I'm looking to lighten the Marauder. I've read the posts that say there are only ounces, not pounds, to be saved by lightening the stock. One reply said the heaviest part is the reservoir. So I was wondering if anyone has shortened the reservoir. It looks like by also shortening the forearm somewhat you could take off about 1/3 of the total length of the reservoir without changing the functionality of the rifle. Go from 215 cc to 130 cc capacity, for example, so about twice the volume the Marauder pistol provides.
I assume the pistol and rifle reservoirs are not interchangeable.
Is the reservoir made of steel? Does anyone know the weight of the tube alone (minus the internals)?
If I could drop 8 oz that way, it could be a good tradeoff. I really don't want a 9 lb. squirrel rifle:-)
A competent machinist (pro or am) should be able to part off the unwanted section....
September 15 2011, 2:58 PM
...of tube and cut new threads for the front plug. The most time consuming part would probably disasembly/reassembly of the rifle.
To find someone, why not post a WTB ad in the Classifieds? $50 should cover it if you send just the already denuded tube. If you got no acceptable takers, you could always boost the number and try again.
Or perhaps take the info to help you decide you like the stock weight after all.
This message has been edited by pneuguy on Sep 15, 2011 3:00 PM
My primitive brain has been wanting a lighter Marauder as well, for a special project. Have a Greg Davis .25 with the tube extension and its a cannon. Postal scale said its close to 7lbs no scope. Not the preferred one to grab on late-night pest control jobs.
Some chop off the barrel would also lighten it up.
Didn't realize that you can get someone to chop tube for $50. So lets assume its another $50 to chop a barrel down. Plus postage both ways, if the guy isn't in your town.
In the end its a cost-benefit analysis. You are in 450 for gun, then on the low-end it costs another 140 (if you're lucky) to shed a pound or two. But then you also have to add a safety premium. I spoke with a new local gunsmith that is willing to work on air rifles. I know from just one conversation he's not going to just chop and rethread a tube for you without spending the extra time ($) to make sure its safe. At a base rate of $40/extra hour. That's before any "tune" work, like trigger, power, accuracy.
$150 may be a reasonable cost to get the rifle you want, but it could add up to much higher. For me it may still be worth it, I just have to work more.
And here's something for those that preach that you have like to shoot somebody else's gun - Don't take the fun out of our sport.
i see your delema! it would be a good idea but you will loose
September 15 2011, 1:50 PM
shot count by shortening the cylinder. if a regulator is installed then you would get the shot count back up. however, there is the weight of the regulator you have to think about.
the cylinder is made of steel. one way to lighten it might be to go with a synthetic skeleton stock. another way is to take off the barrel shroud and internal baffle. but then you loose the the low db the Marauder rifle has. one of the best imo on the market.
the pistol and rifle cylinders are different.
what i enjoy about a heavy rifle is the fact that it is very stable.
considering the marauder a squirrel gun is a little conservative. instead of paying somebody to cut the reservoir off to save weight, mod the valve and hammer and hammer spring and you can take out that pesky 80lb squirrel that lives in the cave. my marauder gets an average of 64 ftlbs with 43 grain eun jins for about 15 shots. if you just want a light gun buy a disco. mutilating a fine American airgun just doesn't make since to me.
my gun weighs 11 lbs 2ozs and i wouldn't shed any of it.
Light weight, same shot count or more and regulated. Try a p-rod with a m-rod barrel and a 13ci/3000psi bottle. It's a lot lighter and the bottle holds just as much air m-rod reservoir + the p-rod reservoir.
I currently run this. I did it at first to see if it would work. I would have to get back to you on fps with this setup.
I found your photo of your setup. I like it, thanks. Did you think about turning the bottle the other way, connecting it to the fill nipple on the tube? With a tube/bottle clamp,you could use the bottle as a forearm. Maybe the stock pressure gauge would work where it is, not that that matters much.
I thought about putting the tank there but it didnt seem as clean it when I thought about it. Also it would be a little front heavy. Right now I do use the tank as a forearm. I think I hold on to the mid to end of the tank.
The Marauder is on it's way, and then the tube is off to a kind tuner who will shorten it for me. I've photoshopped a stock Marauder to have a shorter tube and shaved stock, and I think there will be no problems with appearance. I'd rather not post the photoshop hack, and wait instead until I have the final product in hand.
Have you thought about using a Disco and adding a multi-breech? AoA had them I believe. So did Sergio here if he still has some and those are just a little bit cheaper.. With a 3 screw trigger mod the trigger is nice. Not as good as a marauder but nice and totally acceptable to me. Add a power adjuster and you can get about 925 - 975 fps with 14.3 gr chps.
If you are into astehics, then add $250 to ???? and put a custom stock on the disco!
Then.....who needs a marauder?
OR you could put out about $1400 and buy a brand spanking new FS Cyclone from AoA and have the ULTIMATE repeating air rifle!
Really wish I could afford the FX Cyclone, but on my budget, the modded Disco it is! And until I come into a little more money, it will have the factory stock!
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