New or used Marauder .177?

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    Noose
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    I'm strongly considering adding a .177 marauder for my pellet gun range.  There is a seller on here selling a regulated .177 marauder (custom shop) with the lothar for what seems  a decent price.  Alternatively, I can get a new maruader .177 with the AGNATION 25% off for essentially the same price of $400.  The latter would have crosman's barrel and no regulator, though.  It would be new, however, and I can buy a lifetime warranty for $10 vs. no warranty on the used one.  What's my risk with a used marauder?

    Thanks all, and happy new year.

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    ackuric
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    IMO The new regulated marauders aren't designed properly (regulator has very little plenum) so I'd avoid them and buy a new .177 and spend the 90-100$ yourself down the road if you really want it regulated. All the new barrels from crossman be them lothar or crossman are pretty good now a days. GL

     

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    addertooth
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    Unless your goal is target-only shooting, consider the Marauder in .25 caliber instead.  The general view is that they are simply better (more accurate) shooters; this is especially true at longer distances.

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    Saltlake58
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    I'd avoid Gen 1 Marauders, even with the Lothar Barrel.  Easy to tell because the Gen 2's have the adjustable cheek piece if it's a standard stock.  Not sure what accuracy you are seeking, but my Gen 2 Marauder with Crosman barrel does quite well up to around 75 yards.  Haven't been able to push past that due to range restrictions.  

    Watching some recent AEAC reviews, Crosman has a new barrel making process that seems to rival the Lothar Walther barrel quality.  If you bought new, you'd get a new barrel from the new manufacturing process, plus the warranty.  While I added a regulator to my Marauder a month or so ago, I still haven't adjusted it yet.  Without the regulator, the gun performed quite well, getting about 30 shots per fill.   You can always add the regulator later if needed.  The Audrius Reg from Lithuania is only $69 on eBay, or buy a Huma for about $120 from AOA.  I'm trying the Audrius and initial testing looks good.  When the weather warms a bit (I'm a coward, and it's a blazing 9 degrees F right now), I'll spend some serious time tuning the gun for better efficiency.  However, initial tests were good.

    Then, there's the new factor.  I like taking new things out of the box with warranties.  If I buy from someone else, I don't know what care it's had.  Has it been dropped?  Have they done a modification to the trigger I don't know about?  My paranoia kicks in on something like a gun.  There's no Car Fax for a PCP!

    Personally, unless there's a substantial discount for a used item, I'll buy new.  Your call, probably can't go wrong either way.  If all else fails, flip a coin.  You really can't lose.

     

     

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    Noose
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    Thanks for the feedback… I think I'll lean toward a new field and target with the 25% off since it has their newer barrel.  Crosman has it for $629 and 25% off brings it down to $471.  As far as .177 vs .22 vs .25, I'm just going to shoot paper and spinning targets.  I have a 2300S and I will shoot that, too and I don't want to damage the spinners and other reactive targets so I need to be careful on FPE for the range fun.  I'm on 5 acres and will eventually have a bunch of targets under a cover to protect them from rain and a couple of shooting positions for pistol and rifle.

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    ohio_hunter
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    with 5 acers you should get the 25 mrod.

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    spysir
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    There are no 1st gen marauders with an LW barrel from the factory. 

    You would want to check for yourself but I do believe all crosman warranties  are fully transferable so you should have several years factory warranty buying any of the regulated models.

     

    John

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    spysir

    There are no 1st gen marauders with an LW barrel from the factory. 

    You would want to check for yourself but I do believe all crosman warranties  are fully transferable so you should have several years factory warranty buying any of the regulated models.

     

    John

    They specifically state in their warranty that it is only for the original purchaser – both the standard and purchased lifetime warranty.  It is crystal clear in their documentation.  I'm looking at the 2nd gen with the cheek riser.  It's 629 but with the airgun nation 25% crosman code, it comes down to about 475.  That's the newer crosman barrel, is it not?  I've read the newer barrel, while not LW, is still really good… 

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    Saltlake58
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    anything being sold by Crosman now will have the new barrel.  They announced it some time ago, so should be through all old stock.  You can call and confirm.  One of the AEAC reviews, Steve though he had the Lothar Walthar barrel because it shot so well, but it was really the new Crosman barrel.  I have absolutely no complaints about the barrels from 5 years ago either.  My 5 year old gun shoots extremely well.  The new barrels are even better.  You really can't lose.

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    DRAGON64
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    For just paper and spinning targets, get the .177 and shoot ALOT between refills.  As for new or used… being this is somewhat of a Gen 3 Marauder and uncharted territory, I would buy new for the warranty.

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