Hygienist wrote:Hey guys,
I'm dead set on buying a Marauder, but I can't decide between the .25 and the .22.
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Hygienist wrote:Uses will be mainly target plinking, with a tiny lil bit of hunting/pest control (up to raccoon size).
For racoon sized animals, I would recommend the .25 cal version. Hits hard and accurate with Predator Polymags and they will make the racoon "do the dance"!
A .22 will suffice, but will not carry as much FPE (foot pounds of energy) to your target and will definitely have to be a good shot.
Hygienist wrote:This will be with a *hand pump*. My main concern is having to pump up the .25 after only every few shots. Having never used a PCP gun or hand pump, I have the following questions:
1. How many usable shots can I expect for casual plinking at various ranges (25, 50, 100)? For serious hunting?
The ranges will not determine your usable shots, here's my experience with my Marauders:
My .22 gets around 30 good shots using JSB Diabolo Jumbo Exact Heavy 18.1 grain pellets at an average velocity of 870 FPS and it's very accurate even out past 80 yards. My .25 gets around 16 good shots using Benjamin Domed 27.8 grain pellets at an average of 832 FPS, but I have yet to test accuracy out past 20 yards. However I know it will shoot accurately at least as far as my .22 does, and it will hit harder! Once I get my ordered springs, I'm going to bake them and install them in both guns. This will most likely up the FPS for both guns and they will shoot with a higher velocity.
Hygienist wrote:2. How is pumping the .25? How difficult is it? Approximately how many minutes does it take to pump it back up after shooting? (I'm a fit 165lb 21 year old who can bench a little bit above his body weight)
Pumping the .25 is no more difficult than pumping the .22 by hand. I pump both of mine with a Benjamin Hand Pump. However, what you will find is that you have to pump the .25 up more often when you are target shooting or testing/adjusting over a chrono because of the 16 good shot limit (unless you purchase an HDD and install it then you will have around 24 good shots with the same amount of air usage). For hunting though, it won't really matter. That is unless you have so many available targets to shoot at that you run your air down quickly!
I've been out hunting and the only shot I've taken is the one I shot to empty the barrel before storing it in the truck when leaving.
Hygienist wrote:3. I heard the .25 barrel is made by a different manufacturer, and that it is much better. Is that still true for a Marauder that I'd buy today, or has this case changed?
Yes, the .25 barrel is made by Green Mountain and they are very accurate and typically not as pellet picky as the .22 model. That will still hold true if you purchase it today. I must say though that I've had good fortune with my .22 in the accuracy department. It is "Pellet Picky" though. It seems to shoot the H & N Baracudas, H & N Field Target Trophy, JSB Diabolo Jumbo Exact Heavy and the Crosman Premier Hollow Points well. I've head shot ground squirrels out to 82 yards with my .22 Marauder using the JSB's and the pellet still passed right through their heads!
Hygienist wrote:In essence, I want to know if the hand pump makes the .25 a deal breaker. Thanks!
I guess it depends on how much shooting you plan to do. If you plan to shoot alot, the the .25 and the hand pump will wear you out quick! When I'm tuning my .25 or testing it, I'm really wishing I had an air tank to fill it. However, when I'm filling it to go out hunting, I fill it once and go, like I mentioned sometimes never even getting a clear shot to fire when I'm out, so 16 good shots is fine.
I must mention that I have both of my Marauders set up for power though. So the max usable shots I get are less than if you had it tuned for maximum shot count. Well, I don't know if this helped or confused the issue more, but hopefully it will help to clarify things a bit.
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