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#2920831 - 08/26/12 12:54 PM Opening Morning of Squirrel season
Kevin B.
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Even though I prefer cooler weather, I couldn't let Opening Morning slide by without being in the woods. And the squirrels were out in force and cutting Ironwood, White oak, Hickories, etc etc. I acquired another Benjamin Marauder in 25 cal. It is a PCP (Pre-Charged Pnematic) with 8 shot clip. On one filling of air I get 22 good usable shots. It'll tear one hole at 50 yards from a padded rest. It has a Green Mountain barrel, and that is probably why that sucker is so accurate. I killed 5. When that 25 cal pellet (25.1 grains) smacks the squirrel it sounds just like a fast ball slapping a catcher's mit. Rarely does the squirrel do anything but fall dead with minimal death struggle. This is a very efficient squirrel killing rifle and I can shoot all day at a fraction of the price of my Marlin 22 mag.
I use a hi output foot pump to charge this rifle. I seriously modded the stock but did a poor job of applying urethane varnish. Since yesterday, I have sanded the stock back down to bare wood (beech) and am in the process of refinishing Thanks for looking. Hope more of my Tennessee brothers and sisters hit the woods yesterday morning. We need rain and cooler weather, but that certainly didn;t stop the squirrels from being out. I could have limited quickly with my 870 but it was neat to try an airgun. These things are under rated. And by airgun: I don't mean the the ones that the local WalMart carries in stock, though there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!!! Just saying that there is more quality out there for the buying. Anyway, had a blast. Hopefully, more successful airgunning reports to come.

The 5th squirrel, under the rifle, was barking his fool head off at me as I strode back to the car with my 4 squirrels. All that was showing was his head through the Leupold 3x9x33 EFR scope at 9x. In between barks, I let my little gun bark. The 25 pellet never slowed down as it went through the snout, behind the eye, and out the back of his noggin. Number 5 went home with the rest. They are now frozen solid in a block of ice ready for a few more to go with them. Excuse the poor pic quality from my Samsung phone cam.

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#2920877 - 08/26/12 01:59 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Kevin B.]
Wes Parrish
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AWESOME!

Is that .25 cal in current production?

And is the barrel a custom addition?

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#2921007 - 08/26/12 04:13 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Wes Parrish]
trealtree
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Nice shooting. I took out my .22 marauder, but things did not go so well. We were trying to "film" the hunt, and if you have never tried to film a squirrel hunt, its harder than you think...lol
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#2921053 - 08/26/12 04:55 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: trealtree]
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#2921167 - 08/26/12 07:07 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: easy45]
REM7
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#2921212 - 08/26/12 07:31 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Wes Parrish]
Kevin B.
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
AWESOME!

Is that .25 cal in current production?

And is the barrel a custom addition?

Yes, google Benjamin Marauder Airgun (25 cal). The 25 cal is the only one of that series of airguns with a Green Mountain barrel. The muzzle even has a recessed target crown. I am impressed with it. One and a quarter inch hundred yard groups happen frequently.

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#2921217 - 08/26/12 07:33 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: trealtree]
Kevin B.
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Nice shooting. I took out my .22 marauder, but things did not go so well. We were trying to "film" the hunt, and if you have never tried to film a squirrel hunt, its harder than you think...lol
Wow Trealtree, i would have loved to see it!!! I bet that it is an aggravation though. Gald to hear that your 22 Marauder is still alive and well!!!! Gosh, it was three or four years ago when I first found where you were going to use a Marauder for the bushytails. Good hunting this year buddy.

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#2921218 - 08/26/12 07:34 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Kevin B.]
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#2921219 - 08/26/12 07:34 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: REM7]
Kevin B.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Edited by Kevin B. (08/26/12 07:34 PM)

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#2922419 - 08/27/12 05:51 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Kevin B.]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: Kevin B.
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
Nice shooting. I took out my .22 marauder, but things did not go so well. We were trying to "film" the hunt, and if you have never tried to film a squirrel hunt, its harder than you think...lol
Wow Trealtree, i would have loved to see it!!! I bet that it is an aggravation though. Gald to hear that your 22 Marauder is still alive and well!!!! Gosh, it was three or four years ago when I first found where you were going to use a Marauder for the bushytails. Good hunting this year buddy.


Good to see you posting. I hope to get a .25 one day. my Custom .22 is doing great though. I have a Jim Gaska Barrel and shroud extension. It will stack just about any pellet. I hope to take out a few squirrels this year, but My hunting trips have to be thoughtfully planned now that I have a newborn at home. \:\)
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#2922677 - 08/27/12 08:43 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Kevin B.]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Kevin B.
The 25 cal is the only one of that series of airguns with a Green Mountain barrel. . . . . One and a quarter inch hundred yard groups happen frequently.

Never would have thought that possible with a production air gun.
Impressive.

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#2922735 - 08/27/12 09:28 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I've been eyeball'n the PCP airguns for a couple years now & the maruader is on the short list, a good air rifle could open up some good hunting turf.

Question...just how loud is it compared to a .22 ??

And...just how much work is the pump ?? ( A tank would be great but the only place to charge a tank is at least 60 miles away, so a pump would be a plus for me)
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#2925277 - 08/29/12 06:08 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: FOX FIRE]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: FOX FIRE
I've been eyeball'n the PCP airguns for a couple years now & the maruader is on the short list, a good air rifle could open up some good hunting turf.

Question...just how loud is it compared to a .22 ??

And...just how much work is the pump ?? ( A tank would be great but the only place to charge a tank is at least 60 miles away, so a pump would be a plus for me)


Opening a can of coke is 10x louder than my marauder in .22

As for pumping from empty it can be a chore. topping off is not that hard.
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#2928717 - 09/01/12 12:41 PM Re: Opening Morning of Squirrel season [Re: trealtree]
Kevin B.
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Trealtree is right on target. I think that him and I got our Marauder 22 cals close to when they were first released. he knows his stuff when it comes to them. In my 25 cal, and not totally unlike the 22, I shoot the pressure from 3000 psi to 2000psi. It takes me about 60 stokes to top it back off to 3000. When I go to the woods, I leave the pump at foot pump at home. I can kill enough squirrels on one filling....or I need to learn how to shoot. These rifles are phenominal. And the REAL plus side is how quiet they are. You can shoot them in your backyard without drawing negative attention. And in the woods, the report doesn't make to entire woods go quiet. I love mine.
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