Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ] Reviews



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Reviewer: ken
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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great rifle accurate out to 30 yards when you mount a good scope. the scope that came with the gun is junk. i use it for target practice . at 30 yards i shot at the scope glass pellet didnt go through but was fun to shoot at. can hit little green army men water bottle caps and spinning targets at 30 yards 10 pumps. for a sub 60 dollar air rifle the accuracy is there once you add a better scope. im using a 50mm ao scope that cost more than the rifle lol. yes its has alot of plastic compared to the metal 880  back in the day which btw i still have since age 13 im 54 now. my metal 880 is tired and in need of a rebuild so i called daisy to try to order parts for my older 880. was told that the new plastic ones the parts wont fit in the older 880 and that i had to contact one of their dealers that specilized in repairing the old daisys as they have all the older parts. i decieded to buy a new one. i added a 50mm ao that  had extra and then i started to shoot the rifle wiith a bunch of different pellets i had to find the one pellet that is accurate. jsb 10.34 gr out to 30 yards is my target back stop im impressed. my older daisy 880 was never this accurate. so i decided to take apart the new 880. i also took apart my older 880 to see what was different about the old vs new. laid both rifles out. the differences are the stock and reciever wont interchange. valve and shot tube and bolt are different. valve and shot tube from older 880  are two seperate parts. the newer 880 valve and shot tube are one piece and the bolt is slightly different,but the biggest difference is when i took a flashlight and looked down the shot tube of the new 88o it has a rifled barrel compared to the shot tube of the older 880 which is a smoothbore. the new 880 will out shoot the older 880s because of the rifled barrel. fact. yes i like my older 880 but as a kid back then i couldnt figured out why my shots was all over the place. now i know why. sure glad i hung on to my older 880.  close inspection reveled that the new one piece valve and shot tube is molded differently than the older two piece valve and shot tube along with the bolt. i took a dremmel tool and started grinding on the metal reciver. i ground a little at a time to retrofit the new updated valve and shot tube into my older 880. it worked. i reassembled the rifle added a 50mm ao scope  and dialed the old 880 in out to 30 yrds. first time since i was a kid that now my old 880 is as accurate as today 880. i called daisy told them that the new valve assembly with shot tube and bolt will work in the older metal 880s with a little grinding i ordered a new valve assembly with shot tube and bolt for under $20 shipped to replaced the parts i robbed from the new 880 i bought. now i have two accurate 880s. i did buy another 50mm ao scope that cost more than the rifle but now i have both rifles that are very accurate averaging on my chrony 650 to 680 fps not what daisy claim 800 fps lol


Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Guest
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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Cheap low quality – save the money and buy a break barrel air rifle – more power, quality, and accuracy. The 880 was rather accurate with the sights, (just throw away the scope, its useless) but it falls apart quickly and is useless for hunting unless you’re using pellets, and even they only work while it is in brand new condition. It noticeably lost power after the first couple months, and is not worth replacing.

My brother actually did manage to use his, even after it fell apart, it is currently being held together with duct tape, wire, spare parts from both of our guns, and an empty plastic tube which replaced the now useless barrel. It is no longer recognizable as an 880, but he finds pleasure in shoving down about 10 bbs into the plastic tube, pumping and cocking it, (a process which takes about two minutes due to all the missing parts) and firing it as a misshapen air shotgun.

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: WLW
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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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.

The BAD:

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).

The GOOD:

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.

My Suggestions:

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!!

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: RCSHOOTER
Recommended: Not Recommended
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I bought this gun thinking it would be a good shooter…WRONG…inconsistant as it comes..

plust is is mostly cheap plastic..

Nothing beats crossman 760 for inexpencive reliable fun accurate gun…

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Mike
Recommended: Recommended
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For the price, you get what you pay for. Cheaply constructed, very difficult to load pellets, and very erratic for accuracy. Pumps easily, reasonably low noise, and improved accuracy (but not consistent) with lead pellets. Included scope is worthless, and makes loading pellets almost impossible. Loses air volume after 24 hours.

BB loading and shooting is not bad for a BB gun. Beats the Daisy Red Ryder.

10 pumps will give you a definite “kill” for squirrels if you can hit them beyond 50 ft. Use Crosman Magnum Lead pellets.

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: fishn4fn
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I once had the daisy Powerline 880 when I was a kid and it performed great. The accuracy was almost more than you could ask for on that air rifle. Unfortunately I lost that one to a step brother years ago and after many years, I bought a new one in 2009. The new one is a sad shadow of the older model. The accuracy was non-existent and the cheap plastic stock broke very easily. The old models had a plastic stock but they were very reliable. The new models are only junk and not good for much except the landfill.

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Werewolf
Recommended: Not Recommended
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My father gave a pair of these to me and my brother when they first came out in 1972. It was powerful, accurate and reliable. He liked them so much that he bought one for himself to eliminate pest squirrels. I still have my father’s 880 today, the seals aren’t as good as they used to be but it still shoots and I will be getting it re-sealed. One of my friends bought a new 880 and they are not what they used to be. The receiver, bolt, trigger, stocks and pump lever are all plastic. When it wore out it went into the trash and was replaced with a $19 chinese B3 which was a better gun than the new Daisy and that is just sad. An old metal 880 is worth repairing, they will last for decades. The new plastic ones are disposable plastic junk.

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Firetamer7
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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The Older ones were great, the newer are not as reliable. The seals get old, dont put up with it, they can be fixed. I have 3 and I just ordered kits for I think it was about 12 per kit is all.
Takes some mechanical ability and common sense about installing o rings is all. Mine now fire great. Thanks to the kits.

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Daisy Powerline 880 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Lionel
Recommended: Not Recommended
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The one I had from the 70’s was accurate and dependable, but was stolen. Replaced it in the 90’s, but this one was inaccurate and finally deveolped a crack in one side of the metal. Thinking that the inaccuracy was a fluke, got another one. Bigggg! mistake. It shot fine, but was even less accurate than the previous one. At 25 feet, the best grouping was over 6 inches. Used a rifle tripod/clamp to sight it in, and it shot all over the place. It’s fun to shoot a rifle that is accurate, but is not fun with one that can’t shoot straight at 25 feet. Whatever Daisy did between the 70’s and now, should be reversed and make the gun accurate again.