Last Updated on July 14, 2022 by Albert Smith
Hammerli 850 AirMagnum Review
Let’s take a look at one of my all time favourite air rifles. Let’s review the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum. The German made Hammerli, or Hämmerli if you speak umlaut, is a legendary rifle among air´-gunners, for precision and build quality. Some of you guys like to buy American made guns, but in all honesty, the US can not compete with the nation that invented precision mechanics. BMW, Mercedes, Leupold etc etc, all German brands, all outstanding. So why not go for a German airgun if quality is what you require.
People have been converting the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum since the day it was first released. Custom stocks, bulk CO2 etc, the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum can be modified to your heart’s content, and the market for aftermarket parts and customization is very big indeed.
- Available in .177 or .22 Cal pellet
- Magnum-powered air rifle, 33 mm cylinder and IGT MACH 1. This break barrel air rifle is able to deliver 1,650 fps in .177 Cal. And 1300 fps in .22 Cal. The IGT MACH 1 gas piston that delivers higher muzzle velocity, less vibration, and smoother cocking
- Gamo 3-9x40 AO (adjustable objective) scope with RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail) - Absorbs the recoil of the rifle increasing the lifespan of the scope
- CAT (Custom Action Trigger) - Independently adjust 1st and 2nd stages, adjust your trigger to your personal preference, make it predictable. Comfortable all-weather synthetic ambidextrous thumbhole stock
- 5 YEAR WARRANTY. Made in Spain
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The stock is made of a material called Zytel ™. This is a composite thermoplastic, nylon combined with fiberglass from Dupont, and it is outstanding in lightness and durability. The stock has a Monte Carlo shape, with an oversized cheek rest, which makes for a very comfortable stock indeed.
The speed of the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum is not the highest. The bullet travels with about 650 – 750 fps depending on your pellet. Relying on sub-sonic speed is a trade-off, you lose some punch, but for compensation you get less recoil, more precision, and less noise. Since it’s a .22 it is still powerful enough to put down pests such as rats and birds.
You pop in an 88 gram bottle of CO2 and it lasts you well over 200 rounds before the pressure drops. Those 200¬+ pellets hit the target accurately every time, and you will notice when the pressure diminishes and the precision suffers. I suggest you keep track of how many times you’ve fired it, because you don’t want to shoot rodents and lose precision during the hunt. Kill-shots is what you want, wounding a rat in your barn could be messy.
The diabolo bullets are loaded in an 8 pellet capacity rotary clip, somewhat like a revolver. So it’s a semi automatic air rifle really. Follow up bullets can be shot very quickly. Buy some more clips, and it basically works like a speed loader. Very nice feature. There’s a 2 step trigger on the 850 AirMagnum that can be adjusted to your liking.
All the reviews of the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum online indicate that the clientele are very happy with it. You can look but you will not find anyone that dislikes it. So to conclude the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum review, we advise you to get it. It costs about $100 more than similar air rifles of a lesser quality, but this is a great air rifle. It is totally worth the tiny extra expenditure. For pest control, for introducing younger shooters to this hobby and for backyard plinking, this is the ideal choice.