by B.B. Pelletier

Happy Thanksgiving! The Gamo Hunter 1250 Hurricane is a very different Gamo spring rifle. It’s unlike any of their other spring rifles in so many ways that I thought I would go over them for you today.

This is a LARGE air rifle!
I think the Beeman R1 is big, but the Gamo 1250 is even larger. It weighs pretty close to the same as an R1, but the long cocking-aid muzzlebrake extends the length of the 1250 another three inches. Cocking effort is stated as 58 lbs. on the Pyramyd site and that’s about what I got with the one I tested. That is eight pounds more effort than a Webley Patriot, and I think THAT is a hard gun to cock. So the 1250 is for hunting – not for general plinking, unless you’re The Hulk!

Does it REALLY shoot 1,250 f.p.s.?
Yes, in .177 caliber it really does shoot 1,250! At least, the rifle I tested did so for a few shots. That was with RWS Hobby pellets. The average velocity was lower – around 1,230 f.p.s., or so, but still! Not every gun will do that out of the box, of course, so please have reasonable expectations. And, you don’t ever want to shoot a diabolo pellet that fast anyway, unless it’s for braggin’ rights, alone.

What pellets to use?
In the .177 gun, shoot 10.5-grain Crosman Premiers or 10.6-grain Beeman Kodiak pellets to keep the velocity down around 1,100 f.p.s. Better still, buy the rifle in .22 and actually use all the power it has to offer. This is a hunting air rifle, and braggin’ rights mean nothing if you can’t hit your quarry.

For the .22-caliber rifle, Pyramyd Air has listed several heavier Gamo pellets. The Gamo Magnum Pointed .22 at 16.9 grains looks especially promising. I would add the 21-grain Beeman Kodiak to that list, because this is one air rifle that can really use the extra weight. You might even try the 28-grain Eun Jin. Who knows for sure until you try them? I wouldn’t be surprised to see 700 f.p.s. from a Eun Jin out of this bruiser.

The trigger is pretty good from the box
Gamo triggers usually need thousands of shots to smooth out, but the 1250’s seems uncharacteristically nice right from the git-go. I can’t comment on what it might be like after 4,000 shots, but maybe some of our readers can.

It’s a looker, too!
Gamo rifles are usually plain janes, so the Hunter 1250 comes as a very pleasant surprise. The metal polishing is quite good and the bluing is very deep and even. The hardwood stock is also well-shaped and finished very nicely. It rivals a top-of-the-line Diana from RWS. I think this is Gamo’s best looking airgun.

And it’s accurate
If you use the soft-hold technique, the 1250 is quite accurate. You’ll want to mount a scope; because of the fairly brisk recoil, I suggest you choose a smaller, lighter scope that won’t try to move under recoil. Actually, the recoil of this rifle is not as bad as the Webley Patriot, so I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Well, that’s my take on a rifle many airgunners believe to be a myth. The Gamo Hunter 1250 Hurricane is so very different from the rest of the Gamo line that you should consider it all by itself.