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Daystate Wolverine R HP .25 Field Review/Hunt

Several weeks ago I received the Daystate Wolverine R High Powered .25 PCP Airgun from Airguns Of Arizona. This is an exciting new rifle they were kind enough to sponsor me to field review. Over the past year I have been lucky enough to shoot several Daystate Models but this would be my first time doing a true full field review. My goal for these reviews is to show how these rifles function under heavy field conditions and to find out things about them never found from the bench. My first impression of the Wolverine out of the box was “WOW” stunning looking rifle.


The Daystate Wolverine 2 Huma side lever represents a new direction by Daystate to give the USA shooters features and models we require . Daystate has engineered the side lever system into the new Wolverine 2 breech block. This side lever reduces the cocking effort and adds speed to the loading cycle. The lever can be positioned on the right or left hand side to make a true ambidextrous rifle. Daystate has listened to the demands of the shooter to incorporate a regulated firing system . The design team at Daystate has chosen to work in partnership with the HUMA company and use a OEM regulator for the Wolverine application. Huma is well known as one of the finest regulators for sporting and target air rifles. When firing the Wolverine HUMA the pressure in the plenum chamber is a constant throughout the rifles air supply until the pressure in the rifles  is at or below the regulator pressure setting. This setting is adjustable by the shooter to tune the rifle to a desired performance level. The factory settings give a combination of maximum power and consistent shots per fill of the rifle. The regulator and air supply pressure is displayed by individual gauges. The patented sling shot hammer makes sure every last bit of air is used efficiently with no waste for maximum accuracy. The Daystate Wolverine 2 is available with two stock options a beautifully finished select walnut or a sporty laminate. Both stock choices are ambidextrous with a thumb up or through feature with finger grooves and shooter inspired stippling panels. The but pad is adjustable to provide the best head position according to the shooters style of shooting and physical requirements. The Wolverine has been accuracy tested to give benchrest and target grade as well has long range hunting or pest control performance.  The new Wolverine 2 HUMA will inspire pride of ownership and years of shooting satisfaction all backed by a 5 year transferable warranty.


Caliber .25
Max Velocity 900 fps
Muzzle Energy 55 ft/lbs
Loudness Medium
Barrel Length 23″
Overall Length 44″
Shot Capacity 10
Barrel LW Polygonal
Front Sight none
Rear Sight none
Scopeable 11mm dovetail
Trigger Two-stage adjustable
Buttplate Adjustable
Suggested for Medium game /Target
Action Sidelever
Safety Manual
Powerplant Pre-charged pneumatic
Function Repeater
Max Shots per Fill 50 Regulated
Fill Pressure 250 bar
Fixed/adj. power Internally Adjustable
Weight 8.5 lbs
Cylinder Size 480 cc
Shrouded Yes

Our first step after looking over the rifle was to clean the barrel and to get familiar with the various features. First I took a look at the sidelever that is one of the more obvious features and one of the smoothest I’ve ever encountered on a PCP Airgun.

This sidelever is able to be switched over from the right to the left side so it fits well with left or right handed shooters. I was able to cock the rifle with one finger, very smooth with very well designed leverage system. The other unique feature to look at while we’re here is the 10 shot rotary magazine. This magazine has a pin in it that will engage when a pellet is in the chamber making it impossible to accidentally double load. This is a key feature of making a great field rifle! Moving on I took a look at the 11mm dovetail rail that’s pretty standard and has nice clean grooves and metal finish.

Moving along I took a look at the match two stage trigger that’s adjustable in just about every way, can even adjust the camber on the trigger shoe for a more customizable feel.

This trigger is no doubt one of the best that I have seen on a rifle. Moving back behind the breech is where the manual switch safety is located, very straight forward design and works well with my thumb.

The but pad is adjustable up and down with some camber adjustment to really fine tune how the rifle shoulders, for me it was great out of the box.

The Daystate Wolverine is equipped with two gauges located on the right side of the rifle just behind the 480cc carbon fiber bottle. The first gauge is the fill pressure, this rifle can fill to 250 bar or 3,625psi and is capable of about 50 shots in .25 caliber.

Next to the fill pressure is the HUMA regulator pressure gauge that’s set just over 150 bar. This is a great location for both these gauges as it makes it easy to keep check on the health of the rifle.

Moving forward of the Wolverine I took a look at the shroud that’s fitted with 1/2″UNF threads allowing a wide variety of moderators to be fitted. Airguns Of Arizona outfitted me with a 0db moderator that had a tan cerakote and adds 6.3″ to the length. Underneath the shroud is the 23″ LW Polygonal barrel, a beautifully machined one at that.

These barrels are from my experience very accurate and fit well into the high powered models. Through testing I have found these barrels like to be shot fast and therefore work well with both pellets and slugs.

The overall length of the Wolverine with the moderator is 50″ so it’s not short at all, the carbon bottle keeps things balanced out very well though. Considering it’s length the gun shoulders very well and has great balance. The stock shoulders wonderfully and has a very burly robust feel to it. It’s not often you see such strength put into laminate stocks, this looks to be a winner. The following day I drove several hours into the mountains where I would put the rifle to work on some targets, and to get familiar with how it shoots in windy conditions.

The scope that Airguns Of Arizona outfitted me with was an MTC Optics Viper Pro 5-30×50 FFP scope with side focus. This in all honesty was a bit more than I needed for hunting situations but works well for most all target shooting applications. The scope has lockable turrets and very noticeably smooth magnification adjustment, easier than most scopes I’ve used. For the 100 yard shooting I never had is set beyond 13 power and did much enjoy the SCB2 Christmas Tree styled reticle. I tried several pellets and found that most in the 25gr weight range worked well. The JSB Exact Kings 25.39’s shot fabulous but unfortunately I had forgotten a new tin at home so finished up with the Air Arms Diabolo Field 25.4gr that shot just about the same.

Fill Pressure: 250 BAR, Pellet: JSB 25.39gr averaged 48 fpe over 50 shots through the chronograph. The Wolverine shoots very well off bags, the stock handles a front and rear bag very well. The buttstock of the rifle has a small indentation that fits a rear bag very well. I zeroed the rifle at 50 yards and proceeded to get comfortable with the rifle out to 100.

I was very pleased with the 100 yard 10 shot group, the HUMA regulator worked well to keep the speed close. I think with some more practice I could have definitely improved my groups but was more than pleased with my results. This gun shoots so well and was happy that I had a little time to spend before heading out to hunt.

The area I had planned to hunt is one of the most rugged and difficult areas I frequent, remote and very overgrown with thick brush and tall dry grass. Over the years I have had a great amount of success here but not without putting in many miles of hiking. The following morning Marley and I left the house very early and drove the motorhome several hours to our spot.
The area we would be camping was next to a dry creek bed nestled in amongst a sparse forest of Ponderosa pines.
Marley and I arrived very early Thursday morning and were quick to unpack. I filled the Wolverine to 250 bar, loaded the magazine and we headed out into the mountains just North of camp.
We followed a ridgeline that ran parallel with the creek bed and I was soon able to spot a good sized jackrabbit moving across the rocks and up the embankment at 142 yards. With little effort I was able to send some lead down the hill making a perfect shot putting the jackrabbit down instantly. To be honest I was a bit surprised I even hit it considering only having two seconds to make the shot.
Marley had a heck of a time finding it due to the fact that it was so far away she had not seen where the Jackrabbit had gone down. Sometimes these larger Jackrabbits can run up to hundreds of yards before collapsing, this is where Marley’s job becomes critical. Her short legs and athletic stamina make her ideal for finding the elusive hares.
After taking a short break and doing a bit for filming for the enclosed video we moved along down the dry creek bed. The sun was starting to come down on us hard so we kept taking breaks under any shade we could find along the way. We slowly moved up the hillside where I spotted several large Jackrabbits moving about at around 60 yards.
After a few minutes of waiting I spotted one moving from left to right along the embankment heading up the hill. The Jackrabbit moved just behind a bush at 60 yards where I was just able to see the shoulder and part of it’s neck.
I took the shot and THWAAACK!! He went down momentarily and then bolted out of the bush and moved to the right where he collapsed. Marley set out like a rocket and was able to recover the jackrabbit within seconds. One of the best parts of coming out to hunt like this is to be able to watch that little dog work, she truly loves it.
 After filming a little for the enclosed video we headed back to the motorhome to relax for a bit before heading out again that afternoon. The most impressionable feature of the Wolverine is the superb sidelever, smooth and makes follow up shots extremely quick. So far this is my favorite feature of the rifle!
That afternoon it started getting really hot into the high 80’s with a slight breeze that thankfully kept us cool into the evening. We followed a small animal trail where I was ultimately able to spot several large jackrabbits taking shade under the sagebrush.
One came into the open at 115 yards and presented a good front profile. I took the shot to the chest that went a bit right and landed just behind the shoulder. Marley took awhile but ended up finding it expired in a bush about 50 yards South.
We spent the next several hours hiking around with few more opportunistic shots. This is a very difficult area but was very pleased with being able to take several that day considering.
That evening we headed back to the motorhome pretty tired, my feet and back were killing me from all the hiking. I looked on the map and figured we must have done about 10 miles over the day, time for sleep.

Today was our last day so I was eager to get out before the sun came down to hard on us. Most don’t realize all that’s involved in doing a review like this. I not only have the gun to carry but a backpack with water and some basic survival tools, then another bag with camera gear. Hiking with all that really wears you out quickly in the heat.
The plan was to hike about three miles North of us a follow a pasture up into the higher elevations of the mountains. I had hoped to spot several of the jackrabbits moving up the hillsides that may offer some good shot opportunities. As we moved through the pasture I was able to take several shots on a few of them with no success.
After a few failed attempts at several beyond 130+ yards we took a break in an area with a few trees. I really enjoy the stock on the Wolverine, very well made and fit my hands perfectly.
The stock has a small indentation just above the trigger area that acts as somewhat of a rest for my trigger finger. I have a good habit of resting my finger off the trigger when hiking and this fit my finger well. Little things like this really become apparent when doing a field review, part of the reason these reviews are so important to me.
After our short water break we made way up a small animal trail into a more open part of the forest. This area had a few open fields with patches of dry grass where I flushed a good sized Jackrabbit right next to my feet. The Jackrabbit sprinted about 40 yards stopping just long enough to make a clear shot. Thankfully I was able to hit the GoPro camera and capture the action through the enclosed video.
Marley as usual sprung into action and snatched it up in about 4 seconds flat, pretty exciting!
By this time the Jackrabbits had all moved into the thicker areas as the heat was becoming unbearable.
After taking a long break in the shade Marley and I headed several miles back to camp where I decided to call it a day and start packing up the motorhome. The two days of hunting with the Wolverine were a true pleasure and am more than impressed with the performance I received out of it. I will enclose my final honest thought on this rifle as well as the review in video form that I hope some may find helpful. I really want to thank Airguns Of Arizona for outfitting me with this beautiful rifle and sponsoring this field review. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them for any inquiries on this beautiful rifle.
Kind regards,

  • Very good fit and finish
  • Smooth Sidelever (Best I’ve Used)
  • Great trigger, highly adjustable
  • Accurate
  • Great Shot Count
  • Very Strong Stock
  • Anti Double Load
  • Quiet
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to read gauges
  • 5 Year Warranty


  • Weight (Bit heavy)
  • Internally Adjustable

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