As a few of ya' may know a month or so ago I was looking for a decent semi auto or bolt action 22lr. I couldn't find anything in my price range and even if I would have from what I've been reading ammo is as scares as hen's teeth right now. So, I dropped back to punt and got a Benjamin Trail NP Nitro Piston air rifle and I really love it.
The only complaint was the CenterPoint scope that came with the combo, it took a dump in 2 days after only about 75 shots. Of course Crosman has really great customer service and they're going to replace it with a Multi-TAC red dot sight that they have listed on their web sight. I did pick up a SightMark Reflex Sight that was on sale for $30 bucks at the local Dunham's Sporting Goods store and it's working out great on this rifle.
Velocity is very close to the advertised 800fps/14.3gr .22cal pellet. I'm getting 745fps average using an RWS Super Dome 14.5gr pellet which is just shy of 18ft/lbs. This gun is also quiet enough that I can shoot it in my garage using a box filled with news papers as a backstop. I have it dialed in for dead on at 7 yards and I can cut under dime size groups for 5 shots at that range off of a rest. Trajectory has me good to go out to 40 yards which puts me at 3/4" low at that range, plenty good enough for rabbits or other small game hunting and I still have 10ft/lbs at that range.
Ammo costs are way better then any 22lr that I could have found. Pyramyd Air has a buy 3 get one free deal so I ended up with 4/250 pellet tins of the RWS pellets(that's 1000 shots) for $27 bucks, you just can't beat that deal with a stick. There are less expensive pellets and some more expensive ones too but I went with these because I like the RWS brand and a slightly heavier then normal(14.3grs is standard in a 22cal air rifle) seems to work better in this gun.
Anyway, if anyone is looking for a 22lr to hunt small game with or to plink and just do some target shooting with but having a hard time finding something they like in their price range you may do well to give some of the high power air rifles a look. They really fit the bill pretty well, there's no government paper work to fill out so they can be shipped to your door by UPS/Fed-X and ammo costs are very affordable.
Just thought I'd share.