle is very comfortable to pull back and then push forward. The trigger is metal and wide. It feels very good on your index finger. I really like how the pump handle blends in with the trigger guard. Very nice design.

Daisy Powerline 880 - plastic forend

The forend is also plastic with a simulated wood grain. The white outlined diamond is a very nice touch. The forend is checkered and provides a very good non-slip grip even in the rain.

The 880 forend is nice and wide and gives your hands something to hold on to. The pump arm is located in the center of the forend. It’s also flat on the bottom which makes it ideal for bench rest shooting. It will sit flat and not rock.

Daisy Powerline Power

The Powerline 880 is the most powerful BB gun [not pellet gun] available in 2020. It will shoot steel BB’s at 800 fps with 10 pumps. Most other BB guns have a maximum velocity of 700 – 760 fps. It’s a great gun for kids to learn on too. You can start them off with 3 pumps until they are more confident and cautious. 3 pumps gives you about 350 fps with BB’s.

Here are some chronographed lead pellet velocities.

Crosman 7.9 grain pellets – 695 fps
JSB 7.33 grain pellets – 719 fps
RWS 8.2 grain pellets – 687 fps

Lead pellet velocities are around 725 fps unless you choose the PBA pellets. PBA pellets are lighter in weight than lead and will produce higher velocities. You might get 800+ fps with PBA pellets.

Daisy Powerline 880 Noise Level

A great concern I hear a lot is, “How loud is the Powerline 880?”

So I used an app on my Android phone to measure the noise level at various power levels. I placed my smart phone about 18″ from the muzzle of the 880. Just remember that I am measuring the noise level very close to the gun. Your neighbors will be much farther away and noise levels will be a small fraction of this measurement.

3 Pumps – 61 dB
5 Pumps – 63 dB
10 Pumps – 65 dB

Here are some comparisons of common noises.

  • 134 dB – .22 LR
  • 120 dB – Fire engine siren
  • 140 dB – Jet plane takeoff
  • 25 dB – Background noise
  • 42 dB – clap hands together
  • 35-40 dB – humans talking

Daisy Powerline 880 Sights

The Daisy Powerline 880 comes with open sights. The open sights are adjustable for windage and elevation. The rear sight is easy to line up with the front optic sight and proved to be quite accurate.

The front blade sight is red fiber optic and lights up in the sunlight. This makes it very easy to line it up in the rear sight. These open sights are quick to align and accurate.

I did get good accuracy with the iron sights but a scope would give you even better accuracy for targets or hunting.

Daisy Powerline 880 Trigger

The trigger guard features a button safety that engages when you push the button to “Safe”. It engages positively with a click and disengages as easily and securely. The trigger is all metal. The trigger pull is a little on the heavy side, most likely around 6 or 7 lbs. I am still able to get some really tight groups though. The trigger is pretty wide and grooved. I like it.

Daisy Powerline 880 Accuracy

Daisy Powerline 880 - target and accuracy

Here is one of the many 5 shot groups shot with the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun….and with open sights. This group was shot in my backyard resting on a storage trunk. It’s about a 1/2″ group from 50 feet.

The Daisy Powerline 880 will shoot both BBs and .177 pellets. It has a magazine that can hold 50 BBs. Once full, all you have to do is cycle the bolt and pump it up. Pellets are loaded one at a time.

Daisy Powerline 880 Bolt Action

Daisy Powerline 880 - bolt

Here is a close up of the bolt and action. You pull it straight back then load 1 pellet and then push it forward to load the pellet into the chamber. It is a little tricky to get a pellet loaded properly. You have to get it aligned correctly otherwise it will jam. BB’s load easily and quickly.

Daisy Powerline 880 - open bolt

Here’s the loading port. It’s a little tight for pellet loading, at least for my hands and eyes. I would like a little more room but for $35 you can’t get everything. I have to drop the pellet in and then move it to align it correctly and then slowly push the bolt closed.

Daisy Powerline 880 - bolt face

Here you can see the bolt partially closed. It’s steel and magnetized to hold steel BBs. It pushes pellets into the chamber. The rear of the pellet slides over the bolt head.

Daisy Powerline 880 - loaded pellet

The pellet is loaded and aligned with the barrel chamber.

Daisy Powerline 880 Multi Pump Action

Daisy Powerline 880 - pump lever

The multi-pump handle is long with a really good grip handle. The long arm gives you more leverage to pump it. The 880 is very easy to pump 10 times. The pump handle snaps into place when the stroke is completed. The pump arm/handle is plastic and not very rigid. Care must be taken when pumping so the long arm does not break. It is however pretty flexible.

The pump handle opening is large and will accommodate small or large hands.

Daisy Powerline 880 - pump lever connector

Although the pump arm/handle is all plastic the connecting arm and pump actuator are metal. These parts should last for a very long time.

Target Accuracy at 15 yards

Daisy Powerline 880 - target accuracy

Here’s another 5 shot group from the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun. The Copperhead pellets are not known for accuracy like the JSB match pellets but they still grouped very well.

Daisy Powerline 880 - shooting bench

This is my bench rest setup for pellet gun testing. The utility trunk is ideal for bench resting airguns. The Powerline 880 proved to be accurate with most pellets with the exception of the very light hyper-sonic pellets.

Best Pellets for the Powerline 880

Daisy Powerline 880 - JSB pellets

JSB pellets are most likely the most accurate you can buy. They fit tighter than most other pellets and are available in several weights including heavy weights for hunting. Although the Powerline did really well with standard Crosman pellets.

Daisy Powerline 880 - 5 shot group

Here’s the JSB pellet grouping of 5 shots. This is about a .60 inch group from 35 feet and with open sights. Oh yea and from a $55 pellet gun.

Hunting Small Game with the 880

The Powerline 880 is a good BB gun for hunting small game like birds, rats, squirrels, fox and feral cats. Use a good heavy lead pellet for the larger game like fox, feral cats and large birds like crows and raven. Rats, squirrels and small birds can be taken with BB’s or lead pellets. A good air gun scope will make it easier to hit small birds at longer distances. I recommend JSB and H&N pellets.

Ammunition for Hunting

  • Steel BB’s – birds, small mammals or larger game if you take a head shot.
  • 7 grain lead pellets – birds and small mammals [mice, rats, squirrels]
  • 10 grain lead – larger game like rats, feral cats, crows and ravens
  • 13+ grain lead – fox, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, larger birds

Comments

I would give the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun 4 stars out of 5 stars. It’s powerful, accurate, easy to operate, durable and inexpensive. You just can’t beat the Powerline 880 for $54.00.

The closest competitors are the Crosman 760, Crosman 2100 and the Umarex NXG APX. The 760 is less expensive but also less powerful. The other 2 are more expensive.

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Umarex USA
Ruger 10/22 BB Gun replica – is an officially licensed replica. The 10/22 is a CO2 powered rifle in .177 cal. The authentic detail is uncanny. It looks and feels like the real 10/22.

Legends Cowboy Rifle – released by Umarex. It’s an authentic 1892 lever action replica and extremely detailed right down to the ejection of spend cartridges. It holds 10 metal cartidges in the tubular magazine just like a real 1892.

Crosman
Crosman Full Auto R1 – 1,400 rpm rate of fire with BB’s.

BB Gun Definitions

Pump Action – a lever is used to compress air into a cylinder to propel the BB down the barrel at medium to high velocities. Most pump action guns are bolt action. Bolt actions must be manually cycled in order to load a BB into the barrel. Pump actions are pretty reliable and generally last a long time. If the action and seals are kept lubricated and clean, they will last 5-10 years. Most pump actions have a pump range of 3-10. Velocities can approach 800 fps.

A few classic examples are the Crosman 760 PumpMaster and the Daisy Powerline 880.

CO2 Cartridge – a small metallic cylinder or cartridge holds compressed CO2 or Carbon Dioxide and is used to propel BB’s through the barrel at moderate velocities. The cartridges are inserted into the gun with a thumb screw to hold it against a seal. CO2 gun velocities range from 300 – 600 fps with BB’s. The action can be semi auto or bolt action. CO2 air guns are popular because you can shoot in rapid succession without having to cock the action or load each BB. They are great for target practice or small game hunting.

Some classic examples are Daisy Powerline 415 BB pistol and the Crosman 2240 pistol.

Spring Air – usually the cocking mechanism like a lever or action bolt compresses the spring/air cylinder which then powers the BB’s. Spring Air guns are lower powered but a lot of fun to shoot. The velocity range is 300 – 400 fps with steel BB’s. These guns are great for beginners or kids. They are very reliable and will last a long time without much maintenance. They are the cheapest of the BB guns.

Pistols and rifles are available and the all time favorite in this category is the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. It’s a lever action and has been around for 100+ years. It’s a great gun to shoot tin cans with.

Bolt Action – BB and pellet ammunition are loaded with the bolt. Some guns have the bolt also cock the firing mechanism. Bolt actions are very reliable and easy to use. Most PCP, CO2 and pump BB guns are bolt action.

Semi Automatic – loads ammunition and cocks the firing mechanism automatically after a shot is fired. You just keep pulling the trigger until the magazine or clip is empty. They are FUN. Semi automatic guns are mostly CO2 powered and very reliable. Only one shot is fired when you pull the trigger unlike fully automatic.

Full Automatic – these are the machine guns of the BB world and they are totally legal without any license or background check in most states. The rate of fire ranges from 200 rpm to 1,500 rpm. They are a BLAST to shoot. All full auto BB guns are CO2 powered. They are great for shooting tin cans and bottles. They aren’t as expensive as you might think. The price ranges from $65 – $600.

BB Ammunition

Most BB’s are steel but you can buy lead BB’s too. The reason you might want lead BB’s is to stop them from ricocheting and damaging something you didn’t intend on shooting. Lead BB’s will flatten upon impact because they are soft. Lead BB’s are also heavier and might be a choice for hunting. The heavier lead BB will penetrate deeper. BB’s are only available in .177 caliber.

There are special steel BB that have a black anodized finish to reduce surface variation [smoother surface] and increase velocity. They are called Black Diamond BB’s from Hornady. Crosman also makes some called Black Window BB’s.

Pellet Ammunition

There are tons of pullets to choose from. The selection is absolutely huge. and that’s just lead…there’s also PBA and non-lead. There are match grade pellets, hollowpoint hunting pellets, heavy hunting pellets, round nose, flat nose, domed and pointed. It’s endless.

PBA Pellets – are non-lead and can be many different metal alloys from copper to platinum or anything in between. PBA or non-lead pellets are lighter in weight than lead and so will provide higher velocities [30%+] compared to lead. Some are very soft while others are hard penetrators.

Tactical BB Gun

Tactical BB guns have become more and more popular. The most popular ones resemble the M4/M16, AK-47, Sig Sauer M17, Glock 17, Sig Sauer MPX, etc. There are semi automatic and fully automatic guns and are powered by CO2 cartridges. They do look and feel realistic. From a distance you could not tell them apart. They function like the real firearm with detachable magazines, blow-back actions, barrel shrouds, suppressors and Red Dot optical sights. They also have rails for accessory attachments.

Sig Sauer MPX tactical bb gun

Sniper BB Gun

There are a few sniper versions of bb guns available. They feature a break barrel action for high power and accuracy, a bipod for stability, scope and sometimes a suppressor. These are designer for long range, high accuracy shooting. They are great for target shooting, hunting and of course “Special Ops”.

Here are some of the more popular models

  • Black Ops Tactical Sniper Air Rifle
  • Hatsan Model 125SN Spring Sniper Air Rifle
  • Evanix Sniper X2 Air Rifle .30 cal
  • Benjamin Armada Tactical Air Rifle
  • Evike Swiss Arms TAC-1  Air Rifle

Lever Action BB Guns

Lever action BB guns are very popular and in fact the most sought after BB gun is the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. It’s a classic from the 30’s [1938] and is still around today with the wooden butt stock and engraved Red Ryder Logo. The Red Ryder is a spring air lever cocking gun with a tubular magazine that holds 650 BB’s. The muzzle velocity with steel BB’s is 350 fps. This is great for target practice and hunting small game like mice, birds, frogs, etc. The Red Ryder is an ideal bb gun for kids around 10+ years of age. A great beginner gun.

Umarex USA also has a really nice lever action gun, the Legends Cowboy CO2 gun. It’s authentically designed and looks and feels like a real firearm. It so realistic that it loads with cartridges and ejects them by operating the lever. Nice touch Umarex!

Most Powerful BB Guns/Rifles

I just want make this clear, these are BB guns and NOT pellet guns. I’m going to discuss the most powerful BB guns. These are all pump action BB guns. The most powerful ones shoot steel BB’s at 800 fps.

Here’s the list.

  • Remington AirMaster – 800 fps
  • Crosman Legacy 1000 – 800 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 880 – 800 fps
  • Umarex NXG APX  – 800 fps
  • Crosman 2100 Classic – 755 fps
  • Crosman Remington R1100 – 645 fps
  • Crosman 760 PumpMaster – 645 fps
  • Crosman 1077 CO2 – 625 fps
  • Daisy Powerline Model 35 – 625 fps

Most Powerful Pellet Guns

Just to answer any questions, here are the most powerful pellet rifles in .177 and .22 calibers.

.177 cal Pellet Rifles [alloy pellet velocity]

  • Gamo Swarm Magnum 10X GEN2 – 1650 fps
  • Benjamin Trail XL Magnum – 1500 fps
  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 – 1420 fps
  • Crosman Valiant – 1400 fps
  • Benjamin Vaporizer – 1400 fps
  • Benjamin Summit NP2 – 1400 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X GEN2 – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Maxxim – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Whisper – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Wildcat Whisper – 1300 fps

..22 cal Pellet Rifles

  • Gamo Swarm Magnum – 1300 fps
  • Benjamin Trail XL Magnum – 1100 fps
  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 – 1020 fps

Most Powerful BB Pistols

The most powerful BB pistols are also pump action with a muzzle velocity of around 600+ fps.with steel BB’s. These 2 guns are great for target practice and hunting. The will accept BB’s and pellets as ammunition.

  • Umarex Strike Point pistol – 650 fps
  • Crosman American Classic 1377 Pistol – 600 fps

Most Accurate BB Guns

 

Pump BB Guns

 

CO2 BB Guns

 

Spring Air BB Guns

 

Lever Action BB Guns

 

Cheap BB Guns [under $50]

 

BB Guns for Kids

 

BB Guns for Girls

 

BB Guns for Hunting

 

Best Targets

 

Best BB Ammunition

 

BB Gun Maintenance and Care

 

Most Popular BB Guns by Sales

 

 

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Best Pellet Guns for Hunting Small Game [The 2020 Guide]

Pellet Guns for Hunting – The 2020 Guide

Topics

Choosing the Best Pellet Gun for Hunting

The best pellet gun for hunting will depend on what you what to hunt and how much can you spend. Pellet gun power is the main consideration when choosing one for hunting. The bigger the game or the longer the range, will determine how much you will need to spend. Big game or long range pellet guns will cost more.

The price range is $35 – $900.

There are cheap pellet guns, under $100, that are great for hunting small game and pests. If you can spend more like $150-$200 then you can get a nicer pellet gun with better sights, more power, wooden stock and maybe a scope.

Types of Pellet Guns for Hunting

When choosing a pellet gun for hunting, you will want to consider power, accuracy, caliber, stock and sights. These features are what make a hunting pellet gun vs a target pellet gun.

Pellet Gun Power

This really depends on what type of small game you want to hunt and how far you will be shooting. The more power you have the larger the game you can hunt or the longer the range you can shoot from. Short ranges and/or small game like birds are easily taken with just about any pellet gun. It doesn’t have to be the most powerful.

Here are the different power ranges [based on .177 and .22 calibers]

  • Low Power:  300 – 400 fps
  • Medium Power:  500 – 800 fps
  • High Power:  1000 – 1600 fps
  • High Power [.30 – .50 caliber]: 600 – 800 fps

Very Small Game or Short Range(small birds at 50 ft)

You can choose any pellet gun with a muzzle velocity of about 350 fps as long as you are hunting small birds at ranges of 60 feet or less. Lead or PBA pellets will work fine. Test several design and brands to see which are the most accurate in your pellet gun.

Small Game or Medium Ranges (small game at 50 yards)

You should choose a pellet gun with a muzzle velocity of about 700+ fps to hunt small game like rats, birds and squirrels. .177 or .22 caliber will work fine as long as it is pretty accurate.

Small Game at Longer Ranges (small game at 100 yards)

The higher the velocity the better for hunting small game at 100 yards. I would recommend 1,000 fps – 1,500 fps in .177 caliber. If you want a .22 caliber pellet gun then you would need about 800 fps.

Large Game at Short to Medium Range (under 100 yards)

I recommend a large caliber pellet gun with a muzzle velocity in the 600+ fps range. Pellets should be 300 grains or heavier. Bison and Elk have been taken with the Umarex Hammer 50 caliber pellet gun. It can shoot a 550 grain pellet at 760 fps.

Pellet Gun Actions

PCP Pellet Guns
PCP or Pre-Charged Pneumatic are the absolute most powerful hunting pellet guns available. PCP guns have a gas cylinder or reservoir that holds compressed gas, usually at around 3500 psi. It’s like a giant CO2 cartridge. This is what powers the gun when you pull the trigger. To give you an idea of how powerful a PCP gun can be. The Umarex Hammer 50 caliber pellet gun shoots a 550 grain lead pellet at 760 fps. You can hunt large game like deer, elk, bison, bear, wild hogs, etc.

PCP guns are very accurate.

PCP guns require a hand pump or compressed air tank to recharge.

Break Barrel Guns
Break barrel guns are very powerful and fairly inexpensive compared to PCP guns. You can buy a powerful break barrel for about $150. Break barrel guns are single shots that cock the action by breaking the barrel open, loading the pellet and then returning the barrel to its locked position. This cocking motion compressed gas in a cylinder which is used to discharge the pellet. Some break barrel guns reach a muzzle velocity of 1500 fps. Gamo makes some really nice break barrel guns.

Break barrel pellet guns are exceptional for hunting. They are powerful, accurate and reliable.

Pump Pellet Guns
Pump action pellet guns are powered by pumping a lever to compress gas into the chamber. Usually the range is 3 to 10 pumps. They are pretty easy to pump and can be fairly powerful, usually with a maximum velocity of 700 – 800 fps. These are also single shots which is fine for hunting. Pump guns are pretty cheap at around $50.

Some pump pellet guns are accurate while some are not. These are fine for bird hunting at short to medium ranges.

CO2 Pellet Guns
CO2 pellet guns are powered by 1 or more compressed CO2 cartridges. The are not as powerful as the other action types but you can still use one for hunting birds at short ranges. Muzzle velocities range from 350 – 500 fps in .177 caliber. They usually are semi auto and have magazines or clips that hold several pellets.

Let’s take a look at some of the game you can hunt with a pellet gun.

Bird Hunting with a Pellet Gun

Since birds are small and fragile, they are easy to take with a pellet gun. You do not need much power to hunt birds with a pellet gun unless you want to take longer range shots. Typical bird hunting ranges are about 25-35 yards when hunting with pellet guns. If you want or need to take longer shots like 75 yards or greater then you might want a pellet gun with 1,000 fps velocity or greater. For closer ranges, 350-650 fps pellet velocities are perfect. .177 pellets will need more speed because they are lighter than .22 cal. If you want to hunt with a .22 caliber pellet gun then you do not need the same velocity. .22 caliber pellets are heavier, so the velocity can be lower while still remaining deadly.

Small Mammal Hunting with a Pellet Gun

Small mammals such as rats, field mice, squirrels, ringtails, raccoons, fox, coyote, opossums, prairie dogs, etc can be hunted with pellet guns at reasonable ranges of 15 – 50 yards depending on the game size. Rats and mice can be taken out to 100 yards. Larger game like raccoons, opossums, fox and ringtails should be taken between 15 and 30 yards. Head shots are best on larger game offering quick and humane kills. Scopes really make it easy to take longer and more accurate shots.

Larger small game like raccoons, coyote, fox, badger and opossums can be taken with the more powerful break barrel guns in .177 and .22 calibers.

Here are some great guns for larger small game.

  • Gamo Hornet Maxxim [$150]
  • Gamo Silent Cat [$140]
  • Gamo Swarm Magnum [$280]
  • Umarex Octane Elite [$210]

Best Pellet Gun for Squirrel Hunting

The best pellet gun for squirrel hunting could be rifle or pistol with a muzzle velocity of at least 600 fps with a BB or lead pellet. You could even use a BB pistol with a muzzle velocity of 400+ fps if you shoot at 50 feet or so. BB’s will penetrate nicely at 400 fps at close ranges. If you want to hunt squirrels with a pistol, look for one with good sights or one that will accept an optical sight. A Red Dot sight would be awesome.

There are a lot of pellet rifles that make excellent squirrel guns. You could chose a pump, CO2 or break barrel. All of these are powerful enough and accurate. I used a Crosman 760 pump when I was a kid and killed many squirrels and pigeons.

Good Pellet Guns for Squirrels

  • Daisy Powerline 880 Pump [$50]
  • Crosman 2100b Pump [$70]
  • Crosman 760 PumpMaster [$60]
  • Crosman 1322 pistol [$60]
  • Gamo Silent Cat [$150]
  • Gamo Varmint Air Rifle [$120]

I recently had a Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal. It was a great pellet gun. It is a break barrel gun and really powerful. I bought it for $140 which is pretty inexpensive compared to PCP guns of similar power.

Also take a look at the Gamo Silent Cat.  Check Prices on Gamo.

Best Pellet Guns Under $100 for Hunting

  • Crosman 1377 or 1322 pistol
  • Umarex Strike point pistol
  • Crosman 760 PumpMaster rifle
  • Crosman 2100B rifle
  • Daisy Powerline 880 rifle

Pellet Pistols Under $100 for Hunting
If you like hunting with a pistol then you definitely want to look at the Crosman 1322 or 1377 American Classic pellet pistol. It’s a powerful and accurate pump action single shot. The 1377 is a .177 caliber pistol while the 1322 is a .22 caliber gun. It retails for about $60 and is a real bargain. You can add a butt stock to it, turning it into a carbine. The sights are very good and it is well made. A pistol is easy to carry into the field and bring into action.

Crosman 1377 – pellet velocity 600 fps

Crosman 1322 – pellet velocity 460 fps

*** Also check out the Umarex Strike pump pistol. It’s very similar to the Crosman.

Crosman 1322 air pistol

Pellet Rifles Under $100 for Hunting
The Crosman 2100B is another sub $100 pellet gun that is great for hunting small game. It too is a pump action single shot pellet gun however the 2100B is a rifle. It is very powerful with 10 pumps and accurate as well. You can mount a scope on it easily. It is part plastic and part metal but is still well made. It is a light weight gun and easy to carry long distances. It can shoot .177 pellets and BB’s. Pellets are much better for hunting because they are heavier and expand.

Crosman 2100b – BB velocity 755 fps and pellets 725 fps

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Best Pellet Gun $100-$200 for Hunting

The best pellet gun for hunting and for the money is, hands down, the Gamo Whisper Silent Cat Rifle. You can buy it online for about $150 even though it retails for $269.00.

The Silent Cat is a super pellet gun for hunting. It is very powerful, up to 1250 fps with PBA pellets which means you can hunt larger small game or shoot at longer distances. The Silent Cat is a synthetic stocked, break barrel single shot rifle. It is light weight and very ergonomic. The stock is fantastic. It fits really well and is comfortable. It has a rubber butt pad too…ohh and it comes with a 4X scope too!!

I want to also mention that it is QUIET. If you keep the pellet velocity below the speed of sound, it will remain quiet but if you use light PBA pellets and the velocity hits 1200+ fps then it will sound like a .22 rifle.

Best Pellet Gun Over $200 for Hunting

Gamo makes some of the finest pellet guns for hunting, period. The Gamo Swarm Magnum .22 caliber pellet gun is the tops for hunting small and medium size game. The Swarm Magnum in .22 caliber has a muzzle velocity of 1,300 fps with .22 caliber PBA pellets. This is an awesome hunting pellet gun! It’s a synthetic stocked, break barrel single shot with the famous Gamo Whisper noise damping technology. It also has a 10 shot pellet clip so you don’t have to load 1 pellet at a time.

Gamo Swarm Magnum Specs

  • .22 cal 1300 fps muzzle velocity with PBA pellets
  • Synthetic all weather stock
  • IGT Mach 1 gas piston
  • CAT or Custom Action Trigger
  • Whisper Fusion noise reduction technology
  • 10X 10 shot rotary magazine
  • Gamo 3-9 x 40 mm scope
  • Cocking effort 41 lbs
  • Weight 6.88 lbs
  • 5 year warranty

IT IS THE QUIETEST pellet gun in its class. The Gamo Swarm comes with a 3 x 9-40 mm scope and mounts. This gun is very close in power to a .22 LR rifle. The Swarm Magnum .22 retails for $329.95 but you can buy one online for about $295.99

Best Pellets for Hunting

Most lead pellets will provide descent accuracy and penetration but some are better than others. Crosman lead pellets are pretty good in accuracy and are cheap. I really like H&N and JSB lead pellets. I use the lighter weight pellets for birds and the heavier ones for small game like squirrels, rats, fox, coyote and opossum, etc.

Lead Pellet Nose Shape

There are 3 basic types of noses on hunting pellets

Flat Nose – good for hunting birds where deep penetration is not needed but shock is important. These are very accurate. Most competition target pellets are flat nose.

Round Nose – great all around nose for hunting small and medium game. The round nose penetrates well and expands for good shock. Also very accurate.

Hollowpoints – these are devastating on birds. They drop instantly.

Here are some of my favorite lead pellets for hunting.

.177 cal Pellets

H&N Barracuda Hunter Extreme Hollowpoints – [.177 cal] 9.77 grains

Crosman Premier Domed Field – [.177 cal] 10.5 grains

JSB Exact Monster Diabolo – [.177 cal] 13.43 grains

.22 cal Pellets

H&N Field Target Trophy – [.22 cal] 14.66 grains

JSB Exact Jumbo Monster – [.22 cal] 25.38 grains

H&N Pile Driver – [.22 cal] 29.94 grains

.177 cal – The H&N Barracuda hollowpoints are my favorite for birds. They are accurate and super explosive on birds and even large birds like crow and ravens. For larger game, squirrels, fox and rats, I use the JSB Exact Monster Diabolo pellets. These are heavier and penetrate really well. Accurate too.

.22 cal – The H&N Pile Driver and JSB Exact Jumbo Monster are the best for larger game like fox, coyote, raccoons and bobcat. I use pellet weights of 25.38 grains in the JSB and 29.94 in the H&N Pile Driver. These hunting pellets penetrate deep and are deadly on medium size game.