100 yard groups?
I hope not to ruffle feathers, but the fact remains that there is alot of BS on the forums regarding group sizes. If everyone shot as well as they claim to shoot day in and day out, BR and FT results would be much different than they are. There are a number of highly talented shooters that grace this and other forums, but the average airgunner simply is not as good as these folks. The guys that take precision shooting very seriously have highly tuned guns and use only the best pellets and they are usually sorted or sized in someway shape or form.
Another key element to repeatable long range accuracy are wind flags. Pellets are highly effected by even the very slightest air movement. I don’t see how the average, to slightly above average shooter could possibly expect to shoot well without them.
Rests… there is a reason that when you attend serious BR competitions, many and in some cases all competitors have rests that cost as much or more than some people’s guns.
In regards to the OP, many guys that strive for 100 yard precision are shooting .25 and .30 calibers. Typically, these will have better ballistics than a .22 thus easier to obtain good 100 yard groups.
My own quest for 100 yard airgun precision did payoff after alot of hard work. Between tuning guns, barrel work, pellet sizing, and tons of practice, I put together a good number of groups that I will always be proud of. In all honesty I have never been able to shoot moa or sub moa group after group after group. There have been what I consider to have been great days but those days are far fewer than the not so good and even terrible days.
Alot changes as range increases from 50 yards. I find it rather easy to shoot moa and less at 50 with capable guns. I still tend to shoot very good averages at 75 yards. 100 however, as I stated above is just not daily moa or less groups. While I don’t doubt that there are very talented and hard working shooters that probably shoot 2 to 3 times better than I ever will, just remember anyone can be whatever they want on the airgun forums!!
I hope not to ruffle feathers, but the fact remains that there is alot of BS on the forums regarding group sizes. If everyone shot as well as they claim to shoot day in and day out, BR and FT results would be much different than they are. There are a number of highly talented shooters that grace this and other forums, but the average airgunner simply is not as good as these folks. The guys that take precision shooting very seriously have highly tuned guns and use only the best pellets and they are usually sorted or sized in someway shape or form. Another key element to repeatable long range accuracy are wind flags. Pellets are highly effected by even the very slightest air movement. I don't see how the average, to slightly above average shooter could possibly expect to shoot well without them. Rests... there is a reason that when you attend serious BR competitions, many and in some cases all competitors have rests that cost as much or more than some people's guns. In regards to the OP, many guys that strive for 100 yard precision are shooting .25 and .30 calibers. Typically, these will have better ballistics than a .22 thus easier to obtain good 100 yard groups. My own quest for 100 yard airgun precision did payoff after alot of hard work. Between tuning guns, barrel work, pellet sizing, and tons of practice, I put together a good number of groups that I will always be proud of. In all honesty I have never been able to shoot moa or sub moa group after group after group. There have been what I consider to have been great days but those days are far fewer than the not so good and even terrible days. Alot changes as range increases from 50 yards. I find it rather easy to shoot moa and less at 50 with capable guns. I still tend to shoot very good averages at 75 yards. 100 however, as I stated above is just not daily moa or less groups. While I don't doubt that there are very talented and hard working shooters that probably shoot 2 to 3 times better than I ever will, just remember anyone can be whatever they want on the airgun forums!!
The 16 Best Air Guns of 2021
Written By Joseph Albanese
Published Feb. 4, 2021
By: Joseph Albanese
Follow our full coverage of the best new hunting and shooting gear of 2021, including rifles, handguns, shotguns, ammunition, compound bows, crossbows, and more.
Air guns fill many niches. Kids can learn firearm safety using a BB gun before stepping up to the real thing; some use pellet rifles to hunt without breaking local firearm-discharge ordinances; and an air gun can be a simple pest-control tool, or a serious arm for competition. The market has something for everyone, and prices that range from easily affordable to those that require a small bank loan.
Best Air Guns of 2021
As with so many things this year, the introduction of new air guns for 2021 was slowed by COVID-19. So what follows is a list of both the best air rifles and pistols introduced this year, and the best air guns introduced in 2020 that are still in each company’s 2021 lineup.
1. Stoeger S8000-E TAC Suppressed Airgun
Stoeger introduced their first air gun last year, a precharged pneumatic model with enough juice for small-game hunting. For 2021, Stoeger is expanding their line up with the introduction of a new air rifle that utilizes a pneumatic piston. The S8000-E TAC is available in both .177 and .22 calibers, delivering pellets up to 1,200 and 1,000 fps respectively. Cocking the barrel compresses Stoeger’s Gas-Ram system, which delivers consistent performance without the drop in velocity that accompanies aging springs. The gas system also eliminates the noise and shock the spring creates as it comes to an abrupt stop. To further reduce sound, the S8000-E TAC is fitted with an Airflow Control (AFC) suppressor that combines an internal air-regulator ring and baffles that slowly bleeds off air pressure. The synthetic stock features integrated Picatinny rails on both sides of the forend for mounting accessories such as lights for pest control after dark. Check prices here.
2. UMAREX USA Prepared 2 Protect HDP 50 Less-Than-Lethal Pepper Ball Air Pistol
One of the reasons air guns are so popular is that they often aren’t subject to the same laws that regulate firearms. Umarex is bringing this advantage to the self-defense market with the introduction of the Prepared 2 Protect HDP 50 Pepper Ball Air Pistol. This 12-gram CO2 cylinder-powered pistol fires .50 caliber pepper, powder, and rubber rounds to provide less-than-lethal self-defense options. Because the pepper-filled capsules are launched at 350 fps, they are effective at up to twice the distance as traditional sprays. The HDP 50 features a quick-piercing CO2 system that pressurizes the pistol in an instant, but doesn’t allow the cylinder to leak down over time to where there’s not enough oomph when you need it. An internal magazine houses six rounds at the ready. A ready-to-fire indicator is located where you might expect to find one on a striker-fired pistol, letting you know when it’s ready to go. The bottom-mounted accessory rail allows for the installation of lights or lasers. Check availability here.
3. LCS Air Arms SK-19 Automatic Air Rifle
Because of their complexity, there are few semi-auto airguns, and even fewer capable of full-auto fire. But consumer demand drives the market, and more are cropping up each year. One of the newest additions is the SK-19 from LCS Air Arms, which offers select-fire capability in both .22 or .25 caliber. The massive magazine holds 19 pellets, which you can send downrange at an impressive rate (19 pellets in less than 3 seconds) or switch to semi and take more measured shots. Pellets are delivered accurately at whatever rate you choose, thanks to the precision Lothar-Walther barrel. The tunable, regulated action can be dialed in quickly using the easy-to-access regulator knob and power wheel. Two separate gauges indicate pressure at the regulator and in the 480cc removable carbon fiber tank so you can tell how fast the pellets are moving and how much fun you have left at a glance. A carbon-fiber shroud and silencer surround the barrel to bring the sound signature down. Performance comes at a cost, so expect to pay handsomely for all of this American-madeinnovation. $2,189; lcsairarms.com
4. Diana 54 Airking Pro Laminated Air Rifle
5. Air Venturi Springfield Armory XD-E BB Pistol
This new BB Pistol from Air Venturi is designed to mimic the feel of Springfield Armory’s popular XD-E centerfire pistol, complete with blow-back action to simulate recoil. Many details from the original are present, including the Grip Zone texturing and functional takedown lever, making this an ideal trainer. The magazine of the replica houses both the 12-gram CO2 cartridge and 18 BBs, making loading similar to the real deal. It even features an accessory rail so you practice with the same light or laser you typically carry. The windage-adjustable red fiber-optic front sight and fixed two-dot rear offer an excellent sight picture for a BB gun. An ambidextrous safety, magazine release, and front and rear slide serrations make manipulating the XDE BB Pistol easy. Spare magazines will be available, so you can practice reloads as well. It only pushes steel BBs at 380 fps, however, so this one is reserved for paper punching and can duty only.
Packs A Punch
The PileDriver is currently the world’s most powerful production air rifle. Hatsan Airguns USA
The newly introduced Hatsan PileDriver delivers a .50 caliber pellet at 850 fps for energy in excess of 800 foot-pounds—dethroning the AirForce Texan to take the title of world’s most powerful air rifle among factory-produced guns. That’s more than enough power to drop a deer or hog with a well-placed shot. Filling the attached reservoir to 4,300 psi will propel up to five pellets at full-charge, allowing for follow up shots if needed. Only a handful of states permit hunting big game with an air gun now, but most allow the taking of small game and varmints like coyotes. The bullpup stock keeps overall length down despite the 33-inch barrel, and features an adjustable cheek rest and buttpad. And the two-stage adjustable trigger breaks cleaner than one would expect on a hunting air gun. The Pile Driver will also be available in .45 caliber, throwing the smaller pellets about 50 fps faster and allowing for six shots before power drops off. Check availability from Airgun Depot here.
7. Benjamin Marauder Semi-Automatic PCP
The Benjamin Marauder uses excess air from each shot to cycle the action and load a new pellet into the chamber. Crosman
In a gas-operated semiauto firearm, excess gasses from the combustion of a round are siphoned off and used to cycle the action. But no ignition takes place inside an air gun, making engineering an autoloader difficult. As a result, there are very few semi-automatic air guns on the market. However, Benjamin devised a way to recycle some of the compressed air used to propel a shot back into the action. The Benjamin Marauder makes for a semiauto air rifle with faster follow up shots than most of the competition, which is a boon for hunters and a blast for plinkers. To use, throw in a 10-shot magazine and pull the AR-style charging handle. The on-board tank can be filled to 3,000 psi, giving you about 60 shots and pushing a .22-caliber pellet 950 fps with 29 foot-pounds of energy—plenty of power for squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. The Marauder Semi features a wood stock with an adjustable comb for an excellent cheek weld, and the receiver wears a Picatinny rail so you can easily mount any optic you’d like.
8. Winchester Air Rifles Model 12 Pump-Action BB Gun
Now your kids can learn gun safety on a platform that looks a heck of a lot like your favorite shotgun. Daisy lent Winchester their experience building air guns to help produce a pump-action facsimile of the famed Model 12. Just like the iconic scattergun, each shot requires a pump to load a BB into the chamber which will help develop muscle memory for when your kid moves up to his own shotgun. BBs are fed from a 12-round spring-loaded magazine, and the onboard storage holds another 250 or so in reserve. A cross-bolt safety is located in front of the trigger guard, which will also help with familiarization. Length of pull might be a little long for junior, at 14 inches, but they’ll grow into it. The Model 12 Pump BB gun only produces about 350 fps of velocity, so it’s strictly a backyard plinker.
9. Air Venturi Avenger
The Air Venturi Avenger is an affordable PCP gun that has one notable feature missing from other air guns in this price range: An adjustable regulator. The easily adjustable external regulator valve allows you to change the pressure of each shot on the fly. This means you can turn up the velocity for long shots or lower it so you don’t damage property with an errant shot or a pass-through when dealing with pests. Dual gauges let you keep track of pressure; the gauge on the right side indicates shot pressure, the left fill. And there is a side lever to actuate the magazine and load the chamber for rapid follow up shots. The fully-shrouded barrel helps keep noise down so you don’t annoy the neighbors—or scare off the other pigeons in the milking parlor. The Avenger is available in .177, .22, and .25 calibers.
10. Umarex AirSaber and AirJavelin
Airbows, like the Umarex AirSaber, can be used to hunt varmints in many states, and some allow them for deer hunting as well. Umarex USA
Benjamin rolled out the first pneumatic arrow flicker when it introduced the Pioneer Airbow in 2016. It took some time for other companies to catch on, but we’re starting to see entries in this unique category from more makers. Two of these are the AirSaber and AirJavelin from Umarex. The AirSaber is the more powerful of the pair, launching arrows at velocities up to 480 fps with 178 foot-pounds of energy. That’s enough power to take big game. Ten or so states already allow deer hunting with air-archery implements and many more let you pursue predators and varmints. The AirSaber uses specially designed arrows to deal with the air pressure, but you can still use your favorite mechanical or fixed-blade broadhead. The AirJavelin is designed for plinking, as it tosses arrows at only 300 fps with 34 foot-pounds of energy. A single 88-gram CO2 cylinder provides enough power to shoot dozens of arrows, and an adapter is available that will allow you to use two standard 12-gram CO2 cylinders instead. Make sure you also get extra arrows, too.
11. Air Venturi M1A Air Rifle
One of the great things about air guns is the wide variety of firearm replicas available. And one example of that is the Springfield Armory M1A Underlever from Air Venturi. Through an exclusive licensing deal, Air Venturi has secured the rights to reproduce the M1A, and they managed to replicate the look and heft of the iconic rifle. Propulsion is provided by a unique underlever system: If you need added leverage to complete the stroke, the cocking arm telescopes to give you more of a mechanical advantage. The powerful spring drives a .177 pellet at 1,000 fps, and the .22 caliber version moves at 800 fps. Loading is simple, thanks to a unique sliding breech system. Sighting is accomplished by the blade front and adjustable rear, though the gun appears to be drilled and tapped to accept an M1A scope mount. $199;
12. Hatsan FlashPup SYN Quiet Energy
The original Hatsan Flashpup is favorite of small game air-gunners for stalking bushytails, so I was excited to see a new synthetic version being released at this year’s SHOT Show. The adjustable bullpup stock ditches hardwood for polymer to resist the effects of wet weather, yet it retains all the other features that made the original so popular. The side-cocking lever combines with a self-indexing magazine to make cycling the rifle easier than traditional bolt-action air guns. When fully charged, this PCP rifle delivers velocities of about 1,250 fps with 40 foot-pounds of energy—plenty for small game. A match-grade two-stage adjustable trigger helps you put shots where you want them, and Hatsan’s patented QuietEnergy shrouded barrel reduces report by up to 50 percent, keeping the neighbors happy. You can pick up the new FlashPup SYN QE in .177, .22, and .25 caliber. Check prices here.
13. Umarex Legends M1A1
Another great reproduction is the Legends M1A1 from Umarex. This full-auto replica of the Thompson submachine gun spews BBs at an unbelievable rate of fire. The Legends M1A1 features a blowback action, complete with a reciprocating bolt handle similar to the one found on the original Tommy Gun. And, tipping the scales at about eight pounds, it weighs about the same, too. The magazine holds 30 BBs and houses two 12-gram CO2 cylinders. Reloading is a breeze, but you’ll probably want to pick up a few extra mags, because they empty quickly.
14. Diana 34 EMS Series
This classic spring-powered air gun got an update this year with a range of customizable options. Diana Air guns
You’re probably familiar with the Diana 34 break-barrel spring/piston air rifle. They’ve been in production for about 36 years, with few changes until now. This year Diana added the Easy Modular System, or EMS, to bring the 34 more in line with current airgun tech. This single-shot spring gun is available in both wood and synthetic stocks, and has the ability to swap barrels so one receiver can be used to propel both .177 and .22 caliber pellets. The business end has lots of interchangeable options, too, including a fiber optic bead, a tunnel sight, and a muzzle brake that is said to improve accuracy by altering barrel harmonics. Interchangeable rear sight choices also include fiber optic models. But perhaps the biggest improvement is the two-piece cocking lever that reduces the effort needed to charge the gun. Lastly, a shim kit is included to correct the droop that can occur as the spring gets worn, and you can swap the spring/piston unit for one of Diana’s N-TEC gas rams if you choose. Check prices here.
15. Beeman PCP Under Lever
Bullpup stocks are great because they put a full-length barrel in a shorter overall package that is easier to maneuver, but manipulating the controls can be difficult because they are shifted so far rearward. To combat this, Beeman created an action that allows a shooter to load a pellet and cock the rifle with a lever located under the forend. This provides faster follow up shots because you don’t need to lift your head off the stock to work the action, and the 10-shot rotary magazine gives you plenty of chances. The relatively low pressure fill of 2,000 psi delivers up to 1,000 fps in .177 and 830 fps in .22. Shop the Beeman Under Lever PCP here.
16. Rapid Air Weapons HM 1000x LRT Chassis Rifle
This super-accurate PCP air rifle will shoot sub-MOA groups at 100 yards. Rapid Air Weapons
Chassis rifles have worked their way into air-gunning, and the HM 1000x LRT from Rapid Air Weapons (RAW) is evidence of that. RAW claims the LRT is the most accurate pre-charged pneumatic air rifle built in the U.S., delivering sub-MOA groups at 100 yards. The competition-proven HM 1000x receiver is tuned to ensure consistent shot strings with 50 foot-pounds of muzzle energy in .22 and 60 foot-pounds in .25 caliber. The LR is fitted with a polygonal-rifled Lothar Walther barrel finished with a carbon fiber barrel sleeve and integral carbon fiber moderator, all of which is tested for accuracy before it leaves RAW. There is a 12-shot rotary magazine and a smooth side-lever cocking mechanism so you can concentrate on shooting, not loading. The ambidextrous chassis features a pistol grip, adjustable cheek rest, and an adjustable spring-loaded butt pad for a custom fit. Check availability here.
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New for 2019 – The Pyramyd Air Cup is adding a 100 yard benchrest competition! We will be following the Airgun Sporting Association 100 Yard Benchrest Rules.
- Any safety violations or breakage of range rules will result in your immediate disqualification.
- Follow the instructions of the range officers at all times.
- Keep your muzzle downrange at all times.
- Caliber: Air Rifles .35 caliber and below are allowed.
- Ammo: Must be mass produced, diabolo pellets. (Example: JSB Exacts, H&N Baracuda, etc.) No slugs or cast ammo allowed.
- If a shooter believes their target was shot by another competitor, make it known IMMEDIATELY to a range officer by raising your hand and informing the RO. The disputed shot will be investigated at the end of the round.
- Tethered tanks are not allowed.
- One piece rests are allowed.
- Muzzle must remain pointed safely downrange at all times.
- Shooters may refill their guns as many times as necessary during each round. The gun must remain on the bench at all times. It is acceptable for shooters to keep their tanks near or under their bench during the round.
- Wind flags/indicators must stay in your shooting lane.
- If you are not at the line at the beginning of your scheduled round, you will not be competing in that round. No make-ups will be allowed.
- Cell phones must be on silent and competitors may not use their phone for communication during their round.
- Once you have completed your shooting, it is recommended that you remain at your bench until the time for your round has ended. Your gun must not leave your bench until the range is cold.
- Guns must be transported from your case to the bench (or from the bench to the case) during a cold line, after the round has ended.
- Cheating of any form will result in your immediate disqualification from the event.
Scoring and Format
- 2 Qualifying Rounds shot at a distance of 100 Yards.
- 1 Final Round at 100 Yards.
- 25 targets. One shot allowed per scorable target.
- Any shots over 25 in the target area will be a -10 on the total score.
- Shots outside of the 4 ring on a given target will be scored a 3.
- All rounds have a 30-minute time limit.
- Bench positions will be randomly drawn for the qualifying rounds. Bench positions will be randomly drawn on-site for the Final round.
- There will be 3 qualifying heats, of 40 shooters per heat.
- Depending on the total number of shooters, a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 shooters from each heat will advance to the finals (max 30 shooters in the finals).
- If there is a tie, the number of X’s will be used to break the tie.
- A .35 caliber plug will be used for scoring.
- Targets will be scored inward.
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Wyatt Earp has said:
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything
And I just thought how many airgunners are obsessed with muzzle velocity and muzzle energy,
Yet few really bother about air rifle accuracy.
Well, perhaps it’s a general assumption that if an air rifle is fast enough, then it is accurate.
And not just that.
I’ve come across several air rifle myths that seriously need to be debunked.
Allow me to mention just a few before we get into the dynamics of air rifle accuracy:
- Longer barrels are more accurate than shorter barrels
- Cheap or expensive, all pellets are the same
- It is best to use pointed pellets when hunting instead of domed or hollow-point pellets
- To get a good quality airgun, you have to drain your wallet
- All air rifle barrels should be cleaned regularly
- Purchase a high-end scope to improve your airgun accuracy
- Chinese, American, Turkish, German, etc. airguns are all the same
- You can’t recondition a broken airgun to proper functionality
- Air rifles will never be as accurate as firearms
- Use a BB gun to scare animals away
- It’s impossible to find hunting permissions nowadays
I blame this for misinformation.
For now, let’s debunk the myths surrounding air rifle accuracy.
Table of Contents
First of all, what is air rifle accuracy?
I can confidently define air rifle accuracy as the ability of the air rifle to shoot ammo and hit the intended target. That’s all.
When you aim at a target, you really expect the pellet to land right where you wanted it to.
After all, you’ve learned how to use the open sights, or the scope, you’ve mastered the correct way to hold the airgun,
And you have great expertise in pulling that trigger – whether one-stage or two-stage.
And then it seems you can’t just hit the target.
Sometimes the pellet hits many inches above the target, sometimes below, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left.
When that happens:
- Some people blame the air rifle for inaccuracy
- Some people blame themselves
- Some people blame forces of nature
For your information, all the three groups of people are correct. But let us focus on the first group.
How is air rifle accuracy measured?
To measure accuracy, you need to have some paper target, preferably patterned like a darts board, with the bullseye at the very center.
Now stand with your air rifle at some specific distance from the target – 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards, 50, yards, 100 yards, or whichever distance you like.
This is because, when it comes to describing the accuracy-test results, you have to be specific regarding the distance from the target the test was done.
The results are not always the same for different distances.
Aim at the bull’s eye – in this case, the intersection of the 2 red lines. Fire 5 shots, each time aiming at the bull’s eye.
You can do 10 if you like.
The pellets will hit the target paper, but very unlikely at the very same spot.
You are likely to have the pellet marks spread as follows.
Use vernier calipers or a plain ruler to measure the distance between the two pellet marks that are farthest from each other.
Assuming this distance is ¾ inch and you took the shots standing 20 yards away from the target,
The accuracy of the air rifle can be stated as ¾” at 20 yards.
There must be some reason why all the pellets don’t hit the bull’s eye as intended.
Here are the reasons.
Main reasons for inaccuracy
1. The barrel
When you pull the trigger and the pellet begins its ballistic flight, the very first component of the air rifle to guide the flight path of the pellet is the barrel.
The design of the interior of the barrel – what we call the bore – can affect the movement of the pellet within the barrel.
The three most common designs are:
- Smooth bore barrel
- Rifled barrel with spiral grooves
- Rifled barrel with longitudinal grooves
The spiral grooves in rifled barrels cause the pellet to spin along its longitudinal axis as it flies out of the muzzle.
This makes the pellet fly a long distance and in a more straight flight path.
For smoothbore barrels, the pellet flies without this spin.
As such, it tends to lose energy after some short distance.
If the target is far, a pellet shot from a smoothbore barrel will most likely veer off its straight flight path.
This implies that air rifles with rifled barrels tend to be more accurate (even in long ranges) than air rifles with smoothbore barrels.
Imperfections in the barrel
Apart from the barrel design, the bore may have some burrs and other tiny imperfections, especially for brand new rifles.
This is normal in many steel products and should not be taken as incompetency on the part of the manufacturer.
As a matter of fact, that is what led to the idea of seasoning air rifles after purchase – or rather breaking-in air rifles.
The process aims at shooting as many pellets as possible in the hope that the abrasive nature of the pellets will get rid of these burrs.
If the imperfections are more pronounced, they can have a significant effect on the ballistic flight of the pellet.
The pellet may bounce off a bump within the bore and change direction, as well as lose speed.
Suppose the longitudinal axis of the barrel is not perfectly parallel to the longitudinal axis of the scope.
That means the barrel will be pointing in a different direction from your line of sight.
You don’t expect a pellet shot from such a rifle to hit the bull’s eye.
In line with this issue is barrels that are not firmly fixed to the stock. This can be as a result of:
- Poor machining quality by the manufacturer
- Mishandling by the airgun user
- Warping and thickening of the stock due to absorption of moisture – especially for wooden stocks
- Loose screws
Whenever you fire a shot, the resulting action and reaction forces may cause the barrel to slightly move from its initial position, thus affecting the flight of the ammo.
The muzzle is the front-most part of the barrel from where the ammo exits into the air.
Any damage, corrosion, flaw, or obstruction around the muzzle can significantly alter the intended flight of the pellet.
Crosman’s Jock Elliot narrates his harrowing experience on how he came to the conclusion that airguns are as individualistic as people.
It was kind of an air rifle accuracy test.
The weather was perfect, the guy was good, the gun was awesome.
He tried to shoot groups but it seemed the airgun was not just getting it right.
He tried different target distances – all this proved futile.
He used all his popular pellets – the shot groups still looked horrible.
As a last resort, Jock tried some pellet brands he rarely uses.
And that worked the magic.
It’s amazing – or rather confusing – how two identical Benjamin Trail NP air rifles can fail to shoot with similar accuracy using a given pellet brand.
But that’s the reality of the matter – just like you can be a die-hard football fan while your identical twin brother has no idea who CR7 is.
The bottomline is that there is the most perfect pellet for your air rifle out there.
It is not guaranteed that even the pellets supplied with the airgun will work best.
It is upon you to test and test and test – until you find the perfect match.
3. The powerplant
It is now a popular saying in the airgun world that PCPs and gas piston airguns are more accurate than springers.
That might be true, but the actual culprit is the air rifle user.
Obviously, springers produce more recoil than PCPs and gas piston airguns.
Recoil is known to generate vibrations that destabilize the hold of the airgun.
If you hold a springer flimsily, it is very likely that your shots won’t be accurate.
The slight movements of the airgun affect the flight path of the pellet.
4. The trigger
The more confident you are on the trigger, the more accurate you are likely to turn out.
Some triggers are so perfectly made that you know the exact distance to pull them before the airgun fires.
The pull is likewise not too heavy nor too light.
That’s what brings accuracy.
If the trigger pull feels so heavy, it may be difficult to master exactly how much you pull it before it fires.
The same is the case with a trigger that is too light and those that are not crisp.
Tips to improve air rifle accuracy
To improve your air rifle accuracy, you basically have to rectify the problems mentioned above.
Do the following to boost the accuracy of your air rifle.
- Use a spirit level to ensure that you are holding your air rifle as level as possible, and not in a slanted position.
- Some airguns have their own in-built spirit levels, but for others you’ll need a separate one.
- If your trigger is adjustable, tune it to a position that is crisp and predictable enough – making sure its not so heavy nor so light.
- Use good quality scope mounts that perfectly align the scope with the barrel.
- Have some adequate eye relief when shooting – don’t place your eye too near the rear lens, or too far from it.
- Make yourself as stable as possible before shooting.
- Perhaps kneeling will give you more stability than standing – or even leaning your body against a tree.
- Master the correct way of holding your air rifle and stick to that.
- Try out different pellets until you find the brand and type that your air rifle likes.
- Then stick with it, as long as it serves the purpose.
- Tighten loose screws on the stock to ensure the point of aim is as close as possible to the point of impact.
- Clean your barrel in case the inaccuracy problems are caused by leading.
- Master your trigger control.
- Pull it steadily – rather than snatch it vigorously.
- Invest in a good air rifle scope specifically designed for either target shooting or hunting
- Don’t buy the most powerful air rifle if you are just starting out in this shooting hobby.
- Powerful airguns usually produce much recoil, and may be heavy and longer than the rest.
- You’ll need to be a skilled shooter to shoot accurately with them.
- From experience, it is good to sight in your rifle at around 30 yards if you are using a .177 or .22 caliber air rifle.
- You won’t have accuracy problems for targets that are a bit farther or nearer by 15 yards.
- Don’t use junk pellets for sighting in and then your preferred pellet brand for the actual shoot.
- Use the same pellets all through for more accuracy.
- Practice with your air rifle until you can consistently achieve 1 inch shot grouping at your typical target distance.
There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of airguns.
Some of these factors relate to the airgun itself, while some concern the user of the air rifle.
For the rifle-related factors, the barrel and pellets cause nearly 90% of all the accuracy problems.
All the other factors contribute a mere 10% to the air rifle accuracy issues?
That tells you to wisely choose your air rifle by considering the quality of the barrel, as well as purchase quality pellets from trusted brands.
Once these two are sorted, work on your shooting skills until you get it right.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What affects air rifle accuracy?
Airgun accuracy is mainly affected by the following factors:
- The type of barrel – whether rifled or smooth bore
- The presence of imperfections within the bore of the barrel
- The brand, shape, and weight of pellets used
- Whether or not the air rifle has been sighted in properly
- Whether or not the scope is mounted properly
- The bedding quality of the barrel on the stock of the air rifle
- The preciseness of the trigger
- The capability of the shooter to properly hold the air rifle, aim at the target and make a confident shot
3. How to hold an air rifle for accuracy?
If you are right-handed, follow the following steps.
If you are left handed, replace every ‘left’ with ‘right’ and every ‘right with ‘left’.
- Place your left palm under the forearm of the air rifle. Leave the palm open rather than tightly clenching the gun.
- Wrap your right hand around the pistol grip with your forefinger gently resting on the trigger
- Let the butt pad rest on your shoulder and gently press your cheek against the stock.
- You can now breathe in, breathe out, pull the trigger.
This is what we refer to as the artillery hold.
Watch Tom Gaylord below for more details on the artillery hold:
You may also wish to use some fixed support for the air rifle instead of your palm.
Virtually any support can work, but you better go with a custom made bipod stand.
4. What is the highest rated air rifle in accuracy?
The Benjamin Marauder PCP air rifle is one of the highest rated airguns in terms of accuracy.
It is capable of 1.5” shot groups at 100 yards. And it gets even better at closer shooting ranges.
Great shooters have even achieved 1’ groupings at 70 yards.
One famous shooter, Ted, was able to achieve the following shot groups with the .25 Benjamin Marauder at 100 yards.
Looks too good to be true!
=> Read Benjamin Marauder pellet gun review here
5. How to improve accuracy of CO2 air rifle?
In addition to the general air rifle accuracy tips just discussed, CO2 air air rifles beg a little more simply
Because they use CO2 cartridges as their main power plant.
The CO2 in the gas cylinder exists as both a pressurized gas and liquid.
When some of the gas is released upon firing a shot, some more liquid CO2 turns into gaseous form.
The pressure within the cylinder therefore remains somewhat constant until all the liquid is used up.
Now, the pressure of CO2 depends on the temperature.
A decrease in temperature will cause the pressure to drop.
And that means less velocity for the pellet.
Imagine you sighted your gun at 35 degrees celsius and you are now shooting the gun at 25 degrees celsius.
You will very likely not hit the point of aim.
Therefore, the best practice is to sight in your CO2 air rifle at the same temperature you’ll be doing the real shooting.
For semi-automatic air rifles – which allow you to fire multiple shots in quick succession – it’s a good practice to allow some seconds to elapse before making the next shot.
Every time you fire a shot, some CO2 changes from liquid to gas.
This cools the air rifle and tends to reduce the pressure in the cylinder.
Therefore, each subsequent shot becomes less and less powerful.
Lastly, ensure all seals are tight enough to hold the gas without leakages.
7. How far can a pellet gun shoot accurately?
Some high end pellet guns are known to have great accuracy even up to 300 yards.
However, a great majority of pellet guns are limited to shooting ranges less than 100 yards.
The less powerful ones will not shoot accurately beyond 30 or so yards.
8. How far can a .22 air rifle shoot accurately?
The current world record for the longest airgun hit stands at 1400 yards.
That’s a whopping 1.28 km!
The air rifle used was the .22 Altaros M24 – which mimics the legendary M24 sniper rifle.
However, note that this is an isolated shot.
It may be difficult to get a measurable group of shots at that distance.
As a matter of fact, the manufacturer states that the accuracy of the Altaros M24 is 1 MOA up to 200 yards,
Which is equivalent to 2” groupings at 200 yards.
Other high end .22 air rifles boast of 1” groups at 100 yards, while others claim to be as accurate as ½” groups at 50 yards.
Repeatedly getting such good accuracy results is challenging.
You rather set your mind to something like 1” groups at 30 yards, 2” groups at 50 yards and 4” groups at 100 yards.
9. What is a good accuracy for a .22 air rifle?
As elaborated in the previous question, some expert airgunners have achieved exceptionally good accuracy with their .22 air rifles.
- 1” groupings at 100 yards is considered exceptional accuracy
- 0.5” groupings at 50 yards is also considered exceptional accuracy
A good accuracy for a .22 air rifle is something in the range of:
- 1” shot groups at 30 yards
- 2” shot groups at 50 yards
- 4” shot groups at 100 yards.
11. .177 or .22 – which is more accurate?
At some fixed distance, say 50 yards, a .22 pellet will more likely hit the point of aim as compared to a .177 pellet.
You see, the .22 pellets are heavier than the .177 pellets, and therefore are less likely to be swayed by the wind.
But in yet another twist, the speed of .177 pellets is usually higher than that of .22 pellets.
As such, the .22 pellets tend to lose their flight power faster than the .177 pellets.
In such a scenario, the .177 air rifles can be said to be more accurate than .22 air rifles.
Additionally, it is now known that airgun manufacturers give better attention to .177 air rifles so as to boost their accuracy beyond what the .22 air rifles can achieve
Since the .177 airguns are mostly used in target shooting competitions.
With all these facts in mind, neither of the two air rifles can be openly termed as more accurate than the other.
(For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.)
12. What is the most accurate .22 pellet?
We just agreed that air rifles are generally fussy when it comes to pellets.
No single brand will produce the same results in several different air rifles.
But to narrow down your search, consider trying the following trusted brands:
- H & N Baracuda Match pellets
- JSB Jumbo monster pellets
- RWS Hobby pellets
- Crosman premier pellets
- H & N field target trophy
13. Are pointed pellets more accurate?
In some way, yes.
This is because of the streamlined shape that makes the pellet face the least air resistance on its flight path.
However, the round nosed pellets are also streamlined to some extent.
And many other pellets have some element of streamlining.
Maybe the biggest difference would be noted if there were cube-shaped pellets?
15. Does cleaning your rifle affect accuracy?
The bore of the barrel naturally cleans itself as you regularly shoot pellets.
However, there are instances when the dirt within the bore can be so stubborn that the natural cleaning process is not effective.
In such cases, thoroughly cleaning your air rifle may improve accuracy.
Cleaning in the wrong way may also negatively affect accuracy.
Take the example of using water on a wooden stock.
Wood thickens and warps when it absorbs moisture.
The result is poor bedding quality of the barrel and subsequent decrease in accuracy.
19. What is the most accurate .177 air rifle?
The Air Arms S510 XS Ultimate Sporter Air Rifle easily delivers sub-MOA shot groups at 100 yards.
This is possible with the 1035 fps muzzle velocity and 3626 PSI PCP power plant.
A single fill gives you 40 fully-powered shots. You will however have to cough a colossal 2,000 USD to acquire this beast.
If you have less than 200 bucks but still enthusiastic about great accuracy, go for the likes of the Hatsan 95 Break Barrel Air Rifle.
20. Air rifle barrel length vs accuracy?
As highlighted in the intro section of this piece, the notion that air rifles with longer barrels are more accurate than those with shorter barrels is nothing but a myth.
There are air rifles with shorter barrels that are more accurate than their counterparts with longer barrels.
It’s rather the quality and design of the barrel that matters when it comes to accuracy.
However, for CO2 air rifles, a longer barrel improves the muzzle velocity and punching power of the pellet up to a certain optimal length.
Beyond this optimum point, muzzle velocity and energy start decreasing.
Altering the barrel length in CO2 air rifles therefore has a significant effect on the air rifle accuracy.
Sean Campbell’s love for hunting and outdoor life is credited to his dad who constantly thrilled him with exciting cowboy stories. His current chief commitment involves guiding aspiring gun handlers on firearm safety and shooting tactics at the NRA education and training department. When not with students, expect to find him either at his gunsmithing workshop, in the woods hunting, on the lake fishing, on nature photoshoots, or with his wife and kid in Maverick, Texas.
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