Ruger AirMagnum .22 Pellet Air Rifle Review
learning to shoot, to super cheap trigger time, hunting small game, and
of course common sense preparedness nothing beats an air rifle. They
are also handy tools for city dwellers to manage unwanted pests. For
obvious reasons, I am a fan of pump or single stroke pneumatic piston
air rifles which do not rely on pre-charged air canisters or CO2. On
some air canister rifles you can use a bicycle pump to charge them,
however how convenient is that.
reasoning for this preference is of course that simpler is better and
reliance on an external charging system could present big challenges is a
survival type situation. Hand charged air rifles never require more
than strong arm to charge and a pellet to shoot. The downside is that it
always seemed the most powerful air rifles were those that relied on
pre-charged air canisters. Fortunately we are seeing a new crop of
spring piston break-barrels, such as this Ruger AirMagnum .22 Pellet
Rifle, with substantial velocity and power all very affordably priced.
ABOUT RUGER AIR RIFLES
many of the quality branded air rifles such as Hammerli, RWS, Walther,
Beretta, and Browning, Ruger’s air rifles are made and distributed by
Umarex and distributed here in the US by Umarex USA. In this case, the
Ruger AirMagnum is made overseas, but is made to Ruger and Umarex’s
manufacturers airguns for some of the biggest names in the firearms
business including the Ruger Air Rifle line and Ruger’s new Air Magnum
.22 Air Rifle. Umarex has been a leader in the airgun industry for some
time and has lead development of air rifles designed around each
brand’s designs and features.
FIT, FEEL, FINISH
Ruger Air Magnum is an especially powerful .22 caliber air rifle with
an all weather synthetic stock. Unlike some of the stunning high dollar
air rifles, the all weather stock is not much to look at, however it is
impervious to any elements which would otherwise influence a wood stock
in extreme weather conditions.
Ruger Air Magnum is designed as a high power workhorse air rifle and
not the showpiece you will see in other expensive wooden stocked air
rifles. It will handle the bangs, bumps, and knocks of abuse that a
rifle stuck in the closet by the back door for targets of opportunity.
Although the barrel and receiver have a very nice finish, and the stock
is very comfortable and functional, it will not win any beauty pageant
any of the firearms and airguns I have seen from Umarex, the Ruger
AirMagnum is of nice quality, fit and finish. The stock is comfortable
and allows for an easy artillery hold which is required to maximize
accuracy for any pistol driven air rifle.
$165 street-priced Ruger AirMagnum Break Barrel Pellet Rifle has
comfortable all weather stock, adjustable fiber optic sights, and
includes a fixed power 4x32 scope, however what makes it most special is
its ability to deliver blistering 1200 FPS velocities from a .22
pellet. There is no doubt that 1200 FPS (feet per second) is class
leading performance. Even with regular lighter grain'ed lead pellets the
super-sonic crack is present which means that velocities with standard
pellets are still in the 1100 FPS range... very impressive.
One other interesting feature is the adjustable trigger. This feature does not allow full trigger tuning but can change the take up and overall crispness of the trigger feel. I played around with this a little, however in the end I left it about where the factory position was.
AirMagnum features a blued barrel and receiver and a rifled all steel
barrel. The dial adjustable fiber optic rear sight allows for easy
sighting adjustments and the fixed fiber optic front sight is picked up
quickly when sighting. The front sight assembly also is integrated into a
muzzle protector which I think is a great feature for an airgun like
this that will get bumped around and see hard use. An automatic safety,
rubber recoil pad for comfort, and adjustable trigger are essentials for
safety, comfort and accuracy. Not a big deal, but the rubber recoil pad
on my rifle was pretty well covered with white oxidization, however
some silicon spray will recondition the rubber.
Air Magnum features both barrel mounted adjustable fiber optic sights
and a 4X scope. Generally I would favor a 4X scope however there are
times inside a dark barn shooting junk birds that a set of fiber optic
sights would be prefered. The scope is clear and seems like a bit higher
quality compared to the typical variable powered optics included with
airguns these days. A four power scope is all you need for a general
purpose air gun such as the intention of this AirMagnum.
FUNCTION & ACCURACY
has also been great discussion about how a bullet or pellet
destabilizes once it drops back to a subsonic level from any firearm.
This is fairly well documented and for this reason have noticed that
most high powered air rifles tend to perform at extended ranges best
with heavy pellets that force sub-sonic velocities at the muzzle. At
shorter distances, the lightweight pellets provide flatter trajectories.
does impact accuracy on this and other super power piston air rifles is
the massive piston release once you pull the trigger. The challenge is
that with more power comes more of a disturbance the moment of the shot
and this does negatively affect accuracy compared to competing models
that only achieve subsonic velocities. Some rifles designs compensate
with an overall heavier design, however the Ruger is not that heavy
comparatively to its power.
is bad new and good news because of this power. The result was of the
pellets I tested, inclusive of a little over have a dozen brands did
consistently print groups of less than 1” at 25 yards on the bench with a
few group right at .6" groups, however when comparing that accuracy to
other premium air rifles I have tested, the accuracy lacks a bit of
precision. The good news is that with that extra power, your pellets
pack one heck of a wallup. If you use something like the Skenco Newboy
Senior pellets weighing in at a class leading 28.6 grains, you feel like
you are shooting 20lb cannon balls compared to typical 10-16 grain
pellets and the impact on everything from cans to rodents is dramatic.
Umarex is the US distributor for the RWS line of premium pellets
including the HyperMax high velocity pellet which seemed like a screamer
of a round and seemed to be the most flat shooting of the pellets
tested. I also tested RWS’s Precision Extreme pellets which delivered
my best group as well as their hollow point and super point pellets
which also performed well. Two of my favorite pellets have been the
Newboy Senior (which are hard to find) for knock down power and the
Predator Polymags for penetration (which I can find anywhere). The RWS
were more accurate, but the Predator Polymags are just easier to find.
.22 caliber air rifle has been a favorite hunting rifle of mine for
some time, because it has substantially more knockdown power than a
typical .177 caliber pellet so I will take the trade of a little less
accuracy for a power upgrade. If you are going to be a serious airgun
hunter, it is my airgun hunting experience that you need at least a .22
caliber air rifle as it provides much more humane kills.
Ruger AirMagnum is not a target air rifle though it still has great
accuracy. It is though one heck of a knock around critter getter that
will set by your back door and be ready when a target of opportunity. It
is not so finely finished that a scratch will bring a tear to your eye
and its tank-like build will take the beating of the jacket closet by
the door and the fixed power 4X scope will most likely take said abuse
better than a lesser variable power scope.
the super accurate match rifles generally do not pack the punch, but
the Ruger AirMagnum does and in a big way. The power factor is where the
Ruger excels and puts it on target with good accuracy. The class
leading power delivers flat shooting trajectory and with heavy long
distance pellets, even at extended ranges you can deliver the power.
What makes the Ruger AirMagnum .22 a slam dunk for the common sense
prepper is that you get all this power for about a $165 street price.
Action Break Barrel, Spring Piston, Single Shot
Barrel Length 19.5 in.
Safety Type Automatic
Rear Sight Type Adjustable Fiber Optic
Front Sight Type Fixed Fiber Optic
Length of Pull 14.25 in.
Recoil Pad Type Rubber
Barrel Type Blued
Cocking Effort in lbs. 42
Trigger Type Adjustable, 2 stage
Trigger Pull in lbs. 3.5
Ammo Type Pellet
Velocity- FPS 1000
Stock All weather composite stock, Rubber recoil pad
Scope 4 x 32 airgun scope with mounts, Picatinny scope rail
Manufactured under license from Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc
MSRP $199, Street $165
Ruger Airgun - Umarex USA