|Marauder .25 Caliber Hunting Rifle|
|I really like the Marauder design a lot, but need a bigger caliber packing a bit more punch for hunting medium sized game. This is a need many suburban predator/varmint hunters are being faced with these days.|
|Iíve been a big fan of the Crosman Benjamin Marauder since its release, finding the combination of its rich feature set, which includes power, accuracy, multi shot magazine, shrouded barrel, a quality trigger, along with the excellent price performance ratio, a package ideally suited for my hunting needs. This is the rifle I selected to take on my last South African excursion, and using both the .177 and .22 versions found the gun to be a winner in the field for everything from springhare to Guinea fowl. And when I returned home I continued to achieve great results (primarily using the .22 caliber gun) for squirrels on up to raccoons.
But what I really wanted was a gun to use on mid sized game. Iíd been talking to the engineering and marketing guys at Crosman about really wanting the gun in .25 caliber to use on medium sized quarry such as fox, bobcat, and coyote. So when I was told Iíd be able to see and shoot the .25 at the last SHOT Show I was really excited.
Let me give a quick explanation on why I wanted this caliber for coyote. It is possible to kill almost anything with almost anything, and the .22 is indeed capable of killing a yote. However, it does not carry enough energy to do it every time, there is no margin of error, the hunter must be very disciplined in shot selection with respect to distance and placement. Airguns kill by making a hole in vital organs, not by dumping huge amounts of energy on target as a firearm would, so a bigger hole is better. Coyote are expanding in range and numbers in suburban areas, where guns with excessive power and noise are an issue. There is a growing need by predator hunters to use a tool that will allow precise shot placement, adequate but not excessive power, and do it with a low intensity sound. The fact that true big bore airguns are more efficient at killing game consistently is offset in this application by the need to have a quiet gun that can be shot in more developed areas. Thatís where a quiet, accurate, adequately powered, larger caliber Marauder would be an excellent fit in my hunting kit.
I wonít give a blow by blow description of the Marauder, as it is basically the same gun in .25 as it is in .22 except for the larger bore and the fact that the slightly larger magazine has an eight shot capacity rather than the ten shot found on the smaller caliber guns. After shooting many hundreds of pellets of various types through my test gun, I have found that the magazine is very reliable. The .25 caliber gun is a little louder than the smaller calibers, but not significantly. It is also very accurate, which is something I was happy to see, as my experience has been that some guns struggle to maintain accuracy in this caliber. Not only was the Marauder.25 accurate, it was so with a variety of pellets. The gun delivers full power over the first 25 or so shots with no shift in the POI, and on an all day hunting trip I could get about forty usable shots per fill.
In the field I found the Marauder .25 caliber rifle to be an excellent performer for all the reasons stated above. I would suggest that if you are looking for a fifty yard medium game gun for suburban hunts, that you take a look at this gun. If you have the discipline to be selective about your shots, I believe this it fulfills a growing need for todayís varmint/predator hunter.
|The Marauder .25 is essentially the same gun as the .177 and .22 versions. It is an ergonomic design that cycles rapidly and is very shootable.|
|The quick release fill connector is used to charge the gun up to 3000 psi, a cap keeps the connector dirt and grime free.|
|The obvious difference in the .25 is the bore, however the OD of the shroud is the same as it smaller brother|
|The .25 caliber gun uses the same magazine design, however it is a bit larger than the .177 and .22 magazine and is 8 shot rather than the standard 10|
|While the gun has a shot capcity of 40 shots per 3000 psi fill, the velocity starts to fall of after the 25th shot. However, the POI over forty shots (center target) doesn't shift significantly and would all find the kill zone on a prairie dog. The graph above shows the pressure drop corresponding to shots.
The target to the left demonstartes the rifles ability to punch very tight five shot groups at twenty five yards. The Benjamin Domed Pellets and the H&N Baracuda heavy pellets were especially accurate.
Crosman has designed a .25 pellet to go along with their new rifle, and it seems to be a well matched pair.
|The Marauder .25 is a great medium sized game gun that provides power, accuracy, high shot count, and is very quiet. I think that it bridges the gap between small caliber small game and big bore big game gun|
|Together with the Benjamin domed pellets, I was able to reach out to long distances for prairie dogs. I had several shots in the 120 yards range, and reached out close to 150 yards on a couple. I got the impression that the .25 bucked the wind a bit better than the .22, but of course can't state that with a certainty as there was no way to do a controlled comparison. However, the results were good enough for me to select this gun / caliber when I think there will be long range shooting|