Affordable price point
Great gun for urban pest control and backyard shooting.
Does not shoot at advertised velocity.
Hold sensitive so requires good technique.
The Ruger Yukon is another new entry from Umarex USA and it is one of the top contenders for the best air rifle under $200. It utilizes Umarex’s reaxis gas piston for its powerplant and also the SilencAir air gun suppressor to keep everything quiet. The Ruger Yukon is a further upgrade to the Ruger Air Hawk line, taking over where the Ruger talent left off.
Before we dive into the ruger yukon review here is a quick overview of the specifications:
- Model: Ruger Yukon
- Pellet velocity: 1050 fps
- Weight: 9.0 lbs
- Length: 44.8”
- Power plant: Gas Piston
- Mechanism: Break Barrel
- Caliber: .22
- Barrel: Rifled
- Capacity: Single shot
- Stock: All weather molded synthetic
- Trigger pull: 3.3 lbs
- Scopeable: Weaver/Picatinny
- Color: Wood
Appearance and Design
Cocking arrival will engage the automatic safety from the redesigned trigger. The trigger is a two stage trigger that has some adjustment for the position of the second stage. It can be a bit rough during the break-in period but does smooth out and has a trigger pull of about 5 pounds.
How to Operate the Ruger Yukon
The Ruger Yukon is a single shot break-barrel air gun. Here’s how it’s going to work:
- The first thing you need to do is cock the gun. Do not smack the top where the suppressor is located since you can potentially damage it. Grab where the barrel and suppressor meet and pull down smoothly.
- While securing the barrel, load the pellet. Close the barrel and aim gun at the intended target.
- Release the safety and gently squeeze the trigger.
Now the rifle is gentle shooting but don’t let that fool you, it can be quite hold sensitive. The minute you let up on your technique, you’ll risk letting one go out of bounds. The five pound trigger pull, adds to the level of discipline required to see consistent groups.
Performance and Accuracy
The Yukon claims a maximum velocity of 1050 feet per second with lead-free pellets. Unfortunately, the rifle fell well short of that claim, only hitting 790 FPS with the Barracuda green pellets. With lead pellets, the gun is supposed to shoot up to 850 FPS.
After testing the guns velocity with RWS 11.9 grain hobby pellets, it measured at 750 FPS. Thus, the Ruger Yukon is definitely shooting below those advertised maximum velocities.
The most accurate pellet for this gun turned out to be the 14.5 grain RWS superdomes, which averaged 695 FPS and 15.4 FPE. Accuracy was great at 10 yards but started to fall off at about 20.
As a contender for the best air rifle under $200, the Ruger Yukon is in the running but its not going to be the clear cut winner at this time. It does have a lot going for it: it’s well built, easy to cock, very smooth shooting, and extremely quiet. At 10-15 yards you can get exceptional accuracy making it very suitable for urban pest control and backyard target practice.
For longer range shooting, you’ll definitely want to look at something with a little more power. The trigger on the Ruger Yukon could be lighter and more predictable, but it is perfectly suitable for a field gun in this price range. The rifle is hold sensitive, so you will need to be on point with your technique.
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