In 2013 and 1013 I shot a .25 Marauder at Extreme Benchrest. Last November know Marauders can be modified into more consistent air rifles, but I didn’t want to get into that quest. Wandering the desert, like Coronado searching for the lost cities of gold, to get that magic group clustered on the ten ring.
So, I bought a .25 Daystate Air Ranger.
“Oh, You are going to buy your score by splashing out a lot of cash of that super air rifle”.
Even the super gun shooters have to shoot their own scores. Just think about the number of high quality air rifles sold each year and then at the number of folks that actually shoot in competition. It is the singer not the song.
I bought a Daystate Air Ranger in .25 caliber. I think .25 has good ballistics for long range and it is not as costly to shoot in terms of pellet and air as a .30. Also Daystate is a step up in the gee whizz factor and if you were to say that I was gratifying my consumer side, I would say, “guilty as charged”.
BUT an Air Ranger costs as much as three Marauders. Is that much money going to shoot that much better? I guess we'll just have to find out Between now and the middle of November when I go back to Arizona and shoot in the Extreme Benchrest tournament.
“Ron what about your two Marauders? You got a grand tied up in those two guns. Are they going to sit on the shelf?”
No, one is going to be the baseline for comparison with the Air Ranger.; The more accurate one of course. The other might get a .22 barrel for the 25 meter benchrest match, or it might be traded away. That all remains to be seen.
.25 Kodiak Match 31 gr
54.8 foot pounds
Goal: 20 shots, 2% extreme spread, average 880 fps
That is a conservative goal especially since you wasted air between shot 10 and 11.