Benjamin Bulldog Review – By AirgunWeb
The Benjamin Bulldog is certainly not a traditionally styled airgun. It’s bulky and built around a lot of plastic. In my opinion the look is more laser gun than airgun. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, so long that’s what you are into.
The rifle utilizes a bullpup configuration which means that the action is behind the grip. This allows for a full length barrel in a carbine sized rifle. It also means that the weight is more evenly distributed, making it very well balanced. While I personally may not be fond of the looks, I am fond of how it feels when shouldered which is more important to me than how it looks.
The bulldog is a .357 caliber PCP airgun which means it needs 3000 psi to operate. Crosman positioned the fill port at the rear with the gauge conveniently on the side of the rifle. I like this new configuration.
The bulldog uses a new magazine design. It holds 5 shots, is very easy to load, and is extremely accommodating, even the very long Nosler Extremes fit without issue.
A rail covers the entire top of the rifle, making it extremely easy to mount just about whatever you may want to use for a scope. I’m using an older Leapers UTG Side Focus scope that’s served me well for many years. There’s a bottom accessory rail for other toys like bipods, lights, lasers, etc.
While there’s supposed to be some level of noise suppression utilized with the bulldog, it’s still very, very loud registering over 120db indoors.
The trigger on the bulldog feels very “connected” which can be missing on some bullpup rifles, but Crosman’s done a good job here. Mine breaks just a fraction over 3 pounds. There is a manual safety in front of the trigger.
Performance, & Accuracy
Crosman has promoted the Bulldog as delivering up to 200 foot pounds and 10 full power shots. Unfortunately, my sample did not hit that mark. The maximum energy I registered came from the Nosler Extremes, which for 1 shot, delivered 188 FPE. That’s a lot of energy for sure, but the final shot was sitting at 127 FPE. And there was no power curve, just a not so steady drop from shot to shot.
For testing I setup at around 35 yards and fired 10 shots across the chrony. I then started over shooting for accuracy. Here are the groups that I shot with the various pellets and cast ammunition options that I had at my disposal.
Here are the complete chrony numbers from the ammo that I tested. I was hoping to see the extreme spread shrink, but it just didn’t happen.
Extreme Spread: 134.6
Standard Deviation: 47.07
- 891.1 (first mag spread – 65.6)
Extreme Spread: 127.6
Standard Deviation: 46.01
- 759.4 (first mag spread – 66.6)
Extreme Spread: 144.1
Standard Deviation: 49.05
- 798.4 (first mag spread – 72.6)
Extreme Spread: 137
Standard Deviation: 50.2
- 712.3 (first mag spread – 53.2)
Extreme Spread: 132
Standard Deviation: 44.95
- 843.0 (first mag spread – 63.6)
Extreme Spread: 143.2
Standard Deviation: 52.4
- 841.6 (first mag spread – 58.0)
Personally, I had very high hopes and expectations for the Benjamin Bulldog, especially given the reports directly from Crosman about it’s performance. In this case however, the actual performance did not come close to the marketing. I think the Benjamin Bulldog may be able to deliver some decent 3 shot groups at 35 and maybe even 50 yards with either the H&N grizzly pellets or the JSB Pellets. Even the Air Venturi Hollow Points did OK if big game killzone accuracy is your goal. However, it’s not a tack driver, nor will it deliver 10 full power shots as advertised. It’s extremely loud, especially in your ear that’s pressed up against the butt of the rifle. I’m sure that the look and bullpup form factor will appeal to some.
Want to see the full video review? Here you go!
Benjamin Bulldog Review – by AirgunWebHey there everyone. So here is the video review of the Benjamin Bulldog. I’ll be posting more data on www.airgunweb.com once I can get it all typed up. This was a random pull not something I got from Crosman. I’m curious to know what you all that may have purchased a Bulldog are getting from yours.Thanks for watching!
Posted by AirgunWeb on Sunday, September 6, 2015