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5 Ideal Air Rifles for Small Game Hunting in 2014

Hunting can be a fun and stress-relieving outdoor activity. If you’ve always wanted to try hunting but lack the budget for a real rifle, consider getting an air rifle for the next best experience. Depending on what game you’re hunting, there are specialized air rifles that can do the job with room to spare.

One of the best things about hunting with air rifles is that they’re relatively cost-effective. Depending on what creature you’re hoping to take down, an air rifle can be surprisingly effective— there are rifle setups that can handle animals as bulky as 200 pounds. Again, you don’t have stacks of cash lying around to be out and about with a good air rifle.

Top 5 Air Rifles for Hunting

880 Powerline Kit

880 Powerline Kit

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The 880 Powerline Kit is a perfect entry-level air rifle for people wanting to hunt small game or actively take care of pest problems. This rifle has the capability to shoot BBs up to 750 feet per second and can shoot pellets at around 715 feet per second. Starting at $59.99 USD, this multi-pump pneumatic rifle comes with ammunition and hunting glasses included. For its price, the 880 Powerline is a very capable rifle.

Gamo Hornet Air Rifle

Gamo Hornet Air Rifle

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If you’re looking for power, durability and reliability, the Gamo Hornet Air Rifle is a great place to start. This 1.77 caliber air rifle has an 18-inch barrel for improved accuracy. For the price of $99.99, you’ll have a strong air rifle that can shoot up to 1,200 feet per second using PBA raptor ammunition. Weighing just 6.1 pounds, this air rifle is an ideal companion when hiking or camping.

Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle

Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle

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Another good 100 dollar rifle is the Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle. This .177 caliber rifle comes with a 4×32 Scope which is great for long range shots. Starting at $99.56, it is capable of shooting up to 1,000 feet per second with great accuracy. The Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle is a great package for value and performance.

Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle

Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle

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Next on our list is the Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle. Going at $147.99, this .177 caliber rifle shoots at 1,200 feet per second. With a skeleton stock and a 4×32 scope included in the package, this air rifle is intended for serious small-game hunting. Weighing in at 7 pounds, this is a handy and reliable air rifle.

Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT Air Rifle

Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT Air Rifle

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On the top of our list is yet another Gamo rifle: the Silent Stalker Whisper. This air rifle is powered by inert gas technology (IGT) with a gas piston break barrel. Starting at $229.31 on Amazon, it comes with a gas spring setup, a 3-9×40 scope and ammunition. For a superior .22 caliber rifle, the Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is a top choice.

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