New – The .457 Caliber Benjamin Bulldog
Now there’s a 457 caliber Benjamin Bulldog.
The Bulldog has been available in .357 caliber for many years. It’s been a very strong seller. Then – at the 2022 SHOT Show – Velocity Outdoor announced that the Bulldog would be available also in .457 caliber.
The .457 cal Bulldog more than doubles the knock-down power of the original .357 caliber version. The Muzzle Velocity is increased from 200 Ft/Lbs to a very healthy 450 Ft/Lbs. That’s achieved by 350 Grain slugs firing with a Muzzle Velocity of 760 FPS. (The 357 shoots 170 Grain slugs at 910 FPS).
The new big bore is very similar to the .357 Bulldog. It has a slightly longer barrel and an onboard HPA cylinder that has 100cc greater capacity. These undoubtedly contribute to the increase in weight from 7.7 Lbs to 8.75 Lbs – plus scope, sling etc, as you’d expect.
The 457 is also fitted with a M18 thread on the muzzle that allows for a suitable silencer to be fitted.
Perhaps the biggest change is in the magazine. The 357’s 5-shot rotary mag has been replaced by a 3-shot “gravity fed” version. The 3-shot capacity of the 457’s mag exactly matches the number of consistent shots that are available from the new Bulldog, says Velocity Outdoor.
In addition, Velocity Outdoor has introduced a new range of slugs to accompany the 475 caliber Benjamin Bulldog. These are available in 279 Grain and 350 Grain weights.
Velocity Outdoor is listing Ballistic Coefficients for the new ammo as 0.10 for the 279 Grain slugs and 0.17 for the 350 Grainers.
Apart from looks, the 457 caliber Benjamin Bulldog shares many features with the .357 cal version. These include a 3,000 PSI fill pressure, side lever cocking that can be set to operate on either side of the gun and the same two-stage trigger.
Street Price for the .457 Cal model is $1099.99. This compares to $859.99 for the .357 model.