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    sean48855
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    I have been playing with pcp's a little bit the last few years. I have owned a .25 marauder a s500 .177 and a mk2 bobcat .25. I have sold them all looking to go to a impact or crown. Well things have changed with baby #2 coming very soon, I dont/wont have the time to shoot/hunt as much. so I don't feel the need for a $2500 air gun setup in my safe. So thinking back to the beginning my marauder was my first pcp and I thought it shot sweet. quarter size groups at 50ish yards were pretty common. So what if anything is comparable to the marauders power price and accuracy but, maybe with a better shot count? I was plenty happy with my mrod accuracy, very happy with its sound, and it had just enough power. but the bobcat spoiled me with the shot count, and power. All that said I am a hunter first so .25 or .30 I like the power for less than perfect shots on animals. Opinions, thoughts, suggestions are all appreciated. Thank you all 

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    NMshooter
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    I have a .25 Marauder and if I had to do it over again, I would look at the FX Streamline. It is a heck of a lot lighter and the shot count is better. You can pick one up new for.$999.00 at AOA. It has nothing but great reviews. You can also mod a .25 Maruader up with a new valve, hammer, HUMA and TSS to get 30-40 shots. This will cost you possibly more than you paid for othe rifle. I'm getting 30 consistent shots. It is quite satisfying turning an OK rifle to par with the more expensive rifles but in the end, it's still a heavy rifle. I know it may be a few more bucks but may be the best value out there for a .25 caliber. 

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    ackuric
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    My custom marauder weighs in at just shy of 5 lbs undressed, but it cost around 250$ to get there. Add in the other 250$~ I spent in modifications and its a 900$ rifle that IMO is much better than the streamline, at least for me…but to each their own. Streamline is 6.4 lbs, mine is 4.9 lbs. Shot counts are the same between the two. My rifle runs a much lighter spring and ssg where as streamlines run very light hammers and heavy springs with side levers to reduce cocking effort. I know my rifle inside and out and replacement parts are very accessible and affordable. 

     

    In the end IMO its what you want out of the gun. I wouldn't trade my rifle for any other, but thats because I put my heart and soul into making it my own…if you want something that is banging straight out of the box then the streamline or the new upcoming dreamline are IMO great options. 

     

    If you truly desire shot count then its a no brainer to get a 450 cc bottle fed air rifle, or even maybe the new kral with 800+ cc's of air on board IMO. But those bottled guns are generally front end heavy, where as my custom built marauder has a fairly light front end and heavy middle/rear in between the two grip points, for balance. Pictured its only 34" OAL and the butt stock extends out up to 5". Streamline ain't doin' that! ;)

     

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    Coldair
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    Looks like we are running a double barrel post here. That Marauder has got to be the coolest modded MRod I have seen!

    Looks like a P-Rod hybrid or some sort.

    I have no doubt in my mind that a Streamline is a fantastic gun but after hearing much raves about it from other owners

    didn't go for one due to its excessive overall length which was the only gripe they had commented on so I got a pair of

    Wildcats instead. I bought my 25 Taipan Veteran after the 2 Wildcats and the Veteran is more accurate at 100 yards.

    CA

     

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    Hunt4Dinner
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    After all the modifications I did to my marauder, I wish I would have bought the streamline. It comes lighter, regulated and better shooting. And it has side lever cocking too. I wouldn’t mod another marauder again. It’s a great rifle but not worth all the time and money compared to the streamline. 

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    I have a Gen I .117, .22 & .25.

    The .177 has it all. Heavily modified for FT use.

    The .22 and the .25 have bStaley mods and  is all they will ever get.

    30 shots from the .22 and 16 from the .25.

    If I need more power and more shots, I grab the .223 semi-auto

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    oneshot61
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    Wood stock marauder .25 from Crosman -427.49 with agnation discount. Modded drop in factory valve-70$. Mds hammer and 12 lb spring-65$. Under 600$ You’ll get 30 40 ft lb shots and hit 65 ft lb cranking the spring when needed. Shoot pellets or Dale Riggert’s swagged bullets from here on agnation, and take squirrels to coyotes. Also you might consider the Evanix rainstorm 2 in .25 or .30. Smooth sidelever, 70 ft lb .25 and 95 ft lb .30 with 250 cc tubes. A bit larger air volume than the marauder. I have the .30, dead nuts accurate, tunable from 65-95 ft lbs with just a spring swap. Shoots 44.75, 50 grain jsb, as well as Nielsen 50,55, and 60 grain swagged. Also several cast bullets. 720$ with code Save10ace. 

    Just depends on your personal preferences and what your hunting. Lots of options open to you.

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    blackdiesel
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    The Kral bottle guns and Hatsan Novas are probably the best bang for bucks PCPs out there.  And with a little mods they can stand along side the higher end PCPs.  

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    NMshooter
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    I agree with ackuric. I definite enjoyed doing all the mods and making the stocks for my 2 Marauders and probably will never sell them. The Marauder has a lot of advantages and with starting out inexpensive and you can really get to know the rifle. You can do the mods at your leisure. You can do almost all the maintenance and magazine are very inexpensive. Here are my final product. I was able to take a pound off with the new stock but it's still heavy

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    Coldair
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    Well theres a fully duked up CAMO 25 Marauder on the classifieds here which I would think is a good deal considering how much money was put into it with all the HILL parts and accessories. I would grab it if I were you… Seems to have a huge shot count based on the seller's description.

    Can be adjusted to 40fpe for 40 shots thats incredible!!!

    CA

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    spysir
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    Keeping your stated reasons ( life events cost time & money ) a used marauder and more air. 

    Used a totally tricked out marauder and a new shoebox booster comes in under $1,000 and you know the rifle so that's a plus.

    Happen to have low cost hpa available ( my last scuba top off was $15.00 for 2,900psi , now have a booster)  used scba tanks have dropped like crazy in price.  Likely find a marauder and 5 scba tanks for a grand.

     Many wont want to hear this but……………………………………………………….     hang in there for the regulated umarex gauntlet in .25. It will be THE value in .25.

     

    John

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    ToRmEnToR
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    I have always regretted selling my Gen1 MRod .25. My friend begged me out of it, so I sold it to him, but the good thing is that it turned him into a airgun freak too. I had plenty of other AGs by then, but I always see it as the one that got away. That thing was a laser.

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    Arzrover
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    I just picked up a book from HardAir Magazine on the Diana Outlaw. Very cool book…. very well done. Anyway, the Oulaw is a direct competition for the Mrod but looks to have some advantages. There are reviews on HardAir Mag and AEAC. Might be worth a look….

    Bob 

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    sean48855
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    Thanks everyone

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    Coldair
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    Unless the magazine design and or OC has been improved with the Snow Peak Dianas, the Marauder has the more reliable magazine least likely to negatively affect accuracy or give you hang ups when cycling if given the choice between a Marauder and Snow Peak Diana if you plan to shoot the guns primarily using the magazines IMHO. I am a magazine snob and get so frustrated when magazines hang up or cause unexplained errant shots!

     

    CA

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