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Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby Cutty » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:56 pm

I've heard this one mentiond by a number of "golden era" archers as the Holy Grail of vintage hunting bows. Anyone here ever own one? Shoot one?
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby George D. Stout » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:04 pm

I owned the Mercury Hunter but not the Marauder. The Mercury Marauder was the takedown version of the Mercury Hunter.
It joined in the middle with aluminum knuckles and a steel pin. I would think it would shoot the same as the Huter. They have massive risers and a lot of weight but were sweet shooters. The Marauder is sought after also because they didn't make a lot of them relatively speaking. When they show up on Ebay they bring anywhere from $250.00 to $350.00 depending on the condition.
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby KODIAK » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:06 pm

I don't own one but wish I did.
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby KODIAK » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:07 pm

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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby Jett » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:28 pm

I've been trying to get any Pearson take down for a couple of years with no luck.

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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby George D. Stout » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:13 am

There are four on Ebay right now. A Signature...takes down in the middle...it was there lower price takedown with wooden riser. A Flame Hunter, the mid 70's metal riser. A 50's model two piece slide-in takedown riser. And, a #304 fiberglass takedown.

Also, a Silencer Takedown just completed the other day but did not make reserve. You can go to Completed Listings and find it by typing Pearson in the search. The Silencer was the mid 70's version of Marblewood (impregnated maple) and took apart like the Marauder. I suppose you could contact the seller and ask him what his reserve was. It only brought 127.50 in bids.
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby Bill Grenoble » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:43 pm

I had a Signature I kept for years. I never liked the bow, it was not a good shooter for me, and sold it about 10 years ago with the case and all for $150.00. Bill
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby George D. Stout » Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:01 pm

The Pearson two piece design was not the most popular at the time. Although convenient, the knuckle set the shelf pretty high above the hand and hunters, in particular, didn't like that all too much. The Signature sold more than the others and there are a good many of those on Ebay nowadays. They normally sell for about what Bill sold his for. I never liked the way they felt in my hand so I never kept any.
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby Jett » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:54 pm

Yeah, I see them all the time now - just a matter of finances at present, LOL! I like the looks of the Signatures (some of them do go pretty high) & I noticed the shelf height above the grip, but I thought they would shoot okay off the shelf with a thin rest. I dunno. I don't like the thick grips on a lot of the Pearson's but I've whittle down a few on some beaters & really liked the results.
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Re: Ben Pearson Mercury Marauder?

Postby George D. Stout » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:11 pm

You can't whittle the Signature grip, that aluminum knuckle's support goes down through the middle of it.
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