Benjamin Marauder Hunter Combo
- 10-shot repeater with auto-indexing feature (.25 cal is an 8-shot repeater)
- Uses compressed air: 2,000 to 3,000 psi (make adjustments as shown in the owner's manual)
- Can be adjusted for different velocities
- Internal shroud makes this a VERY quiet gun
- Choked barrel delivers superior accuracy
- 2-stage adjustable match trigger li>
- Raised aluminum breech for easier loading of circular magazine
- 11mm dovetail
- Ambidextrous synthetic stock with vertically adjustable comb (almost a full pound lighter than the wood-stocked rifle!)
- Reversible bolt -- switch from right to left side
- Built-in air pressure gauge (manometer)
- 215cc air reservoir
- Includes CenterPoint IR 6-20x50mm Rifle Scope with Illuminated Parallax Adjustable T.A.G. Reticle with high rings, sling, sling swivel studs, and one magazine
- Also includes an Air Venturi 88 cu in carbon fiber tank
The rotary ten round magazines have all cycled very efficiently with no hang ups. Only draw back is that I can't insert poly mags into the clip do to the length of the pellet. Rocket steel tipped rounds how ever are amazing and at 87 feet/ 28 yards three round groups touched constantly. The Marauder out performs my cordless lithium drill, its pin point. I'm greatly impressed by such tight groups. With previous .177 rifles and gamo rocket ammo shots never were consistent, but now they are. More information and data is needed for a more thorough review on pellets. My chronograph arrives in two weeks, its back ordered. I will post future reviews of the pellet performances out of the BM.
Complimented with a walnut laser etched stock one begins to drool. Handle it with care as its smooth balanced finish deserves to be treated with respect. Personally attaching a bi pod to the front swivel mount to insure a steady shot while keeping the rifle elevated and preventing scratches is a must. As well as a scope with 11 mm dove tail mounts. I selected a Sweet 22 scope its a great combination. Filling the rifle off a scuba tank takes seconds and I curse at ever having had to pump rifles by hand in the past. One fill at 3000 psi and I shot four clips and still was at 1500 psi. After topping off the rifle I fired four more clips with no flaws or jams. The fully adjustable trigger has me curious, but the factory setting are nothing to be ashamed of. Rather I couldn't ask for a crisper or smoother trigger pull out of the box as evident with grouping. Crosman varmint targets provide a good reference point as well as a critter of choice. They stood no chance as did two unsuspecting critters at 30-35 yards. One shot, one kill repeated twice. A large thump form the .22 cal pellet impact and instant inertia transfer left no room for spasms/ twitching or a follow up shot need be wasted.
My Review: Five starts and a twinkle in my eye! I've never been happier or more proud to have a pellet rifle in my collection. I cant wait for the sun to rise tomorrow. My prediction plenty of Thunder
Accurate. once properly set up and tuned, 30-yard groups of 10 shots (off a benchrest) can fit inside a 3/8" circle. Really.
Pellets. I favor Crosman Pointed Hunting, JSB Jumbo, and Predator Polymags. The Crosmans gave me the group mentioned. The Predators are right behind, and are the most weirdly-effective airgun ammo I've ever seen. (Not for amateurs or "silly" people: you absolutely CAN modify a Marauder magazine to hold 10 Predators. It involves lathe-turning a channel into the clear mag cover. If you can't visualize the exact setup I'm talking about, don't even think of trying it!!! Mine has been running jam-free for hundreds of rounds. Be gentle with your gear!)
Heavy. it is.
Capacity. I put 3000psi from a SCUBA tank in and get 40 consistent shots easily. I have chrony data somewhere. Ona 100' x 100' property, plenty of tuned shots. (Note that your accuracy may be better at, say, 800fps than 950fps. It won't matter to a sheet of paper, and it won't matter to a "pest," either. Just have your ballistics and your optics straight. You don't need to blow a whole bunch of extra air out on each shot. If you're serious about this stuff --- and this is a very serious gun (well, all guns are) --- then buy, beg, borrow, or steal a chrony and check muzzle velocities at various settings. Check terminal velocities at your intended ranges. Set up for that, and get a ton of shots at effective energy levels.)
Uses. Use your imagination. It's an amazing target piece. It also helps in preserving garden integrity.
Next, it's not nearly as quiet as what folks report. Not much quieter than my Gamo and Ruger spring guns, so don't believe all that "silent" talk, it makes plenty of noise.
The gun and scope weighs a ton, not a good choice for walking the woods for critters. My .177 Gamo weighs about half and with a disciplined hold I can hit any squirrel I can see.
Now the good....it's very, very accurate. The trigger (not tuned so far) is excellent. I knew how heavy the rifle is and holy cow, with a good rest this gun is a tack driver. And that's really my highest standard and why I will prol keep the gun. I'm sure that I can't ever consistently shoot a spring as well as a pcp.
All in all, I could have spent $800+ on a very fine bolt action .22 rifle and shot shorts. Hmmmmm....I'm sending this gun back, not worth the money.
bolts and screws. Finding everything in perfect order, I filled the reservoir to 3000 psi.
First group of five duplicated the test target sent with the rifle (all in one hole). Needless
to say that got my attention. Used the JSB18.13 and first group was at 10yds. After a bit of
gleefully jumping around, I fired two five shot groups at 30 yds. More jumping around! First group
went into target at .255 with the second group producing .262. I purchased this rifle to
squirrel hunt with and I believe we have that issue covered with rifle. I used no special
procedures to produce these results as it was cold and I threw a boat cushion on top of the
bench and went to work. Trigger pull is fantastic, gun is so quiet it left me wondering
if it had actually fired on the first shot (it did) stock looks great.
Really cool part, it arrived one day earlier than stated.
Thanks to Air Gun Depot for their excellent service in processing this order.
WOW. Purchasing one of these Marauder's has only made me wonder why I haven't ordered
the .25 cal. yet.
I chose .22 and have no regrets. Accurate and comfortable. I bought
the full package, because that's what I do when I buy a new airgun.
Accuracy is first and foremost and this rifle delivers that accuracy
It's a versatile rifle to target shoot or hunt with. I enjoy shooting
it and will never get rid of it. All around great air rifle.
I went with the Benjamin Marauder "SynRod" with hand pump so that I could get to shooting immediately. No additional purchases necessary (yet). The Marauder hands down delivers on all of my expectations and then some. Out of the box, the accuracy and shot grouping is phenomenal. No POI shifts or significant droop, like what I experienced with CO2. Trigger pull and feel is excellent and predictable. In .177 it is absolutely quiet except for the twang/ping of the air tube. Loads of adjustments for trigger pull and valve pressure to make fine adjustments, which satisfies the tinkerer and tuner inside me. Since the Marauder platform is so widely used, there are tons of mods available and my 3D printer will be getting some use customizing this rifle.
I'm a larger guy at 6'0 and 240 lbs so the hand pump is not a problem. About 90 very easy pumps to 2000psi which is suitable for low pressure plinking. I incorporate pumping with the handpump with performing excercise, not unlike the motions for doing bodyweight squats. With the pump as close to my body's center, keep back straight, bend at the knee, arms locked to exert body weight on handlebars, primarily using glutes and thighs to raise and lower body weight, with abs for stabilization. A tidy workout with shooting as the reward. Looks a little goofy, sure, and you use more muscle groups in the process, but it works for me and I feel like I got a good exercise in, rather than just doing physical busywork. Proper form is a must-- if you try pumping the handpump while hunched over-- I wouldn't be surprised if someone threw out a disc.
This Marauder combo is a great entry point into PCP and I'm looking forward to years of enjoyment out of it.
Best airgun I've ever fired
New gun ended up being $375... with a good scope on it...$500.
I am so far as equally satisfied with its simplicity, accuracy, quality, quietness...etc.
I like the trigger. It's not german engineered, but it is light, smooth, and predictable. I put a BSA 4-12x40 scope on and after a few shots, it is extremely accurate using standard inexpensive Crosman hollow points, or I like the "Pirranhas" because they just do an extra little number on the squirrels in the backyard!
The gun is accurate and quiet which are my two main considerations. I live in a popular neighborhood in a large city, and I don't want to alert anybody about my potentially controversial but necessary activities in my back yard. Squirrels are my main target, (they are out of control!) and you wouldn't believe how many bleeding-heart, fuzzy-animal-loving-snowflakes that there are! Also, hanging out with anything that appears to be a gun these days tends to cause huge alarm with anyone who watches the news! ANYWAYS! Yes. The sound of the pellet hitting my little grey nemesis(es) makes more sound than the gun itself! Most of my shooting is up to about 75 yards, and this gun is spot-on every time. Limited only by my own hold or strategic position that I can quickly take...those buggers don't stop moving unless they're hiding from someone else! I think that the .22 is better for me and this environment because .25 can sometimes be a bit much for a squirrel.
The air range I stay in is from 2900psi down to 1200 or so, I can get 50+ good shots.
The action feels smooth and firm.
All in all, this has become my go-to gun because it will so reliably get the shot done... and have the option for fast follow up shots!
They have all felt like toys, lacking decent triggers and relative to my traditional rifles, are inaccurate. Well, NO MORE!! This Benjamin Marauder is wonderful!
When I unboxed the Benjamin Marauder, I was immediately impressed the the quality feel of this rifle. It is a heavy rifle, but not hard to handle or unpleasant. The wood stock is comfortable. My first pull of the bolt surprised me, it was rather stiff but it does break in nd gets smooth. The trigger is wonderful! Finally a trigger that rivals that of my traditional firearms! I have a Savage .308 and the triggers are very similar. Short pulls and crisp break. You always know where this trigger will break! Unlike all of my other air rifles with a mile long pull before it breaks. Good job , Benjamin!
Alright I have cleaned the barrel, let's take it out and shoot! I am using a UTG 4x32 mildot scope off of my Benjamin Nitro. First to fill the gun with air. I did buy the combo with the rifle and Benjamin high pressure hand pump. I have been wondering how hard this would be. I didn't count the pumps on first fill, but the rifle had 1000psi and I filled to 3000psi. I was tired afterward. It is far from impossible but it will give you a workout. After about 4 fills, I figured out that over about 2800 psi, I seemed to be losing accuracy, so I shoot from 2800psi down to about 2100psi. It takes about 60 pumps to fill it back up. Wth the factory power settings, I am getting about 40 shots per fill. I have shot down past the 2100psi and it seems to stay accurate down to around 1600psi.
After around 200 rounds, I started looking at the measurable accuracy. I am shooting at 30 yards at 1/2" dots on a target. I tried multiple pellets. The worse seems to be Crosman Premier comes 14.3g. at 1" and larger groups The best groups are coming from JSB Exact Jumbo 18.13g. at a 1/2" to slightly less than 1/4" group. This rifle seems to want heavy pellets. The H&N Baracuda Match 21.14 does very well also at 3/4" to 1/2" groups. Keep in mind that I am using a rest but I am fully supporting the rifle in my hands, so this is not as good as the accuracy could be. I have only shot 2 clips of JEB Exacts but the accuracy is substantially better than everything else tested. At one point, the rifle stacked 3 pellets on top of each other...making a clump of pellets still hung in the target.
I have run close to 1000 rounds through the rifle. The bolt that started as stiff and sticky, has become smooth. The trigger is just an extension of my finger, requiring no thought at all. The Magazine is excellent...after you figure out how to fill it.
This rifle fits my needs perfectly. It is a tack driver built with quality. I can go out in my yard and practice shooting for far less money than I would spend on my .308 ammo. The Benjamin leaves you feeling like you are using a real firearm, less the loud bang. (Super quiet, just the ping of the hammer falling). No more feeling like you are playing with a carnival you, while really wishing were sharpening your shooting skills. If you are looking to an alternative to traditional firearms for the sake of cheaper ammo and convenience of shooting at home, this is it!
It took me several days to find a scuba store nearby to fill the air tank. And after I finally filled the tank, a new problem occurred. It's the hose of the fill station. The tank is filled, the knob works, but the air can't go into the gun because the hose is blocked somehow. I found a friend to fill my airgun and the gun is ok. So I wrote to them again and still wait for their reply.
Gees! This is my first time shopping in Airgun Depot. I have to wait a month to use my Mrod as expected. Can't they check the quality control!
Told them to give a return label, I'll send them back the sling and fill station as they can check it!
I have 2 Marauders rifles and two of the pistols (woods walker and regular). Three I purchased brand new, and this one I purchased refurbished. I WANTED a refurb as I trust Airgun Depot to have it tuned and ready :) All my Marauders besides the woods walker arrived perfect. I had to tune the woods walker trigger a bit and it seems to have occasional issues firing, but overall is an absolute pleasure to shoot. I figured the refurb would have he trigger tuned properly and have all the seals in place / hold pressure and I was correct. I guess I mean to say that if I had an option to send every gun I buy to Airgun Depot to have it "tuned", I would do so. Plus, the refurb is a bit less! I'm definitely keeping an eye on the refurb pcp offerings in the future.
However, if you have the resources to join the PCP club, you will be hooked. After mounting a cheap $100 scope on my Marauder and zeroing in the scope, I am able to shoot quarter size groups at 25 yards all day long. My Marauder is in 0.177 caliber so I get 50 to 60 shots before I have to recharge. The 10-shot magazine on the Marauder is such a pleasure after coming from single shot break-barrels. I'm using cheap Crosman Premier 10.5 grain pellets so I could probably tighten my groups by going to a heavier JSB pellets. At this point I've only sent around 100 pellets down range, so the barrel is probably not completely broken in. I'll probably hold on to my springers and my nitro-pistons, but I doubt they'll see much use now that I have "gone over to the dark side".
I am also pleasantly surprised with the Center Point scope. It was packaged in that hard to open plastic that you would see hanging on hooks at a store and I thought it was going to be a cheapo. But the lens is clear, it has an adjustable objective that is obviously made for pellet guns as it goes down to 15 yards, increases in small increments to 100 yards, then to infinity. It also has an illuminated recticle in 2 colors with variable brightness settings, with BDC markings to aid with holdover. I don't know where the bullet drop points are going to be as far as distance yet, but it has them. The trigger is nice, no immediate plans to adjust it. It has a long smooth light creep, then it comes to a clear stop (the second stage), and then breaks easily with no creep.
I did have a couple of pellets jam between the bolt and the magazine, which made it hard to get the magazine out to clear the mangled pellet. I read on a forum that if you cock the gun with the muzzle pointed down, this will not happen. Only a couple of people had this concern. The rotary magazine automatically rotates to the next pellet when the rifle is cocked, making for easy follow up shots.
I have the Benjamin pump and it is a workout. It takes about 75 pumps to go from 2000 to 3000 psi. If you weigh 150 lbs or less you may not be able to compress it all the way, I basically lock my arms out and use body weight to pump it. I plan to get a 4500 psi tank in the near future, but still glad to have the hand pump for a backup.
The gun does not have iron sights so you will need a scope, and if you are going to be in the field you will want a sling. This was a good package deal that came with everything including the correct scope rings.
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 1000 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 10
0.25Caliber 0.25 CalVelocity 900 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 8