One of my favorite pellet rifles was the Daisy 881. From what I remember it had an all metal reciever, required 10 pumps for maximum power, felt sturdy in my capable hands – and was highly accurate. I distinrincly remember shooting the wings off of a mosquito at 30 feet!!
Here is a picture of the Daisy leaning up against my BOV:
Although I felt after shooting the Daisy 880 that it was prettty accurate – a more data-driven test was in order.
I set up a paper target at 15 yards and shot off-hand. I shot several 5 shot group pumping the gun 10 times for each shot. Group after group – I was disappointed. The averagegroup size ran around 5″ inches. 5″ group at 15 yards? I am not impressed. I believe my old Daisy 881 would have done better. Why? I think it was better made. This 880 Rifle has a polymer receiver – which the scope mounts to. I am certain that the scope just does not have the sturdy mount necassary to hold zero after all those pumps and the jarring that occurs.
The Daisy 880 is fun to shoot and is a decent pellet/BB gun to learn basic marksmanship on – but that is it. Could you hunt small game with it? Sure, however there are much better options out there.
If you are lookingg for a good pellet rifle as a survival tool – look elsewhere.
By the way – a better alternative – and more portable – is the Crosman 1377 American Classic Variable Pump Power Bolt Action Air Pistol. Check it out.