Barry Stewart is a member of the Benjamin Prostaff and a predator expert. He frequents predator forums and has successfully taken coyotes with the Rogue, Marauder and now, the Bulldog .357.

The new Benjamin Bulldog .357 just rocks!

It sure came in handy just a short time after I got the rifle, and set it up and sighted it in!

Living pretty rural, but with neighbors in the area, I often use my Benjamin rifles to shoot everything from targets to pests around the house. It’s legal to shoot whatever gun I want out here, but I have come to really enjoy the suppressed effects of the Marauder and now the Bulldog.

My Marauder has pretty much taken the place of whatever use I have for a .22 around the house. Quiet, accurate and powerful. But sometimes you just need more knockdown power when the size of the game increases.

Shortly after taking delivery of the Bulldog, I took it to a gathering of crusty, old gun guys on a long weekend of fishing, camaraderie, and some airgun shooting as well. Both the Marauder and Bulldog were well received, and got quite the workout over the weekend. Especially the Bulldog. Everyone wanted to shoot it… The guys were impressed with the accuracy, power and suppressed report of the Bulldog. After many questions and hands on experience, I had several of the men say that the Bulldog would be added to their collection shortly.

After getting home, I unpacked, but kept the Bulldog handy. The whitetail does here are beginning to fawn, and the coyotes are on the hunt for unguarded fawns. I have witnessed on several occasions the relentless search the coyotes do for fawns this time of year. Occasionally, I even hear the end result of the coyote fibusternding the fawn, but rarely can get to the distress sound in time to save the fawn.

This year, after seeing the hunt for fawns was on by the coyotes, I took up the Bulldog and made my first stand close to the house, and in proximity of the deer that hang around this time of year. The coyotes will kind of dog the deer, ever watching, ever vigilant for an opportunity to take a fawn. I use that to my advantage, and employ the use of my FoxPro digital caller, and after choosing a good stand location, start playing young deer fawn distress. Using the fawn distress also lets me target more specifically the coyotes that are killing fawns this time of year. This stand was no exception, and I wasn’t surprised to see a blur of tan through the brush shortly after beginning to call. The Bulldog on the ready, I watched for the coyote to come into the open. It didn’t take long… The coyote came into the clearing at about 50 yards, and began to circle downwind to┬álearn a bit more about what it was hearing. Following the coyote with the crosshairs as it circled, I knew I didn’t have long before it would catch my scent in the breezy evening air. At some point, a coyote will usually stop and assess the scenario. Not so with this coyote. It continued at a determined trot, and was now at 65 yards.

Not wanting to risk the coyote getting away clean, I settled the crosshairs behind the shoulder of the coyote, and touched off the Bulldog. The low recoil of the rifle allowed me to see that the Nosler Ballistic Tip had found it’s mark! Usually I like a head shot when hunting coyotes and larger prey like hogs. But that type of shot was simply not afforded this time. I took the shot I had, and was rewarded when my dog, Buster alerted me that the coyote was down, only a short distance away in a thicket of heavy brush. It hadn’t gone far. Less than a hundred steps from where it first emerged from the thick brush.

Although this is my first coyote with the new Benjamin Bulldog, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Hogs are also on the menu, as they are a continually growing problem here, and I have to deal with them regularly. I’m looking forward to using the Bulldog in lieu of a suppressed .300 Blackout on the hogs. Ballistically, they are about equal, but the Bulldog doesn’t come with the long waiting periods and tax stamp, nor the high costs of the Blackout and suppressor. With this new rifle, the odds just shifted a bit more in my favor. I like that!