Last Fall, I switched from shooting lead pellets in my .22 caliber Marauder, to shooting DYNAMIC PCP-2 tin pellets. I knew how effective these tin pellets were on ground squirrels in California, but I wanted to see how they would perform on the big Abert's tree squirrels here in Arizona.
At the time I made the switch, I didn't bother to set up the chronograph and get a velocity on the PCP-2's, I simply sighted in with them and went hunting. Based on the fact that the rifle was launching the heavier 18 grain JSB's at an average of 867 fps, I expected that the 14.5 grain PCP-2's would be launching in the low 900 fps range somewhere.
Yesterday, I set up the chrono and ran a few 30 shot strings, just to see what the gun, pellet combo were doing.
Gun: BENJAMIN MARAUDER
Fill Pressure: 3000 psi
Pellet: DYNAMIC 14.5 grn, PCP-2 Tin, 5.54mm head dia.
Hi - 926 fps
Lo - 907 fps
Avg. - 916 fps
ES - 19 fps
FPE - 27
Shots - 30
The gun and pellets performed really well on the big Abert's tree squirrels during last Fall's hunting season. I'm looking forward to hunting ground squirrels with this combo in California this spring. This will be the first time I will have had an opportunity to use the Marauder for hunting California Ground Squirrels. As usual, I'll have a video camera mounted on the rifle scope to capture each shot.
The following pictures show the accuracy of the DYNAMIC PCP-2 tin pellets when shot from my Mac1 Prepped Marauder. These groups were shot from over the hood of my 4Runner, just before heading out on a hunt. There was almost no wind.
Abert's squirrel taken with my Marauder and PCP-2 tin pellet.