Prostaffer John Klosenski, known as "John K" to those who seek his advice on all things shooting, is an avid airgunner and helps many farmers in his area with their pest control needs.
"In my business I frequently get approached by customers looking for an air gun to take care of a pest problem. Mostly it is "squirrels in the bird feeder, or crows in the garden". Sometimes there are concerns as a lot of residential areas require little or no noise. This is where the Marauder comes in.
I like the Marauder for "backyard" applications due to the accuracy, power, and lack of noise.
Forget about 1600fps with a .177 alloy pellet. That is just a lot of hype. If you want to get the job done, get a .22 or .25 caliber Marauder and a good Centerpoint scope and go to the range.... which could be right out your back door. It is that quiet.
I like the .22 caliber for calm days and with the .22 caliber Crosman Premier pellets sighted 1" high at 20 yards, I can make hits out to 65 yards and drop crows in their track. Try that with an "alloy" pellet out of a competitor's gun. Sure, alloy pellets have their place, but Crosman Premier dome shaped pellets hold their velocity and buck the wind much better than lightweight pellets.
I tell my customers to take some time and get to know the gun. I put a chart on the top of my scope showing where the gun is sighted and what the drop is out to say 85 yards. I do this on a calm day with a good rest. The mil dot reticle in the Centerpoint goes a long way in taking the guess work out of holdover. Shoot at a large target and note where the pellets strike at the longer distances. I use a laser rangefinder to get accurate distances so if I am at a farm with for example, a crow problem, I can apply my tables to the field. If you are shooting in your yard, you can make note of the various distances in relation to the mil dots. "Dead on to the bird feeder and one mil dot high to the back of the lawn", something like that.
Once you shoot the Marauder, you will be hooked. It is by far, one of the best small game rifles out there."
The Backyard Hunter Pack includes:
- Benjamin Marauder .22 air rifle with wood stock
- Ultimate Hunting Pellets Assortment (400 rounds)
- Extra pellet magazine
- CenterPoint Adventure Class 3-9x50 mm scope with mounts
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- Technical Specs
SKU PROPICK036 Caliber .22 Powerplant PCP Lead Pellet Velocity 1000 Alloy Pellet Velocity No Steel BB Velocity No Action Bolt Action Length No Product Weight 8.20 Air Reservoir 3000 psi Barrel Material Steel Rifled Barrel Yes Barrel Type No Buttpad Rubber Camo Pattern No Checkering Yes Cocking Effort No FPE $31.72 Foot Pounds of Energy (FPE) No Joules No Front Sight No Rear Sight No Material Wood Magazine 10 Shot Mounting Rail Dovetail Noise Suppression No Trigger No Stock Style No Included Optics No Sling Mounts Included No Sling Mount Type No Stock Material Wood Safety Lever Rings included? Dovetail
- Predator Hunting
- Varmint Hunting
- Pest Control
- Small Game Hunting
- Target Shooting