Daisy Powerline 856 Reviews



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Daisy Powerline 856


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Reviewer: Eric Rollins
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I think I paid $39 for the Daisy Powerline 856 around 17 years ago.I used it 2 days ago and hit a tin can I’d hung in a tree at 53yards.It has a 2to7 x 20mm scope which I paid $19 for when I got the rifle.What a deal! I still marval at what it will do.Daisy and Beeman pellets don’t work well in it though;Crosman pointed 7.4 grain are great.I chronographed shots with each of the 1 thru 10 pumps with the 7.4’s.Pump#1 gave 194.2fps.At pump #5 I got 502.1fps,and pump #10 gave 629.7fps.that’s a calculated muzzle energy of 6.52 footpounds.Never ever pump this gun up more than 10 pumps as you can ruin the seals and the 10th pump only gave an additional 15.1fps more than 9 pumps gave;so there is little reason to do so.I’ve used this durable little rifle heavily over all those 17 or so years and it still amazes me.-ER- Date:1/27/2012


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Daisy Powerline 856


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Reviewer: B.C.
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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This was my first air rifle and it is still going strong after almost 18 years of abuse. Never cleaned it or did any sort of manintenace and can pick it up and hit dead center at 30′ with it too this day. Love this rifle. I have taken rabbits and ground hogs with this baby. Love, love, love how this is made of plastic but has stood the test of time. The cheap scope that came with this rifle still shoot accurately to this day.

Only thing I would change is more wood and metal less plastic but that would jack up price.

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Daisy Powerline 856


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Reviewer: bigmatt
Recommended: Recommended
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this is a good all around air rifle. ive taken out birds, squrels, chipmonks, and rabbits with no problem. very easy to use. the only thing ive had a problem with is woodchucks. will not kill a woodchuck unless you get a close range head shot and good luck getting close enough for that. the couple rabbits i shot went all the way through with a pointed pellet

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Reviewer: squirrel killer222
Recommended: Recommended
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i think that this gun is great for target practice. its very accurate and reliable, is also great for kids because it stands up to a lot of abuse. but i have tried to use it for hunting small game rabbits,squirrels,ect. and it is not a good idea! even with a headshot it took me 3 shots to take down a rabbit. if u want a small game air rifle try some of gamo’s like the varmint hunter which on cabelas.com u can get refurbished for 120.00 dollars. goes 1000fps and will be alot more humane to take out small game. if u want a target rifle get it!!! i’ve had mine for 2 or 3 years and its never let me down. but dont try to use it to hunt small game

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Daisy Powerline 856


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Reviewer: Stu
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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The only negitive is loading can be a pain.

The Daisy 856 Powerline did the trick for me. I had problems with a family of woodchucks. They lived under our shed and would destroy my wife�s garden. We tried live traps for about three years. Finally, I purchased the Daisy. I would sit behind the wood lattice on my deck, which is about five feet above the ground, and shoot through the lattice. The shed was 15 feet; it took about six week to get five of them. Woodchucks are very alert and skittish and it was difficult to the head shot I needed. This air rifle is very accurate and using the lattice as a rest, I could pattern shots within a one inch circle. To get the job done I used pointed pellets and 12 pumps.

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Daisy Powerline 856


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Reviewer: Carter Davis
Recommended: Recommended
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This is a good airgun for back yard pest including squirrels at close and midium ranges. It is a good air rifle for back yard target shooting. This is a great air rifle for begginers. So if you want an air rifle that is good for both you just found your air rifle. the only bad thing about it is that the chamber is right under the scope so it makes it hard to load. You also half to pump it to load it. It takes about 8 pumps to hunt pest birds and about 12 for squirrels.

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Reviewer: Alex Cook
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This review is of the Daisy 856 powerline .177 caliber bb/pellet rifle purchased by my brother some seven years ago and given to me. It has a listed velocity of 675 fps, but I believe this number to only be valid for bb’s. I imagine that pellets would be somewhere in the high 500’s to low 600’s. This particular 856 is the Cobra that my brother purchased. It came with a red dot sight that has since been lost to time. I have seen the 856 listed in shooter kits on the internet for $49 to $65. These kits often include some nice goodies for airgunners on a budget like myself.

The gun is primarily constructed of plastic and stamped metal parts. It is a very light rifle. If you are used to handling Benjamin Sheridans and steel reciever Crosman’s, then the 856 is going to have a very “toy gun” feel. Note: there are some Daisy models that utilize a steel reciever.

Although very light, the 856 points well and seems to hold on target for me well.

The rifle is listed as using 10 pumps, I only use 8 pumps as per the advice of James House in his excellent book American Airguns. Pumping effort is low and easy. Easier than my Crosman 2100b and effortless compared to my Benjamin 392.

The trigger on this particular model has some slight take up , a tad of grit, and has a pretty crisp break. I have no device to measure pull wieght, but I would guess it’s around 4 pounds give or take.

Loading pellets is much easier than loading my Crosman 2100b, but not as easy as I would like it to be. Part of the problem is my large fingers, small fingers would have an easier time.

I have only used one brand of pellet in this rifle, so pellet performance testing is limited. The pellet I have used is the Crosman Copperhead Pointed pellets. A target grouping on a windy day at 20 yards from an indian style sitting position yeilded a five shot grouping of an inch. That is with the stock open sights. As an interesting aside, I scavenged the rear sight elevation bit for another rifle of mine and promptly lost it years ago. I recently stuffed a small wedge of cardboard beneath the rear sight in an approximation of the elevation I needed. It was spot on.

This is the same rifle that I mention using in my review of the Crosman 2100b. In that review I said how I took a squirrel at 30 yards using Crosman Copperhead Pointed pellets. Broadside shot took out both lungs, heart and exited far right. Squirrel moved maybe 10 feet before giving up the ghost. Altogether I have taken nearly ten squirrels (pest removal) with this air rifle. This was before I would only take head shots on squirrels and always went for “boiler room” shots. I have since learned that the best shot placement for these critters is the head if you are going to be using low power .177 airguns. Now I wouldn’t recommend people taking squirrel sized game at that distance, but if you do your part, this rifle is capable of doing its part.

I haven’t yet carried this rifle in the field for hunting but it has many attibutes that would make it an excellent choice. Light weight, excellent accuracy, decent power and great handling.

There are many people out there that make little money and enjoy small game hunting. I know because I am one of them. For the money spent, the economical minded small game hunter would be giving up next to nothing with this Daisy 856. Just keep your shots under 20 yards, 25 max, use head shots, and you’ll bring home food for the table.

I have written before that it’s the shooter, not velocity or caliber that get the game. I have read reviews on this air rifle that suggest that it is incapable of hunting. That is far from the truth. You wait for the right shot and hit the kill zone and you will get the game.

As always, practice, practice, practice! You owe it to the animal and to yourself.