Benjamin Sheridan 392: When your favorite .22 is a pellet rifle
I absolutely love this rifle. Is it my favorite .22?
I first started looking into this rifle after I read a blog about survival weapons.
As I’ve stated elsewhere and as been stated ad infinitum elsewhere, the Ruger 10/22 is a great weapon for a survival situation. So there I was, reading this survival blog about how great the Ruger 10/22 is when I came upon another entry that was talking about what a great survival weapon a pellet rifle can be. I won’t bore you with the details (quiet, cheap cheap cheap ammo, can take squirrels, rabbits, ducks). You can check them out here: http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/featured-wilderness-survival-blog-entries/4-reasons-to-add-a-pellet-air-gun-to-your-survival-gun-arsenal/
Anyway, I pondered the purchase for a couple of weeks (which is pretty good for me). However, an Academy gift card pushed me over the edge and I got one (they go for about 120-130 dollars). “120 dollars for a pellet rifle?” You say. I say “Yes, and worth every penny!”.
If you can’t tell from the picture above, this thing is beautiful. Beautiful wood stock and brass barrel (all wood and all metal…quite an anomaly these days) and if taken care of it should be the kind of rifle you can hand down to your kids.
This thing is accurate and packs a punch. You need to put some rounds through to get it broken in as well as get your arms used to pumping the thing. I promise you it’s worth every pump and every hand callous. You should also clean out the black paint overspray at the end of the barrel with some nail polish remover or acetone as this will keep the black paint from messing with your accuracy.
I have found that 4 or 5 pumps is perfect for backyard plinking. I haven’t been out squirrel hunting with it yet but I’ll be sure and provide a report.
Did I mention it’s a .22? You can get a 500 count tin of the .22 Caliber Crosman Premier Hollow Points for 7 bucks at Wal-Mart. Academy has the Benjamin pellets for 10 dollars.
This thing is a real hoot, especially if you live within city limits and can’t walk out on to your back porch and shoot your .22 rifle….legally. That being said, this rifle is not a toy. If you are going to be shooting this rifle in your backyard, build yourself a thick back stop and get yourself a good pellet target/trap. Be careful!
So…is it my favorite rifle? Right now it’s definitely in the hunt. I took it out to the Lexington WMA and walked around with it. It was too late in the 108 degree day to see much, but I had a blast shooting cans and it was fun as hell to be walking around in the woods with a kick ass pellet rifle. I can’t really explain with words why it was so cool, it’s just something you’ll have to try out yourself.