Who has the new Marauder Semi Auto and what are your thoughts?
I just got one three weeks ago. I really like this one. I get 50 shots per fill and the accuracy is good if I do my part. I haven't had any problems after about 900 shots. I've only taken two starlings with it one at 40 yrds and one 76 yrds. My only complaint is the clip empty's to fast. The trigger takes some getting used to but its ten times better than the one on the barrage that I had.
I was beginning to wonder if there are issues with this one.
I have one and I like it a lot. I’m not a hunter, mostly paper or steel targets at ranges from 15 to 50 yards. The gun is accurate at all of those. I don’t love the trigger, since it is essentially a long single stage, but I don’t hate it either. It’s OK and I haven’t played with or adjusted it yet. I LOVE the semi-auto action. My biggest complaint is that you can’t get any extra mags for it yet, and it is so easy to shoot that I keep having to reload constantly 😇
Thanks for your info Chrisis!
What are the groups looking like?
What is fave pellet, number shots per fill and fps you are seeing?
Been shooting my semi marauder a lot over the last few weeks. From the bench I can get 1/4 inch groups at 40yrds. It likes 15grn jsb and it does good with polymags and crossman ultramags. took it on a dairy shoot two weeks ago and had a blast with it. After 60 plus shots in a very dusty environment not one jam. No problems after 2000 plus shots .
What kind of power I am only getting about 855 fps with 14.3 pellets. hammer spring preload maxed out
I am expecting Fedex with mine tomorrow. Will let you know. The Hard Air 3-part review was awesome, but those that haven't voiced a opinion please keep posting.
Oct 13, 2020 Update: I was surprised to see Fedex show up on Monday with the package. Although the outer box was penetrated by something the Fedex man assured me that it was doubled boxed and the contents should be ok. Before I could get it in my door he was headed down the driveway. The Semi was actually in three boxes and very well packed. When I finally got the rifle out of the inner box i checked it our pretty throughly and it looked good to me. I read through the owners manual which didn't seem to detailed on troubleshooting. I filled the rifle to 3000 psi and blew a couple shots off to see how it worked which seemed ok without the mag or pellets in it. I have a good supply of JSB Jumbo RS 13.43 gr .22 pellets that I decide to try in it. So I loaded the magazine per their instructions and inserted the magazine into the breech and closed the T-handle like the challengers used. I then installed my scope and setup a Target to shoot at. The first couple shots were fairly low so I took a full revolution of the elevation turret counter clockwise to start zeroing in it at 20 yards. I was getting there when about shot number 8 did not fire. The T-handle was all the way closed so I took another shot and the mag didn't rotate. I pulled back the T-handle but the magazine was stuck in the breech. After continued failed efforts to get the mag out I decided to remove the scope so I could get a better grip on the mag. That didn't help so I decide to make sure the safety was on. Then slide a cleaning rod down the barrel to push the pellet back into the magazine. I felt the rod dislodge the pellet back into the magazine or unjam any pellets. Rigged up a way to hold the T-handle in the rear position while I could try to remove the magazine. The T-handle would not stay back on its own because it is under spring tension. I could not get the mag out but it exhibited some movement. I don't know what that forward assist button is all about but pushing it in didn't help remove the magazine. The only thing other that disassembling the breech block was trying to shear the lead that was holding it from sliding out. So I pulled the cleaning rod out of the barrel and took a 1/2" dowel rod about 6 " long and gently try to tap the side of the magazine to get it out. After a few taps it finally came out with a mangled pellet still in it. I also noticed that the pellet shirt was damaged from the new pellet probe design. The skirts on the JSB RS pellets are pretty thin so I decided to try the Crosman Premier Ultra magnum pellets I had which looked much beefier. Loaded them into the magazine and yes I put the first one in skirt first then turned the mag over and loaded the other 9 head first. Returned the plastic pellet cover back to its start position. I the took a small punch and pushed all 10 out of the magazine to ensure the mag was working alright. Indeed it was but I still encountered the same problem with the pellets jamming over the next two hours. Alas, I called crosman and explained to them my problem. I told the CS rep that I wasn't sure if it was the action or the mag that was causing the problem. So they are sending me a new mag. This morning I tried single loading the premiers and they shot ok single loading BUT the breech oring looked like it may of got chewed up a bit during this wonderful experience. I chronographed the 14.3 grain pellet and it averaged about 800 fps which from the factory specs is about 80 to 100 fps slow. So guess I'm out of action for a while!
Crosman, sent me out a new magazine and it is the same as the one that came with it other than it has a oblong slot that is much bigger than the 360 degree hole of the original. The positive 3-part review that Hard Air Magazine put out mentioned that the new mags for the semi and the regular maruader Mags are not compatible. Called Crosman CS and was told they were compatible. So I tried the 10 shot they sent and didn't have any jam ups, but 6 out of the 10 shots didn't leave the barrel on the first shot attempt. So Friday I sent an e-mail to PYA asking if I could return it. I haven't heard back from them yet.
Update: received a RMA number this am so I guess I'll wait until the bugs get out of them and they shoot the FPS they advertise. 20 to 30 fps is not a big deal but 80 fps on factory setting is.
Mine is cycling fine with the SAM magazine. Old style Mrod magazine sometimes misfeeds zero misfeds on my SAM magazine. I increased tension on original Mrod magazines and the seem to work no misfeeds since that. You need the new magazine with the heavier springs
Hammer preload maxed out. I am disappointed on power level with only 23.5 to 24 FPE with a variety of pellets. ES and SD is also disappointing compared to a HUMA regulator. 855FPS with 14.3 Gr they claim up to 950 FPS on box. Cannot get near that even with JSB 13.43 gr.
My hammer preload from factory was 1.5 turns from full in at about 830 FPS 14.3.gr
My F1 Chrony was old I bought a Caldwell G2 readings were with 10 FPS could be difference of moving each to in front f pellet trap.
I emailed Midway and Crosman. If Crosman's new leadership still has customer service focus they will send a prepaid call tag to sort it out, If not I am sure Midway will for a refund
Midway is awesome, even if they know it's Crosman's problem, they'll probably handle it anyway.
I haz a question.
Does the semi auto model fit in the Gen 1 stock?
I have one of those Ukrainian bullpup stocks, purchased without realizing that bolt-pups are... meh... awkward.
Only if you have wood working skills to move gauge position and trigger groups slot I have a spare gen one I looked at that. The new stock adjustable why go backward. I wanna see a picture of the Crosman regulator and plenum size after regulator
Thank you for looking into it.
Why? That's a good question.
Just got my new Marauder. Was very excited to get my scope on, and dialed in. Just a note on mags. I ordered 2 extras from Crosman on Tuesday, and got them in Hawaii today. I got my rifle sighted quickly, but I’m having constant problems with the magazines cycling properly. I had to re-activate the bolt numerous times. I’ll try one of my new mags tomorrow. My rifle is dead-on accurate to 50 yards. Can’t wait to solve the feeding issue.
Guess I have to wait till the Gen2 version becomes available...
@critter99 Sorry to hear that you are having problems with your new (sam).I have over 3000 pellets and slugs through mine with no problems.I have it setup to shoot 14.3 grain crossmans at 900fps.I hate to say it but it sounds like you have a lemon.If it were me I would send it back.
Thank you Lbeak, for commenting with specific information.
What sort of slugs? Weight? FPS?
I don't have one of these personally, but I do know some semi-auto pcp magazines sometimes need the cover plate screw loosened slightly so that your able to slide a piece of paper between the case and cover before they can cycle cleanly. If they're really tight it might be causing some of your issues. Just something simple that you might be able to try that isn't destructive. My Artemis M30 needed that tweak on its magazine even as a bolt action since it was ratcheted down way too tight and was jamming up the cycling with almost any type of pellet.