Best Airguns for Hunting Coyotes


As airgunning expands as a sport, hunting with airguns grows more and more popular, but because not every airgun is up to the challenge of felling animals like coyotes humanely, you should be sure you know what a good gun for the task will be. We’ve put together a list of four great airguns that can be used to hunt coyote effectively.

This list is in no particular order, but we did choose two guns that would be easier on the bank, and then took some liberties. We are not being sponsored by any of the makers of these guns, we are just giving an opinion of ours. Here is that list:

  • Seneca Recluse
  • Benjamin Bulldog .357
  • AirForce Texan Carbine
  • Hatsan Hercules

Seneca Recluse 500 CC

The Seneca RecluseOpens in a new tab. is a precharged pneumatic (as all of the guns on this list will be) that fires a .357 caliber round. With about 136.66 foot pounds of energy, it will fire a pellet at around 900 feet per second. It also has a larger tank than the normal Seneca RecluseOpens in a new tab., which will give it more effective shots. It is not regulated, so the power of your shots will decrease as you shoot more, so be aware of that.

Some people like regulated PCP’s because it adds consistency to the power of your shots, but others don’t like regulated guns because that regulator is one more thing that could possibly break, and on the off chance that you are out in the field when that happens, you simply cannot use the gun if you don’t have the tools.

Benjamin Bulldog .357

As you could probably guess, this PCPOpens in a new tab. is another bigger bore airgun. This thing is able to take down hogs, so if you are bent on taking on some coyotes, you shouldn’t have any problems with this gun.

You can expect about 200 foot pounds of unregulated pressure with this gun, shooting at about 900 feet per second. If you are into adding items using rails, you may prefer this gun over the Recluse, as this one has a rail on the top and a rail on the bottom, none on the sides though.

AirForce Texan Carbine

Okay. This gunOpens in a new tab. is a well-made gun from a well-known company. Coming in at several different calibers, anything from .257 to .45, this rifle comes out at about 260 foot pounds of energy, but you can get a modification for it produced by by AirForce that ups that number to 400 ft lbs. That’s like… a lot for an airgun.

This should not have any problem taking down a coyote at all.

Hatsan Hercules

The Hatsan HerculesOpens in a new tab. also comes in many different calibers, up to .45, giving this airgun ample opportunity to provide the right shot for you. In .357, this thing will spit out 142 ft lbs, and in .45 about 290 ft lbs, which should be plenty to drop a coyote, ‘specially if you shoot its eye out.

Designed to be a quiet as possible without sacrificing power, having a side lever action with a rotary magazine, you should find hunting with this thing to be quite enjoyable.

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