Hammerli 850 AirMagnum

Strongest Pellet Gun

When most people think of pellet guns, they usually think of the old BB guns that you had fun shooting each other with as children and young adults. These new guns are no laughing matter nor are they for children any longer. These guns are incredibly powerful and can shoot a pellet up to 1600 feet per second.

What Makes One Pellet Gun Stronger than Another?

The traditional way to measure the power of an air gun is to look simply at the muzzle velocity measured in feet per second (FPS). However, an inherent problem with relying just on FPS is because a lighter alloy pellet will be capable of traveling fast while a heavier lead pellet will propel at a lower velocity. This pellet variation can be a loophole for many air gun manufacturers, and the FPS numbers can sometimes be skewed.

The more reliable method of determining the power of a pellet gun is to calculate its foot pounds of energy (FPE). FPE is a calculation of the muzzle energy that an air gun produces.

You will really want to take FPE into consideration if you are looking for a hunting rifle since a higher FPE will result in a harder hitting shot.

A good example of this is the Crosman Benjamin Trail NP line. If you look at two examples, the Crosman Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 and the Benjamin Trail NP XL 725 you will see that the XL 1500 has a much higher FPS speed. Yet when you look at the FPE of the XL 1500 it shows that its FPE is slightly lower than the XL 725.

While these are two very similar guns and the difference is by such a small margin, both will do the job for small game, predators and birds. As they are both .177 as opposed to a .22 calibre, the arc is flatter making them easier to shoot a target accurately. This arc accuracy adds to their ease of use as they do not require the extra time to become acclimatized to the arc of the .22.

Pellet Gun 



Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500



Benjamin Trail NP XL 725



As far as what the most powerful airgun is, the Daystate Huntsman Regal XL, Crosman Marauder, Hammerli 850 AirMagnum, and Hatsan AT44-10 Long are all along the top of their classes.

Crosman Marauder Rifle Synthetic Stock

Crosman Marauder Rifle Synthetic Stock

The Crosman Marauder Rifle Synthetic Stock is a sleek and powerful air rifle that is available as either a .177 or a .22. For those who think a rifle requires a long reloading time this gun proves that is not always the case. With its 8 round magazine, this gun can fire off seven repeat shots with minimal noise.

This gun is incredibly accurate making it ideal for target shooting, yet powerful enough with its 50 FPE to take down small to medium game humanely. This adaptability allows the Marauder to be considered a good all around gun.

Overall, the Crosman Marauder is a well-balanced and versatile weapon that is appropriate for any level of marksman from beginners to seasoned hunters.

Hammerli 850 AirMagnum

The Hammerli 850 AirMagnum is a quality hunting rifle that was designed to be used regardless of the weather. With the ability to take an 88-gram cartridge, this gun will allow for up to 200 rounds before needing to change cartridges. The 8 round magazine also allows for quick refires and the fact that it is ambidextrous will make it popular with the Southpaws.

Hammerli 850 AirMagnum

Primarily made for target and the .177 model has a mere 2 inch drop over 40 yards making it impressively accurate. This low drop rate is well used in a field situation if you were looking at birding as every inch counts.

Overall, this German-made rifle is impressive in both its accuracy and strength while maintaining a clean appearance and ambidexterity. This gun is certainly one to hold its own against any other air rifle out there.

Hatsan AT44-10 Long

Hatsan AT44-10 Long

The Hatsan AT44-10 is a side lever action gun available in a .177, .22 or a .25 caliber which pulls an impressive 27, 38 and 42 FPE respectively from each. This gun was created to be customized for comfort and functionality with its adjustable butt pad, cheek piece and its dual accessory rails.

This gun is designed for both fixed and moving targets and is appropriate for hunting small game, birds and vermin. This usefulness makes it functional not only as a gun for recreational use but also for daily farm use.

The Hatsan AT44-10 is a good all-around gun that is suitable for multiple users for multiple purposes making it truly a versatile and functional weapon that would be at home in any situation it is placed in. The ability to choose the caliber is also a bonus as it allows users the ability to choose this gun regardless of the maximum or minimum FPE and caliber required or permitted.

Daystate Huntsman Regal XL

The Daystate Huntsman Regal XL is a versatile gun in that come in either a .177 or a .22 calibre at 18 ft/lbs and 40 ft/lbs respectively. This gun features a smooth bolt action shot, and this gun is incredibly accurate with a 10-shot rotary magazine allowing for fast and easy reloading. With this gun weighing in at 6.17 pounds (without scope), this gun is incredibly solid with its walnut stock and very safe as it has a two-stage mechanical safety release eliminating the potential of accidental deployment.

The Huntsman Regal XL takes a 162 cc cylinder, and each cylinder will allow for between 21 and 46 shots depending on caliber and adjusted FPE.

In all, the Huntsman Regal XL is a quality airgun that is ideal for target shooting, birds, vermin, small game and predators. This flexibility is what makes it one of the most commonly sought out air powered rifles on the market today.


Hi! I'm Dave - an air rifle enthusiast and a bit of a geek to be honest. When I'm not out at the range or on a hunting trip, I enjoy writing about different air rifle products and accessories.