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.
- Noise Level
- Bolt Action
- Pump Action
- Target Groups
- Best Pellet Ammo
- Hunting Small Game
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The pellet is loaded and aligned with the barrel chamber.
Daisy Powerline 880 Multi Pump Action
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.