Reminiscing. That good ole Marauder 22

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    plinker
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    This is where the fun started for me. I can’t believe my current gun cost three times this ole gem. Marauder .22 busting some squirrels. Oldie but fun. Scope was an old weaver 22 scope with fixed 4x, but it was still accurate as was the Marauder. 

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    JohnL57
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    I’m not sure I’m going to take the next step-my .22 Marauder is detuned for a 2100 psi fill making it very scuba tank friendly and at 20 FPE it’s a tack driver out to 65-75 yards. I am balking at the cost of a CF tank and higher end gun. Of course, “never say never”, lol!
    John

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    plinker
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    “JohnL57”I’m not sure I’m going to take the next step…. Of course, “never say never”, lol!
    John

    
I’m with you there John. If I had the time and skills to do what you’ve done I might have a decent piggy bank. 🐷 If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Mine was a tack driver also. 

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    EMrider
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    “JohnL57”I’m not sure I’m going to take the next step-my .22 Marauder is detuned for a 2100 psi fill making it very scuba tank friendly and at 20 FPE it’s a tack driver out to 65-75 yards. I am balking at the cost of a CF tank and higher end gun. Of course, “never say never”, lol!
    John

    
Would you mind sharing details on how you tuned your Marauder?

    I just bought a new .22 Marauder for hunting and fill with a hand pump.  A lower pressure setup would be ideal.

    Thanks
    R

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    sharroff
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    Plinker,

    I still have my first air gun from back in 1995 (I grew up on powder burners in the 70’s).  Never could understand why anyone would want an airguns until I moved from where I grew up to my first house in a neighborhood.   She’s a Sheridan C9 series pump up topped off with a Bushnell Banner 3x-7x and weighs  6 pounds w/scope.  7 pumps to send a 11 grain .20 bullet downrange at 700 fps.  You could pump her up to 800 fps, but she shot better at 700.    Dropped back yard chipmunks and squirrels just as dead as my PCPs that are 10x the cost.

    We didn’t have iPhones or digital cameras back in  then so sorry no video :)

     

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    airborne
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    Plinker it is still shooting great… It is a keeper

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    airborne
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    Great video. I like the one who was head first in the feeder. Put  a little red sauce in with the grain. tree rats is what they are………

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    JohnL57
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    “EMrider”

    “JohnL57”I’m not sure I’m going to take the next step-my .22 Marauder is detuned for a 2100 psi fill making it very scuba tank friendly and at 20 FPE it’s a tack driver out to 65-75 yards. I am balking at the cost of a CF tank and higher end gun. Of course, “never say never”, lol!
    John

    
Would you mind sharing details on how you tuned your Marauder?

    I just bought a new .22 Marauder for hunting and fill with a hand pump.  A lower pressure setup would be ideal.

    Thanks
    R

    
Hi, R,
    I bought the gun already set up that way so I don’t really know what was done. It shoots so well I am not going to change anything even to record the settings. Having said that, you adjust fill pressure by reducing hammer energy. You can reduce hammer spring tension and/or the length of the hammer stroke. There’s a lot of tuning info out there-here’s a good forum dedicated to the Marauder.
    http://www.marauderairrifle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=9251&start=10
    Bear in mind tuning takes lots of time, air pellets and patience! You will need a chronograph. Before you start, make sure you record the original settings so you can get it back to stock if you need to! This video explains a little of how the adjustments function.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqPYmHG048
    A word to the wise-when chronographing take care not to shoot the chronograph! It’s easier to do than you might think, I was just at a friend’s trying out his brand new chronograph. I took several shots, then he sat down and promptly killed his just out of the box unit with his first shot!
    John

     

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    Marksman3006
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    Good shooting plinker. Seeing your video makes me wish I still had my Benjamin pump rifle from when I was growing up. Back then iron sights was all I had but I was real good with that .177. I read your post and for the life of me I cant remember what happened to it…..and its only been like 20 years ago. Im 36…….I had that rifle for like 10 years.

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    spikes98
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    Good shooting 

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    plinker
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    Nice gun sharroff! I wish I was better about keepsakes. My dad gave me my first bb gun in India on the mission field. He had packed it for when I was old enough (6). My mom tells me at 4 I told them very seriously that I really needed  a pocketknife. I remember it was a Barlow. When I ran out of bb’s overseas, my dad found ball bearings in the marketplace that would fit. What a Dad! We left that bb gun for a friend over there and they promised me I’d get a new one in the states. I remember you could see the bb in flight it was so slow. It shot sideways, but I didn’t miss because I knew exactly how to compensate for the poi. When I turned 14 my brother as the first male was given a 3 karat mens diamond ring that had been passed down for many generations. I was given my great grandfathers .22lr. My brothers diamond is long gone from a wedding setting and subsequent divorce(ouch), but I still have the .22lr. It changed my life. I still love guns and pocket knives.

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    “JohnL57”

    “EMrider”

    “JohnL57”I’m not sure I’m going to take the next step-my .22 Marauder is detuned for a 2100 psi fill making it very scuba tank friendly and at 20 FPE it’s a tack driver out to 65-75 yards. I am balking at the cost of a CF tank and higher end gun. Of course, “never say never”, lol!
    John

    
Would you mind sharing details on how you tuned your Marauder?

    I just bought a new .22 Marauder for hunting and fill with a hand pump.  A lower pressure setup would be ideal.

    Thanks
    R

    
Hi, R,
    I bought the gun already set up that way so I don’t really know what was done. It shoots so well I am not going to change anything even to record the settings. Having said that, you adjust fill pressure by reducing hammer energy. You can reduce hammer spring tension and/or the length of the hammer stroke. There’s a lot of tuning info out there-here’s a good forum dedicated to the Marauder.
    http://www.marauderairrifle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=9251&start=10
    Bear in mind tuning takes lots of time, air pellets and patience! You will need a chronograph. Before you start, make sure you record the original settings so you can get it back to stock if you need to! This video explains a little of how the adjustments function.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqPYmHG048
    A word to the wise-when chronographing take care not to shoot the chronograph! It’s easier to do than you might think, I was just at a friend’s trying out his brand new chronograph. I took several shots, then he sat down and promptly killed his just out of the box unit with his first shot!
    John

     

    
John, thanks very much for this info.  I do have a crony that has already been knicked by a pellet.

    This seems to be a time intensive process. When I can grab 1-2 hours of crony time I will give your suggestions a try.

    R

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    plinker
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    “airborne”Plinker it is still shooting great… It is a keeper

    
Good to hear that! Glad it’s got a good home. 

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    airborne
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    Yes every time I shoot I take her out for a walk. Very quiet and deadly accurate. I scratch  my head wondering why you gave her up!!, but yes she is taken good care of. I was going to tinker a bit with her but then said why do that when she is shooting so nice. Plus you gave me a great deal…..

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    T3PRanch
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    Plink,

    That .22 is EXACTLY the same as the one I shot as a kid that my Dad shot also as a kid.

    Now I shoot my Great Uncles Pump Winchester .22 that was given to him by my Great Grand Dad.

    Thurmond

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    plinker
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    “T3PRanch”Plink,

    That .22 is EXACTLY the same as the one I shot as a kid that my Dad shot also as a kid.

    Now I shoot my Great Uncles Pump Winchester .22 that was given to him by my Great Grand Dad.

    Thurmond

    
One of these days we are going to find out we are long lost cousins. I wondered why Thurmond was carved on the stock(joking)!
    It is definitely a classic gun and full of memories. Neat to know others grew up with similar experiences!  

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    sharroff
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    Plinker,

    Very nice gun!  I’d post the picture of my first .22 LR (a Winchester Model 69) and my favorite .22 LR (Winchester 52B) but they are at the other house (where I can use them).
    I’m also a fan of quality knives!  Here is my favorite pocket knife, belt knife, and my ‘when all heck breaks loose’ knife :)

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    plinker
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    “sharroff”Plinker,

    Very nice gun!  I’d post the picture of my first .22 LR (a Winchester Model 69) and my favorite .22 LR (Winchester 52B) but they are at the other house (where I can use them).
    I’m also a fan of quality knives!  Here is my favorite pocket knife, belt knife, and my ‘when all heck breaks loose’ knife :)

     

    
I can’t wait to get home a share my knife pics now!😜 To keep things forum kosher, we must mention that we use these knives to open our pellet tins. 😁 Hahaha!

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    sharroff
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    The knife on the far right is the one I use to clean the squirrels my pellet gun gets in the back yard.  The middle is for rabbits and larger game I get in the field with my pellet gun.   If a zombie attacks and I can’t get to my .30 cal pellet gun, I’ll grab the knife on the left :)

     

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    Helimech
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    I bit the bullet and bought a .25 cal Impact. Absolutely love the rifle. I thought my .22 Marauder with a Marmot Militia barrel would be a dust collector, but it isn’t. I don’t use it as often as my Impact now that my Impact is back from repair, but I still pull the Marauder out because it’s so nice to shoot from a rest and with the new barrel, dare I say just as accurate as my Impact up to 30 yards. The Impact is a bit of a pain to shoot from a rest because of the cf tank. It wants to roll around and I have to pay close attention to my level mounted on my scope to prevent cant error. The Marauder sits nice and flat. 

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