I have the Browning Phoenix Elite in .177 caliber, and since I cant find any information on it because it is a new model, I thought I would write a short review of the rifle for anyone who is interested.
I am new to the air rifle scene, but I have been around firearms my whole life and own 3, so hopefully the review wont be to bad
The Browning comes in 3 models, the Phoenix, Phoenix Elite, and the Phoenix Hunter Elite. all rifles available in .177 and .22.
The first too are synthetic, and the Hunter Elite comes in timber. Umarex makes the rifle in Germany on behalf of Browning
Cost -200 pounds (package with scope, padded bag and lock)
Barrel Length - 320mm
Overall Length - 1155mm
Weight - 3.6kgs
Power - 11.2ft lbs approx 780fps
Adjustable Shoulder Pad
Fibre Optic Sights
Factory Fitted Silencer
Automatic Safety (switch rear of the cylinder)
The first thing i noticed about the rifle is its weight, it is a fairly heavy rifle at 3.6kgs compared to other air rifles i have handled, slightly barrel heavy as well with the balance point being about 4 inches in front of the trigger guard.
I find the safety catch a lot more user friendly than the typical trigger safety catch, in easy reach of your thumb when finger on trigger ready to fire.
The style is stunning (one of the main reasons i bought it!!) solid, resistant to scratching, all weather being synthetic, it has soft rubber inserts where your hands and, and the classy browning logo embossed on both sides of the stock, add the factory silencer and a scope and you have one very sexy looking rifle!
I have fitted mine with the Hawke Sport HD 3-9x40 scope, which i though was a cheapie at first but im very impressed with it, once you change the parallax back from 100yds to about 35yds you get a crystal clear image of both target and reticle at the 9x magnification.
After trialing a range of pellets, I have settled on the Crosman Domed 4.5mm 7.9gr. The rifle has taken to them and only rarely has a flyer. The pellets are all high quality, and 500 will cost just over 5 pounds online. I have tried the 10.3gr Crosman as well but not a fan of the trajectory, probably better in a PCP.
The trigger on the Elite is nice, smooth to pull and a lot lighter than the other break barrels i have used. I have another at the moment and after using that for a while and going back to the Elite I'm guaranteed to fire early for the first few shots haha..
So with my limited space at home I'm shooting at 35yds and factoring in my lack of skill with an air rifle, I am still managing to group consistantly, enough for a kill zone in any case! I have practiced and practiced with different holds trying to see what she likes the most, and the "pool cue" artillery hold with loose shoulder pressure works the best.
Hopefully this gives you guys a better idea on this new rifle, and maybe one of you will buy one!
Let me know what you think