I read all the reviews to date on this rifle and want to add to the discussion. I’m 65 years old, and have owned several of all types of guns, black powder to semiautomatic, pistols to shotguns, including about 15 “air rifles”. I’m fairly mechanically minded (I always take everything apart, wind up alarm clocks to computers, to transmissions).
I bought this 880 several months ago to get rid of some vermin around the yard. I also purchased a much better scope ($30). After playing with this gun a week or two, I got “bitten by the bug” and have purchased several more air rifles. I read a lot of the blogs and reviews on air guns and learned a few things and discovered a few as well. I shoot in a basement range that is 46.5 feet from muzzle to target.
Yes, this is a “cheap plastic” gun. The “stock” is plastic, but the firing mechanism and barrel are metal, except for the “bolt”. The scope is very low quality (and price).
This is THE MOST ACCURATE rifle I own, (with the possible exception of a HMR17) and the quietest, the lightest, the easiest to cock, and the cheapest!! It reliably puts pellets in a 1/2″ circle, most of the time touching the previous hole. Mine prefers the Crosman “Pointed, Premium Grade” pellets (I’ve tried about 12 different pellets). It is so reliable and accurate that it is boring to shoot, honestly, so it just sits by the window waiting on vermin. If I miss, it’s me. 4 pumps + one shot = one less vermin.
Also worth mentioning is that the firing mechanism for this rifle is very simple and very light. This alone contributes substantially to the accuracy. The “break barrel” spring or nitro guns have a huge recoil due to the sudden release and sudden stop of a big chunk of metal in the “receiver” part of the gun. This “recoil” is why the scope mounts on a .177 cal air rifle have a pin that holds them in place on the receiver. Without the pin the scope travels TO THE REAR and off the gun. This recoil SUBSTANTIALLY affects the accuracy, and the grip of the shooter is critical. Even a Crosman Benjamin #397 multipump has a sliding steel hammer that causes problems.
Buy this gun for fun and vermin. Also purchase a better scope and a simple pair of tweezers. Also get several different brands/shapes of pellets. Air guns are notoriously very picky about the ammo. This gun has a “rifled steel barrel” (it may be stainless steel, it is magnetic but SS 304 is austenitic) and copper plated steel BB’s will destroy the rifling and accuracy.
Long, pointed tweezers make this -and any- pellet gun easy and quick to load. Pick up the pellet by the rear “skirt” and stick the nose into the “chamber”. It’s so easy and quick to pick up and chamber the pellet. Just getting a pellet out of the box can be a problem for big fingers.
I hope this will help you decide on where to spend your money!!