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Saltlake58
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I have the Marauder and it’s good but with a pump, not so sure.  Getting any gun to 3000 PSI is a chore.  Getting a gun to 2000 PSI is a different story.  I’ve considered buying a Maximus just for that reason.  If you buy used, Make sure it’s a Gen 2 and Shoot it first to make sure it’s accurate and ready to go.  You can always add the regulator later.

​Gotta go with ztirffritz on this one.  Maximus is $165 on crosman’s site with AGNATION code.  That leaves room for a scope and pump, and that all important first tin of pellets.

​Also agree witih Birdo, no used or modified for first gun, unless you have people and resources to fall back on for help when problems arise.  If you get a chance to shoot the Marauder, maybe, but the Hammerli conversion really makes me nervous.  Why start with a Frankengun for a starter?

​Reports are that the Maximus shoots well, is light, though has a fairly heavy trigger pull at 4 pounds or so.  Not bad for a hunter.  Kit on crosman site with .22 Maximus, pump. pellets and a gong target is $349 – 25%=$263.  It has open sights, so you could start shooting immediately and pick up a nice piece of glass later.  Since the Marauder MUST have a scope, that could be a problem. (http://www.crosman.com/maximus-kit-22)

​The big difference in the Maximus is the pumping required.  The last 600 or 700 PSI really take a toll on those of us not in perfect physical condition.  The extra resistance the pump gives towards the higher pressures is much more difficult than one thinks, and it really slows down a good day hunting or target shooting.  I bought the pump first, but bought a bottle almost immediately after If found out how difficult 3000 PSI is.  2000 was a cinch!

Just my opinion.