Marauder .25 Caliber Hunting Rifle
Jim Chapman
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.
I’ve 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

But what I really wanted was a gun to use on mid sized
game. I’d 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 I’d
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. That’s where a quiet, accurate, adequately
powered, larger caliber Marauder would be an excellent
fit in my hunting kit.

I won’t 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 today’s 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.
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
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
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