most powerful pellet rifle?


June 1, 2004, 01:29 PM
Hello I am in a local pellet rifle competition. I have around $1000USD to spend on my hobby and was wondering, what is the MOST powerful pellet/b-b rifle available?

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El Tejon
June 1, 2004, 01:34 PM
Crow Magnum in .25?

June 1, 2004, 01:40 PM
Is the AirForce Condor, , considered better than the Crow Magnum?

June 1, 2004, 03:36 PM
Try here for a powerful pellet gun...



June 1, 2004, 03:45 PM
Don't know the answer in absolute terms, but I can recommend one that's certainly powerfull enough for all practical purposes and won't set you back anywhere near your $1000:

RWS M48.

1100 f/s in .177 cal., 850 in .22 cal.

Fixed barrel, side-cocker. Superbly accurate and of very high quality. Retails in the USA for about $350.

My own M48 in .22 cal. wears an RWS 2x7X telescopic sight, puts five Beeman "Silver Ace" .22 pellets into less than 1/4" at 25 yds, and chronographs 838 f/s average velocity over my CED Millenium unit with same.

I've taken marauding rabbits out of our garden at a measured 31 yds with head shots. They dropped on the spot. Accurate and powerfull enough?

June 1, 2004, 03:55 PM
Oops, didn't see the 1K limit...for under 1K try here...


June 1, 2004, 04:27 PM
I have question. You say that you will be using the rifle in local competition? What type of competition is it? Generall speaking, if you are only doing the usualy target shooting, extreme power is not what you are looking for. Olympic class air rifles generally fire at a low FPS.

June 1, 2004, 05:17 PM
RWS 707 Career 9mm... it's a pre-charged pnuematic lever action repeater.

There are a bunch of Career knock offs as well. They run around $500. While I probably wouldn't recommend it, people have taken deer and hogs with these.

June 1, 2004, 05:27 PM
WarMachine - the competition is targets, but I also hunt so I would like something powerful to take down a large jackrabbits or deer.

June 1, 2004, 09:27 PM
Generally speaking, the game in targets is to go for the minimum power that will get the job done.

If you actually had any business taking a deer with an airgun then you wouldn't have to post here asking questions about them.

If that's not clear enough then go ask your mechanic what the best set of wrenches you can buy--because you want to start working on Ferarris.

June 1, 2004, 09:42 PM
John, there are superpowerful airguns that fire 50-58 cal Minie balls. Napoleon actually placed a bounty on English snipers using air rifles as they were muzzle flash or smoke. Therefore, I believe they could probably take a deer OK....
There are at least one or two making these super pellet guns nowadays, but I can't remember who, and am too lazy to Google it.
Saw an article some years ago about them in some gun mag - looked like Buck Rogers guns....

June 1, 2004, 11:36 PM

I didn't say "No one has any business taking deer with an airgun.", I said that if he had any business taking deer with an airgun, he wouldn't be posting questions about airguns here.

Just like the analogy I used. Clearly there are people who are qualified to work on exotic automobiles, but it's not because of the brand of wrenches they buy, and you don't see them posting very basic questions about their job on the internet.

I've shot a .308 air rifle with enough power to take a deer, and I've eaten wild hog that was shot with an air rifle. It's certainly possible to take larger game with a very high powered air gun, but it's very safe to say that someone who posts a question like "what is the MOST powerful pellet/b-b rifle available?" and then turns around and says he wants to take deer with his "powerful pellet/b-b rifle" is way, WAY off track.

June 2, 2004, 12:53 AM
I see, and stand corrected.
Notice no one sits corrected?

June 2, 2004, 02:04 AM

It was the Austrians who were armed with air rifles

June 2, 2004, 03:54 PM
I would like something powerful to take down a large jackrabbits or deer. There's a BIG difference between jackrabbits and deer. The RWS M48 mentioned earlier by mainmech48 is a good choice for jackrabbits. In .177 it WILL take rabbits, feral cats, and armadillos - trust me on this - at reasonable ranges and with good shot placement.

I can't help with recommendations on air rifles for larger game.

June 2, 2004, 04:06 PM
This is total BS . . . There are no air rifle target sports which allow anything near the power of the Big Game hunting air rifles.

There are 3 primary types of air rifle competition:
1. Paper target in various forms - use low power w/ peep sights - Olympic style is the top of this game.

2. Field target (simulated hunting) - use high powered (12 - 15 ft-lbs) with scope etc. High end is PCP in .177 cal.

3. Silhouette - uses a mix of olympic style and FT style.

What type of competition are you planning on? Only the specialized big bore air rifles will take down a deer and it is not always legal.


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