High-powered air rifles are becoming a popular choice among many hunters, and are now common choices among many urban residents looking to get rid of annoying pests. There are many benefits to using an air rifle instead of a standard firearm, including that in some urban areas high-powered air rifles are legal to own and shoot unlike regular guns. In these areas, pellet guns can be used to track and eliminate rats, possums, and other common yard pests.
Hunters love the fact that air rifles are quieter than a standard high-powered gun, making it easier for you to get closer to the target and even take multiple shots if needed. While high-powered rifles normally only fire pellets at a maximum distances of 400 yards, it is still an extremely efficient firearm. While these air rifles are not normally used for plinking, they can be used for training and to improve marksmanship.
If you have been considering purchasing a high-powered air rifle to use for either hunting or pest control, we have listed of few of our favorites. Just remember to always check with your local gun laws before firing any air gun, especially in an urban area.
The Best High Powered Air Rifles
Gamo Silent Stalker Air Rifle with IGT
Powered by inert gas technology, this high-powered air rifle is capable of taking down large and small game. It is a break barrel style, single shot with the capability of firing accurately up to 600 yards in NRA competitions. The .177 caliber pellet gun features two shock absorbers for the cheeks, and a thumbhole for better gripping. The noise dampener is 52 percent quieter than similar air rifles which are one of the reasons why this is a perfect gun for hunting. A weatherproof stock and smooth recoil are other features of this high powered air rifle. It also includes a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
Crosman Optimus Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22)
The hardwood stock gives this air rifle a classic appearance, and also braces easily against your shoulder. Front and adjustable rear sights make it easy to line up your next shot, which is why this such a popular pellet rifle for small game and backyard pests. Capable of firing up to 1200 FPS with alloy BBs or 1000 fps with lead pellets, it is also a great air rifle for plinking and target shooting. The air rifle also features pump action control and a rifled barrel for more accuracy with every shot.
Gamo Big Cat 1250 Air Rifle with 4 x 32 Rifle Scope and PBA Platinum Pellets .177 Caliber
Realistic looking and easy to use, this .177 caliber air rifle is perfect for both experienced and beginning hunters. The one-step cocking mechanism is perfect for novice and younger gun users, and the no-slip covering on the air rifle’s grip and forearm help to keep your aim steady. It is capable of firing up to 1250 feet per second with the included PBA pellet, and a 4 x 32 rifle scope is also included for marking targets at a distance. The rifled barrel helps to give all of your shots more accuracy, and this high powered air rifle also includes a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Stoeger X20 Black Synthetic Monte Carlo-Style Stock Suppressor Air Rifle
The synthetic black stock gives this air rifle a realistic look and feel, along with providing stable mounting for the include 4 x 32 air rifle scope. The two-step trigger is adjustable, and the spring piston gives you a realistic back kick. This air rifle is perfect for hunting small game around fields and other covered areas, or for plinking and eliminating pests in your backyard. It is capable of firing up to 1200 feet per second with high velocity PBA pellets, or up to 1000 fps with standard lead BBs. This high-powered air rifle can also be used to teach young shooters about gun safety and target shooting.
Crosman Phantom .177 Caliber Break Barrel Air Rifle
With its innovative design, this air rifle is quickly becoming a favorite among small game hunters and target shooters. The high-powered air rifle is designed for break barrel users, but also has a new, slimmer body and stock. The air rifle is weather resistant so you can take it out shooting in any type of weather, and it is capable of firing up to 1200 feet per second with PBA pellets or 1000 fps with lead BBs. The grip and forearm are covered with a no-slip textured design, so you don’t have to worry about slippage when you are lining up a shot or firing. The two-step trigger lets users customize the pull to fit each style of shooting, and the rifled barrel helps to improve accuracy. This air rifle also features a mounted front sight, along with an adjustable rear optic.