Benjamin Marauder Wood Stock Air Rifle
|Price:||$439.99 - $589.14|
- .177 Caliber Pellet Rifle/Upto 1100 FPS
- Precharged Pneumatic Power Plant
- Rebalanaced Wood Stock
- Rifled and Shrouded Barrel for Accuracy and Resonance Dampening
- Perfect for target shooting, pest control, small game and varmint hunting
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Benjamin Marauder Airguns have become the go-to guns for predator and small game hunters. Game as large as turkey, fox, hogs and coyotees are no match for the Marauder's relentless accuracy and quiet power. Now the ALL NEW Marauder rifles have been redesigned to take PCP performance to the next level.
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This rifle is heavy, which isn't a bad thing, but if you're going to be carrying it around, consider getting a sling.
Aside from the rifle, you will need either a hand pump ($150-170) or, an air tank and a yoke to get air into the gun. I would suggest getting a scuba tank, and the "Scuba Yoke Adaptor For Benjamin/Crosman PCP Airguns". I tried the hand pump. It is a lot of work, and I'm only 150lbs and it's difficult to pump over 2000psi. (the gun holds up to 3000psi)
After you fill the gun with air, you should be able to get about 30-40 shots from it before you need to fill it again. It shoots very accurate, until the pressure gets below 1500-1750. I have filled the gun at least a dozen times from the scuba tank, and it has barely made a dent in the pressure of the scuba tank. So once you fill your scuba tank, it should last quite a long time.
This is my only PCP rifle, so I don't have experience with any others. I did a lot of research and most PCP rifles are twice the cost of this or more. I don't see why I would ever want or need to spend more money than this.
I have tried about 6 different pellets in it. The one I have the most success with is the H&N Sport Baracuda, 21.14gr. 10 shots at 10 yards, and they practically all go into the same hole you made with the first shot (picture attached).
I have a bad squirrel problem in my neighborhood. At any time of the day, walk up and down my street and you will see at least a dozen squirrels. I have spent hundreds on my lawn, and the squirrels continue to dig holes and attempt to bury their nuts. Now, I crack the window, take one shot. Close the window, then sneak out and bag him. This rifle is so quiet, my neighbors have no idea I'm shooting. I have had a couple break barrel rifles, which are louder. If you're looking for a break barrel rifle, I would suggest the "Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT" or the "RWS .22 Pellet Model 34 Combo Rifle". Both great rifles and no need to buy a scuba tank or separate scope. People whine about the crappy scopes on their rifles, but they are good enough to do the job.
The Marauder is no toy. With a heavy pellet, it will go right through a 3/4" pine board. I really enjoy target shooting in the basement with it, however it's getting a little boring because it is so accurate. Instead of hitting a circle target, I use a GRID target and practice hitting the intersections. Almost forgot to mention, I have the "UTG 1-Inch 3-9X40 AO True Hunter IE Scope" on it.
I hope you found this review helpful.
Note: My 22 cal. Marauder does not have the accuracy of my 25 cal. I have not yet found a pellet that it is in love with. I have one tin of Crossman domed pellets that is seems to like better than most. With the pellets from that tin it can shoot almost as well as my best break action rifles. (20 out of 20 in a 1/2" circle at 10 meters) I suspect that the barrel is a bit on the large size. I don't know what happened to my pic's of the targets that I shot with the 22 but I can't seem to find them anywhere. My 25 puts them much closer to the center, for what that is worth. Great rifle, but get the 25 if you want to kill stuff.
I installed a decent OA scope ( a very old BSA 4 x 16 x 50 contender) and shot some 1/2" dots at 10 meters. 40 shots 40 hits many of them dead center. I used these pellets with great results. BD225 Benjamin Sheridan, Domed Pellets, .25 Caliber, 27.9 Grains, (Per 200)This is equal to a 40 shot group with a center to center spacing averaging less than 1/4" I think the rifle can do better but I am not a great shot. I think if I switch to 1/4 inch dots I can do better. The 1/2" dots are to large to center the cross hairs on.
Update: 6-23-2017 WE NEEDMORE STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like the 22 so much I bought the 25 cal. It is just incredible. I mounted my ancient Daisy 3 x 9 x 32 non AO scope, filled it to 3000 psi and went to the basement 10 meter range. WOW! The scope was off to the left just a bit, but the first 8 shots went through the same hole! I tweaked the scope and put 16 more thru the second hole. I then switched to one of my favorite targets, a Tea can and shot Arnold in the hand, heart, head, jewels and both shoulders and elbows, turned the can on its side and shot the rivet off the pull tab with one shot. I then turned the can around and put 3 shots thru the same hole in 5 different locations. The yellow panel on the umbrella makes a nice point of aim. The Raccoons in my barn are in for a world of hurt.
Targets are 10 shot groups with cheap pellets and even cheaper non AO scope, first 60 shots with new rifle. Just incredible!
I shoot air rifles for fun and exercise. I have many and average 100-200 shots per day. The Magnum springer rifless, Hatsan 125's Hatsan 125TH Air Rifle Combo, Camo Stock air rifle and Ruger Air Magnums Umarex 2244029 Ruger Air Magnum Break Barrel Single Shot 0.22-Caliber Air Rifle, Black Matte Finish give you a great upper body work out. The Beeman P17 Beeman Marksman P17 Deluxe Pellet Pistol with Sightsand Hatsan 25Hatsan Model 25 Supercharger Air Pistol air pistol pistols are great for hand and wrist strength training. Until now I had not found an air rifle that will give you a cardio work out. The Marauder will. My other 4 PCP's only require 2,000# pressure and are easy to fill. The Marauder takes 3,000#. Pumping it up by hand 4 or 5 times will certainly raise your heart rate. The fact that the rifle is such a nice shooter, accurate, quiet, and a good trigger makes it one you will want to grab first. It is the final missing piece to my air rifle fitness routine. You just cant go wrong with a Benjamin PCP
Very well made and handles great. So far I have no complaints!
The magazines are easy to load. It's easy to fill with my scuba tank. At first, I worried that because I was using a 3,000 psi tank to fill it, I would only get a few fills before the power dropped off. I find, however, that the Marauder works just fine with a fill of 2,700 psi, or even 2,500. I find I get good shots even when the pressure has dropped down to 1,500. At 1,500, tho, you do have to compensate for the lower pressure.
It will penetrate a 3/4 inch plywood board at around 30 yards. I've attached photos of my Marauder and the 50 yard range, and a 10 shot group that I shot at either 30 or 40 yards.