Crosman 362 Muzzle Energy

Crosman 362 Muzzle Velocity

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, we fired the 362 at between 2 and 8 pumps per shot. Actually, we fired 5 shots with each pellet at each number of pumps and then averaged the resulting Muzzle Velocities.

First, the 14.3 Grain pellets. The maximum Muzzle Velocity was 658 FPS with 8 pumps. Could it be higher with more pumps? Probably, but likely not that much. And anyhow, the HAM Team follows the rules! Crosman specifies 8 pumps maximum, so that’s what we gave it.

As expected, the Muzzle Velocities were lower with the heavier, 19.0 Grain pellets.

No magic “1,000 FPS” numbers here. But remember, the 362 is available in .22 caliber only.

Crosman 362 Muzzle Energy

Yes, Muzzle Velocity is fine. But what really counts if you’re hunting is Muzzle Energy – knockdown power. Here the 362 really delivers.

First we have the 362 Muzzle Energy chart using 14.3 Grain Premier Hollow Points. Close to 14 Ft/Lbs with 8 pumps. Very good indeed!

But when we used the 19.0 Grain Heavies, we see Muzzle Energy approaching 15 Ft/Lbs with 8 pumps. (The average across 5 shots was 14.6 Ft/Lbs using unsorted pellets). As we said, that’s pretty remarkable for a $100 airgun!

Crosman 362 Muzzle Energy Comparison

If we take the Muzzle Energies from these two tests and plot them on the same graph, you can immediately see the difference between the heavier and lighter pellets.

So, if maximum power is your goal from the Crosman 362, heavier pellets can give an appreciable advantage.

Sure, this is not a complete HAM test review. Nor did we shoot the gun for accuracy during this test. But you have to be impressed with that power/weight/cost equation. The Crosman 362 looks like it could be the perfect prepper’s hunting gun!

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