In this article, we will share our picks for the Top 10 .25 caliber air rifles based on customer reviews, sales volume, and word around the water cooler. .25 caliber rifles have become far more commonplace than they were some 10 to 15 years ago. Where airgunners used to consider .25 as a “large” caliber, it’s now considered the mainstream hunting caliber of choice. These Top 10 .25 cal rifle choices are perfect for hunting, and target shooting, so let’s get started.
10. Walther Reign
Built-in Germany, the Walther Reign brings affordable, high-quality airgunning to market here in the USA. This bottle-fed bullpup airgun is lightweight, easy to shoot, quiet, and very accurate.
9. Ataman M2R
Ataman, based in Russia, makes exceptionally good airguns. All Ataman airguns have exceptionally well-tuned regulators, match triggers, and smooth liquid operation. Lightweight, compact, and yet very powerful, the Ataman M2R is a great choice for bench or fieldwork.
8. Umarex Gauntlet 2
Available late 2021, the Umarex Gauntlet 2 is another example of how you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a lot of airgunning performance. With 96 full-power shots before you drop off the regulator, the G2 is sure to be a favorite for all-day hunters. And, of course, it’s very accurate.
7. Seneca Eagle Claw
The Seneca Eagle Claw wins the award as the “most versatile” airgun. With a 12 position power wheel, you can dial the power from 15 foot-pounds up to the mid 60 foot-pound range. Most suited for hunting, the Seneca Eagle Claw is quiet and accurate, with a good shot count as well.
6. AirForce Condor
The entire AirForce line is an example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” While there’ve been a few minor functional and cosmetic changes along the way, the AirForce Condor is still a single-shot tack-driving machine. The Condor is perfect for long-range target applications with variable power, match LW barrel, and a highly efficient in-line valve system.
5. Hatsan AT44S-10 QE
The AT44S-10 QE is another example of how airguns don’t have to be expensive to perform. Hatsan’s AT44 line just works. One of the best features is the removable cylinders. Rather than taking bottles and compressors into the field, just pick up extra tanks and have them at the ready, perfect for all-day hunting.
4. Air Arms S510 XS Ultimate Sporter
The Air Arms S510 XS Ultimate Sporter is an upgraded version of the standard S510 XS. The key upgrade is the fully adjustable stock. It retains the core S510 XS features like a Lother Walther match barrel, a fully adjustable match trigger, a tuned regulator, and a variable power adjuster. Ideal as a hunting platform, the Ultimate Sporter is also a favorite amongst field target and bench rest shooters.
3. Benjamin Marauder
While the Benjamin Marauder and its related variants are starting to show their age, the sheer sales volume gives it a high spot on our Top 10 list. The M-Rod is highly upgradeable, customizable, and tunable to just about any shooting need. It’s no wonder why it continues to outsell nearly everything else in its class.
2. FX Impact M3
When we look at five-star reviews, the FX Impact M3 stands apart from the pack. Without a doubt, the FX Impact has its legacy as a highly adaptable, customizable, and extremely accurate platform. It’s on the high end of the price scale and if you want one, put in your pre-order because they don’t sit on the shelf for long. It’s an airgun enthusiast’s dream airgun.
1. Air Venturi Avenger
While only on the market for a couple of years, there’s no denying the impact of the Air Venturi Avenger on the US Airgun industry. The Avenger continues to be a market disrupter by delivering an externally adjustable regulator and hammer spring, side lever operation, shrouded barrel, and a fully adjustable trigger. While other guns have all these features, few, if any, have them at an affordable price point. The raw feature set, accuracy, power, and high availability put the Air Venturi Avenger firmly at the top of our Top 10 .25 caliber air rifle list.
These are just a fraction of the .25 cal air rifles we have to offer. If you would like to know our picks for the top .25 cal pellets or any information on rifles, just reach out to us as we are always here to help you make the best decision on your next airgun or airgun accessory.