I bought my .25 cal Marauder in April of 2010. That's five and a half years ago, and this gun continues to impress me. When it comes to PCP rifles, it has to be a best buy. I paid around $400 bucks for it back then. Trouble free, and as accurate as guns that I have paid three and four times more for.
I'm fortunate to own a nice collection of high dollar euroguns, that shoot lights out, but my .25 cal Marauder, in the accuracy department, doesn't take a back seat to any of them.
Below, is a picture of the final sight-in target, when I was setting her up to hunt prairie dogs with, for the first time, in June of 2010. Man, was I excited about this purchase, or what.
The past couple of weeks, I've been playing around with a new stock for her. I picked up one of the new Boyds Varmint Thumbhole, pepper laminate stocks to try on it. I've been running a Center Point 4-16x56mm scope, in high rings on this gun, and right out of the gate, I could see that, that would not fly when using this stock.
I'll get into more detail about the problem in a future blog post, but for now, let's just say that an extremely low comb, equals no cheek weld.
To get the stock at least useable, I knew I was going to have to go to a scope with a 40mm objective lens, one inch tube, and sitting in medium height rings. Because the Marauder magazine protrudes above the top of the receiver, by quite a bit, trying to use medium height rings, also presents a challenge. My scope of choice was a 25 year old Leupold, fixed 12 power, with a fine duplex crosshair. To make the gun shootable, I had to modify a magazine, by removing material from the top of it, so it would slide fully into the mag slot in the receiver, without hitting the scope's turret housing. I still can't get a cheek weld, but at least I can now get a chin weld.
I recently sorted a couple of tins of the JSB, 25.4 grain King pellets, by head size, and then by weight. I decided to sight the gun in using some of those. It launches them at an average of 883 fps at the muzzle, with an extreme spread of 19 fps, for a muzzle energy of 44 fpe, for 16 shots.
I've had the Leupold scope on this rifle before, and the last time I took it off, rather than remove the rings from the scope, I just loosened the clamping screws, and slid the scope and rings off of the receiver as a single unit. Putting it back on was easy, I just slid the scope and rings back into the receiver grooves, and tightened down the the clamping screws. I headed out into the forest, and set up my usual array of gear to get her sighted in at 50 yards.
When I put it on paper, I expected the POI to be close, but I was surprised to see just how close it turned out to be. Shooting over wind flags, I shot three five shot groups. The target below shows the results. I started on the half inch orange dot on the right. The group was a bit right, and higher than I wanted, so making a couple of scope adjustments, I then shot the group in the middle. To make sure that, that wasn't a fluke, I then shot the group on the left. They are all half inch or better. She really likes sorted JSB Kings.
It's hard to beat accuracy like that, I don't care what brand of gun you're shooting, or how much it cost. Come spring time, I'm going to turn her loose in the prairie dog towns again. Here's a look at the left side, with the Boyds stock. She's an impressive gun, at a great price.
Until next time, thanks for reading.