Browning Leverage Features
- Fiber optic sights (adj. rear)
- Monte Carlo stock with right-hand raised cheekpiece
- Ventilated rubber buttpad
- Automatic safety
- Weaver/Picatinny scope rail
- 14.25" length of pull
- Incl. 3-9x40 scope & mount
The best part of the story was they way AirgunDepot handled the problem. Lots of emails, return postage paid and replaced it with another rifle of my choice. Even a phone call letting me know that they agreed to swap out the rifle. NOTE: when purchasing a rifle on line save everything shipping box, rifle box, every scrap of paper packed with the rifle as they wanted everything back don't throw anything away.
The buying and service events with Airgun Depot were outstanding. My only wish is that Browning, Airgun Depot or Umarex wont stand up to the Chinese manufacturer and demand better quality oversight. If the gun can be repaired after it is sold why cant it be built as to not need repair service in the first place.
Here's the basics:
1) Both are VERY heavy rifles and not for the weak in either cocking or carrying. The Benjamin comes with a sling and the Browning does not, which is the absolute only advantage the Benny has over the Brownie.
2) The Benjamin has no fixed sights and the scope is a piece of junk. The Browning has fixed sights which on first glance appear very appealing with the bright orange and green optic system. This is deceiving. See cons below. The Browning scope is TERRIFIC! I used the plastic shim that came with the scope to mount it to prevent barrel droop and it was perfectly effective right out of the gate.
3) Noise. Neither rifle makes much noise but the difference is that the Browning hits what you air at and the impact is a wallop. With the Benjamin you never know where the pellet is going and seldom hit anything you are aiming at.
4) Accuracy is unheard of with the Benjamin with any type of pellet (I tried seven different types and could finally keep the CPHP on a 8 X 10 piece of paper at 20 yards, making hits on small game a fluke more than a sure thing. The CPHP was the best pellet I found to feed the Benjamin and I was able to hit a barn on the broadside most of the time.
5) Accuracy with the Browning was immediate and phenomenal! Within 20 shots I had the scope sighted in and fired a six shot group from a bench rest at 20 yards that measured a spread of six tenths of an inch...yes...0,6 inch! And that was with the lowly CPHP. The Browning loved the Predator Polymags and JSB Jumbo Heavy. It even liked the Crow Magnum and H&N coppers, just not as well. None of these shot the same point of impact but the widest group was 1 3/4 inch at 20 yards with the Crow Magnum.
6) Consistency with the Browning was perfect! No flyers! You see it, you hit it. No guess work. The Benjamin is a fire and pray rifle with a flyer averaging every 5 or 6 shots. You can tell when you pull the trigger by the sound of the frequent flyers with the Benjamin and you might as well not even look at the target because your pellet has flown to the moon.
7) Trigger. The Benjamin is like a long slow root canal. The Browning is crisp and smooth in comparison. It breaks at the right time, every time.
8) Finish was nice with both rifles but the Browning clearly has the better wood.
9) Scope. Again no comparison. Much, much better with the Browning. I followed the previous review suggestions and used Locktite on all the screws and cleaned and oiled the Browning when it was received. It simply can't get any better so I don't foresee much of a break end period for the Browning. After two years of very bad shooting, I am still waiting for the Benjamin to break in...before I just break it over a telephone pole.
10) Price. I paid a LOT more for the Benjamin than I did for the Browning. Stupid me. Air Gun Depot was fast, informative, and Fed Ex tracking was dead on. The bonus coupon for a BOGO tin of pellets was a plus. I've already used it for two more tins of Predators. That's 400 rabbits, squirrels, crows, or whatever I shoot at because it's darn near impossible to miss with the Browning!
I.) cock it as you would a break barrel
II.) take it and flip it up so that you have the barrel pointing down and the forarm in your left hand i.e. you are holding it in the middle and it is vertical
III.) the top of the gun sight is facing you, the butt plate is in the air, so the chamber is now easy to load a pellet down into with a thumb and a finger
IV.) seat the pellet like with the break barrel
V.) flip it back around and release the cocking lever
the RHINES method is simple but effective but looks a bit odd.
as loading it while it sits on a bench is almost impossible = see tweezers comment
Overall, I'm very pleased with this rifle and will not seek another unless it fails to hold up over time. I had previous bought one of those Crosman black ops type of break barrel units that couldn't give a group of any type, $200.00 wasted! So this unit is a true blessing in comparison.
It's a shame. I wanted to like it. It seems well made for the price point. The optics were shockingly good. A lot of good things about this rifle - but if it doesn't shoot...
I'm tempted to try again on another example since others have had such success with it apparently. But also considering socking away more money to get a Discovery or RWS or waiting for the NP2.
AirGun Depot was great throughout. No problems getting or returning.
The scope seems OK, but I could not use it due to barrel droop. I ordered a B Square, 1 Piece Adjustable Riser and when it arrives I will try to sight it in.
I would buy a better rifle if I knew what I was getting from Browning. If you buy this rifle, expect to spend time and money correcting the deficiencies and don't expect any tech assistance from Airgun Depot. Spend another hundred bucks and buy a better rifle I gave it two stars because the rifle mechanism is satisfactory, but the cheap sights and excessive barrel droop ruin what could be a fine rifle.
First impressions of the rifle are that IT'S HEAVY! It's also BULKY! I suppose the stock is so bulky because of the stresses put on it from cocking, but the stock is twice the thickness in foregrip and hand grip of any .22 rifle that I own. I would prefer a significantly lighter and smaller composite stock even at the loss of wood, which I love. I may reduce the grip sizes and refinish my rifle at some point, just for comfort and 'feel'. Review reports indicate that it is hard to load. It is not, even with my short, fat fingers. It's just less easy than a break-barrel. The open sights are quite good. However, my old eyes just don't focus as they once did. One pair of glasses are good for the target but not the sights. With the other pair, the sights are clear, but I can't see the target. So the scope is mandatory for me. It is easy to mount, and of good quality. To zero, though, is a different matter. Trying to set it in the back yard has been a total failure. My groups average 4 inches at 30 yards. No consistency. Is it me, or is it the rifle? I don't know. I'm going to the gun club this afternoon and shoot it from a bench rest to find out.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1000 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1
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