From pests to predators, Crosman and Benjamin have a variety of airguns capable of taking game quietly, safely and humanely.  With so many styles, calibers and power sources, the team of Benjamin Prostaff gathered in in hunt camp to determine proper distances for the full line of hunting rifles.

“We’ve got multi-pump, Nitro Piston, PCP and now the ePCP Benjamin Rogue, so folks now have a real decision to make,” said Ed Schultz, Director of Design Engineering. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and will continue to expand with our product line.”

Click here to download the Crosman Airgun and Pellet Capabilities Chart

Hunters are drawn to centerfire, bows, crossbows and airguns for each tool’s unique challenges. “Like any of these, hunting with an airgun requires an understanding of its capabilities so the user can be most effective,” added Chip Hunnicutt, Web & Social Marketing Manager.  “Airguns do not generate the velocity for expansion as is created by a firearm and the ammunition does not have the cutting diameter of a broadhead.  This means placement takes precedence over power.  While individual capabilities may differ according to a shooter’s proficiency, this chart suggests reasonable maximum ranges” said Hunnicutt.

The chart provides recommended distances for a selection of popular small game, medium game and larger game.  Additionally, the chart provides grain weight, velocity and foot pounds of energy (fpe) while naming the specific Crosman or Benjamin ammunition product.  “Never before has there been emphasis on fpe when it comes to airguns.  It’s always been about velocity.  Speed thrills, but it’s foot pounds of energy that kills and through this chart we hope to educate consumers on making the right purchase decision for the game they intend to pursue,” said Hunnicutt.  Along with ammunition details are sound levels, with each gun rated from one to four, quiet to loud.  “And that’s relatively speaking, these are airguns after all.  Airgun owners who own or have heard one of these rifles can use the scale to get an idea of how quiet a comparable one may be,” added Schultz.

Suggested optics from CenterPoint Hunting & Outdoors is included as well. Be sure to follow the Benjamin Hunting blog for tips and tales from the field. Ready to go hunt?


10 Responses

  1. Nunyabiz

    Sorry but that guide is pure nonsense as far distance is concerned.
    According tot hat chart I should never hunt with my .177 past 20 yards.
    Thats pure BS

    • chunnicutt

      As the chart states, these are suggested distances and we recommend you not shoot farther than your personal accuracy range. Simply put, if you are accurate at a longer distance, go for it. If not, practice until you are.

    • Anonymous

      As the chart states, these are suggested distances and we recommend you not shoot farther than your personal accuracy range. Simply put, if you are accurate at a longer distance, go for it. If not, practice until you are.

    • Kenholmz

      It is my hope that your air gun is of the best accuracy and you are as accurate as your air gun. I can only wonder how many time an animal you have shot has escaped only to suffer because the hit was not immediately lethal. That is everyone’s biz.

      • Anonymous

        True sportsmen are not cruel and should be considered as such until proven otherwise.

  2. Matt

    I think it is awesome that you guys posted this chart!  However it exposes the errors in your advertising.  Maybe you should update that information based on this chart and lead the way for airgun makers to use real specs.  That being said, I question how you rated the marauders and discovery’s sound rating.  Seems out of whack, but I haven’t shot them so I don’t know.  As for the animal kill distances, those are certainly debateable, but the information about fps and fpe based on the actual ammo used is invaluable information.  Those who just want to rate it by animal kill distance should probably be shooting on the short side of the scale, but people who take the time to understand ballistics will put this information to good use.

    With the cost of ammo for convential guns, and the state of our economy I have had a personal resurgence of interest in my airguns.  I just can’t afford to drop $1 a shell to go to the range with my big boy guns, but I really enjoy shooting.  I have an old Crosman 140, which is the very first gun my father handed down to me over 30 years ago.  A few years later I got a 105 pistol.  I replaced the 140 with a 1400 about 10 or so years ago when my uncle was cleaning out his basement and then replaced the 105 pistol with a 1377 most recently.  I say replaced, but I haven’t ever sold an airgun… I will soon own 5!  I have always been happy with Crosman products and am now anxiously awaiting the arrival of a Nitro Venom 22 that I just ordered.  I fully expect this to be the last airgun I ever need.  Well… those big bores are looking nice.  Get crackin’ on my .45 PCP will you Crosman!!  I wan’t to be the first guy I know to drop a big Wiscoinsin Buck with an airgun!!

    Thanks for 35 years of fun Crosman!!!  Thanks for leading the way with REAL info.

    Matt in Wisconsin

  3. walrus

    What a load of Tosh you boys come up with !!!
    29 yards for rabbits with 20+ footpounds don’t make me laugh.In the uk we are limited to sub 12 fpe and can comfortably take rabbits at up to 45 yards regularly off the bipod.And I have personally taken ground game at further ranges with a headshot.Even the 177 power of 15.8 footpounds is a laugh when held down to your supposed maximum ranges.It only takes a mere 4 fpe to headshot kill a rabbit and the 15.8fpe of a 177 @ 7.9 grains carries enough energy with a pointblank range to be able to kill at a range of almost 50 yards and up to 70 yards with holdover and still have power to spare.I chose this calibre as the least powerfull in your supposed factual list of ranges.
    Get out into the real world and do some real meaningful research before committing yourself to print.
    This is total garbage from supposed professionals.

    • chunnicutt

      Please see the footer of the guide before questioning the validity of the guide: “The range at which game may be taken is determined by ballistics and by the accuracy of the shooter.”

      We’ve shot hogs at 85 yards and prairie dogs at 200 with these guns. The guide is merely that – a guide.

  4. marc

    I dont care very much for your chart.reason is that i live in canada and in quebec,you send us riffles rated at 495 fps i mean COME ON why send us toys.i hav3 my p.a.l and even with that,im told the mtr77np is not available for me because it is rated at 1200Fps us model.cant you giys at crosman work a little harder to get us @ mans air riffle instead of sending us pathetic little look alike toys

    • chunnicutt

      We are required by Canadian law to detune guns to be sold there. Your efforts may be best served by working to have those regulations changed.