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  • So I've heard it all before, airguns are just little toys that little boys play with until

  • they get real guns. It's a line I've heard some so-called grown up shotgun and fore bore

  • shooters use to pour scorn on air gunning and the community that surrounds it.

  • Some of these guys truly believe that airguns are weak, ineffective and positioned firmly

  • at the bottom of the hunting scale. Well, that myth may have been well and truly blown

  • out of the water.

  • So let me introduce you to this, the Benjamin Rogue .357, the world's most powerful production

  • air rifle.

  • This devastatingly powerful .357 multi-shot pre-charged pneumatic ultra-quiet hunting

  • air rifle from Crosman will surely redefine the boundaries of modern airgun hunting.

  • The Benjamin .357 Rogue was designed for the US market where more is always considered

  • better. But it's also being imported into the UK by ASI limited. I've managed to get

  • my hands on the very first Rogue to hit the UK shores and I promptly whisked it away to

  • put it to the test.

  • And what better place to test this gas powered behemoth than the global home of big game

  • hunting, South Africa.

  • So I took the Rogue to Nduna Hunting Safaris in South Africa's East Cape.

  • Nduna is Team Wild's official South Africa Hunting destination and home to a wide variety

  • of game. Surely there is something here to test the Rogues mettle?

  • But the Rogue is not only a powerful rifle; it's also pretty sophisticated and contains

  • a number of cool air gunning innovations.

  • The Benjamin Rogue has a variety of new technological gizmos squeezed into it. Crosman says it's

  • providing a new category of hunting air rifle, boasting might and versatility. And who am

  • I to disagree with them.

  • The new e-VALVE technology provides the Rogue with a precise regulation of pressure in the

  • air reservoir and thus provides more shots per fill.

  • Crosman's thinking is more shots equals more hunting, this all sounds great but we're pretty

  • spoilt here in the UK when it comes to efficient regulator design. After all, we are the home

  • of international air gunning, right?

  • Or perhaps not any more.

  • But the Rogue also has some highly practical features, this include a Picatinny Rail built

  • into the fore end which can fit a bipod and other accessories. An adjustable stock and

  • a unique safety system that completely disables the bolt, preventing accidental discharge.

  • The overall styling is a little contempory but it's absolutely bomb proof.

  • The marketing speak says the Rogue has a surprising amount of accuracy and stealth, I'm not sure

  • about the latter as muzzle report is quite pronounced when compared to a sub foot 12

  • pound air rifle. But I can't argue with the pint about accuracy.

  • The shrouded barrel makes the Rogue quieter than most other fire-arms and because it has

  • virtually no recoil its accuracy is pretty impressive.

  • The recoil is similar to my .22 Rimfire rifles but the Rogue is kicking out at least double

  • the muzzle energy.

  • The Rogue produces muzzle velocities of between 700-1000 feet per second depending on your

  • choice of ammunition.

  • I'll be carrying out a full group test for each ammo type and power setting in an upcoming

  • episode of Team Wild Gear. However the ammo I chose for this trip was the awesome

  • Nosler 145 grain ballistic tipped bullets.

  • On the high power setting these monstrous pellets produce up to 300 foot pounds of muzzle

  • energy and a tonal performance beyond any airgun ammunition I've ever see.

  • If you connect with the Rogue, your quarry is going down, period.

  • Although the Rogue is brimming with technological advances, it is a little unwieldy, weighing

  • in at a slightly lardy 9.5 pounds un-scoped and a whopping 48 inches in length.

  • It's a little bit like carrying a scaffolding pole around in the bush. But boy does it feel

  • good knowing its capabilities.

  • For the technophiles amongst us the Rogue also has a LCD screen on the side, this lets

  • you choose between the power or pressure used with each shot and also select the different

  • types of ammunition.

  • Crosman say that two AA batteries should last you for at least 10,000 shots, so regular

  • recharging is not necessary.

  • Although the gun is not water proof it is weather resistant so be careful on the conditions

  • you use it in.

  • The Rogue has a classic bolt action mechanism with a six shot auto indexing rotary magazine.

  • The Rogue will only take soft lead bullet without lubrication. Crosman have worked closely

  • with Nosler to create their own specially built ammunition with ballistic tip.

  • The 145 grain Benjamin Extreme Bullet has a red polymer tip designed to resist defamation

  • and increase downrange terminal velocity.

  • The trauma caused by these bullets really is something to behold, and you need to place

  • you shots carefully to avoid unnecessary meat damage.

  • So the Rogue promises much, both for traditional airgun quarry species and for bigger game.

  • But I've been keen to put it to the test, so be sure to keep watching Team Wild TV and

  • see exactly which animals I've managed to harvest with this.

  • The world's most powerful production air rifle. You might just be surprised

  • For more information about the awesome Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle visit crosman.com

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