What is the Best PCP Air Rifle over $200?

When you're looking for a PCP Air Rifle (as you probably now know) you are massively spoilt for choice. How do you know which one to choose? Let me take the hard work out of for you! I've spent many many years with a lot of Air Rifles, of all types. The PCP Air Rifle is becomming more and more popular these days and there are some awesome rifles now on the market. All of the below are great guns, I have a favourite of course, which I mention below but you can't go wrong with any of these. There are a few things I'm looking for when searching for a PCP Air Rifle:

  • Special Qualities - are there any special qualities to the rifle that make it stand-out amongst the crowd?
  • Aesthetics, design and all-round appearance. If you're going to spend a lot of money on an Air Rifle you're going to have for a long time, you want it to look good, right? I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder so this is of course personal opinion.
  • Public perception - has the rifle been out for some time and what kind of public feedback has it had? There might be a gun just released that, on paper, looks great. But I'm not interested in that right now, I want to recommend to you a Rifle that's been proven in the field!
  • Cost - For this post I am only interested in PCP Rifles that are over $200.

  • Choice 1: Benjamin Marauder

    The Benjamin Marauder is a single shot, bolt-action PCP powered Air Rifle. When using .177 pellets it has the capabilitiy to function as a 10-shot repeater with auto-indexing (with .25 cal it is an 8-shot repeater). One of the reasons why I like the Marauder is it's deceptively quiet considering its power. Although this rifle doesn't come with a scope, it does have a standard 11mm rail so you easily add your favourite. There are also a few upgrades that this gun has had from the original (which was also very good) such as a factory-installed 'de-pinger'which alters the typical sharp ping you'll hear when firing to a dull thud.

    Benjamin Parauder PCP Air Rifle (click to check current price on Amazon)

    Choice 2: Crosman Benjamin Discovery Dual Fuel

    The Crosman Benjamin is a .22 caliber PCP Dual Fuel Air Rifle, capable of using 2,000 PSI Air or CO2. For the price of this Rifle, you are getting a seriously capable weapon. It has an air reservoir of 135cc and you have the choice of filling either via a scuba tank or indeed using a hand pump. It's obvious that Crosman are trying to make it easier for users to fill these rifles with air and I love the fact that you can use either CO2 or compressed air with this. Not only that but it's a lovely looking gun which has a nice hardwood stock.

    Crosman Benjamin Discovery (click to check current price on Amazon)

    Choice 3: Benjamin BPBD3S Bulldog .357

    A Rifle for the more serious of us shooters for sure. This is a high caliber big-game hunting Rifle that has some big stopping power behind it. Its performance matches its looks, aggressive. We're going a little beyond your typical Air Rifle here, taking a step up. This thing will take down some large animals. It's not all muscle though, the Bulldog has a nice baffle-less shroud to reduce noise output. If you're left-handed this won't present a problem as the side lever bolt is reversible. Has a 10-shot per fill capability and comes with a nice cleaning tool, bullets and lubricant. It's not the fastest of rifles (output wise) at around 800 fps but that's not why you'd be buying this thing, you're buying the Bulldog for its stopping power. Mind you, it looks pretty awesome too, right?

    Benjamin BPBD3S Bulldog (click to check current price on Amazon)

    Why I chose the Crosman Benjamin as my favourite!

    If you choose any gun from the above you're getting quality, without any doubt. The Bulldog was fantastic but it's most definitely aimed at a certain audience. What I liked about the Crosman Benjamin was the fact that they accommodate dual-fuel. Some people will be put off PCP Air Rifles due to the refilling process. If you don't happen to live near somewhere that you can obtain a CO2 re-fill then they remove this inconvenience by allowing you to fill with normal air. This is awesome and that combined with its looks and very cheap price make it my personal favourite.