Banish the bunnies with one of these top 10 airguns. Pneumatic or spring loaded - take your pick from our recommendations.
This list of top 10 airguns has been compiled by Matt Ellis from BASC. Our airgun guide, what to shoot and what to buy explains which pellets to use, how best to shoot your quarry and what to look for in an air rifle.
Start bringing the bunnies to bay with these top 10 airguns in the low- to mid-range price bracket, below.
TOP 10 AIRGUNS FOR THE FIELD
7 PNUEMATIC AIRGUNS THAT ARE FIT FOR PURPOSE
- BSA R-10 Mk 2 £800
This is at the top end of the price list but, to my mind, it has everything you need, including fitted sling swivels, a 10-shot magazine and a semi-match trigger. It looks good, too.
- Daystate Huntsman £800
As with the BSA R-10, you get a 10-shot magazine and a good-looking gun that’s
reliable and light.
- Weihrauch HW100 S £800
German engineering distilled down in an airgun with a 14-shot magazine.
- BSA Scorpion SE Multishot £550
A middle-of-the-range, pre-charged pneumatic with a 10-shot rotary magazine.
- Brocock Contour XL £560
Low shot count but a nice, light gun so long as you don’t mind the skeleton stock.
- Air Arms S200 £450
Single-shot only but a nice, light gun and cheap for what you get.
- Webley Raider £400
An entry-level air rifle with none of the bells and whistles but has everything you need.
When it comes to spring-powered airguns my preference is for underlever actions because I worry about just how accurate break barrels are. At least with an underlever you know that the barrel and action shouldn’t ever move relative to each other, so if you miss it’s your fault. Here are just three that I have enjoyed using.
3 SPRING-POWERED AIRGUNS FOR BUNNY DESPATCH
- Air Arms Pro Sport £500
An expensive, spring- powered air rifle but a nice smooth underlever cocking action, great accuracy and nice-looking wood make it worth the money.
- Weihrauch HW97K £350.
A middle-of-the-road, underlever-action gun; you won’t mind it being knocked in the field occasionally.
- BSA Lightning XL £270.
A good-quality break-barrel gun for what you pay.
When it comes to scopes for the top 10 airguns it’s worth sticking with those specifically made for airguns. They are designed to handle the recoil from spring-powered airguns. If you’re serious about hunting you need a scope with mil-dots or the equivalent. These are small dots along the axes of the reticle that, with practice and good range-judging skills, allow you accurately to vary your point of aim depending on quarry distance and even wind strength. Variable or fixed zoom is mainly a matter of what you’re comfortable with but I like to be able to crank up the zoom to 9x, especially when shooting smaller quarry such as squirrels. The scopes below are reasonably priced and of good quality, available with fixed or variable zooms. All come with mil-dot reticles and will be more than enough to get you out there shooting with one of the top 10 airguns.
3 SCOPES TO USE WITH THE TOP 10 AIRGUNS
- BSA Essential 4×32 £35; 3-9×40 £45
- Hawke Sport HD 4×32 £40; 3-9×40 £50
- Nikko Stirling Mountmaster 4×32 £35; 3-9×40 £40