T/C Buckeye Hunter Carbine?


January 10, 2006, 10:34 PM
I own a Thompson Center Buckeye Hunter carbine muzzleloader, .50 caliber. It is one of a 250 gun run, I believe. What would this be worth in very good to excellent condition?


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January 10, 2007, 10:24 PM
I own # 73 in this run as well - did you ever find any info out on this?

January 11, 2007, 03:59 AM
Could you describe it or post a picture? What are some of its features (shape of stock, barrel), anything about it stand out as being special or different?

January 12, 2007, 07:30 AM
I'll try - its a neat little muzzleloader. CapLock, traditional look and sights, but it has a very short octagonal barrel. I believe the stock is walnut but not sure. ON the left side of the barrel it has a black powder or pyrodex warning, the letters JSG and the serial ; "Buckeye Hunter" in script on top. On right side of the barrel it had T/C name and address, along w/ 50 CAL

I got mine as a gift in the early 90's. I believe it had been purchased from a gunsmith that had spec'd the gun and had TC handle the run, but not positive about this. I've lost track of the guy I bought it from but he was a significant collector, and sold this to my wife as a neat gift. I believe the guns were built in the mid to late 80's.

Thanks for any feedback!

February 13, 2010, 08:10 PM
I own a t/c buckeye hunter also with the serial # 00391, so I don't think the run was limited to 250. It was a raffle prize and has never been fired. It really is a cool looking muzzleloader but sure would like to get a value on it also.

February 14, 2010, 12:07 AM
Because it has a short barrel and it's not much different than the TC Treehawk or the Traditions Buckskinner, IMO I don't think that it would be worth much more than $200 and maybe a little less.
The other posters that have sold or bought one can be PM'd to ask about the value of theirs.

I was told this was a special run of 500 for a company in Ohio. There was another model "buckeye hunter" with 20 inch hex. barrel. I am no authority on BP so I am not sure. I just thought I would throw that in.....Dean


I found number 00011 of these unique rifles at Wanamacher's gun show in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in the early 90s. Being a Buckeye and a T/C enthusiast, I had to have it. Have never seen another one even mentioned until I looked in the archives on this website. Apparently there is not alot of knowledge out there on this model so I will share what I know and have heard. Any confirmation or additional info would be appreciated. I was told this was a limited run (250?) that was only sold through the Shotgun News. In front of the serial number there are the initials "JSG" diagonally inscribed on the 20 inch octagonal barrel. In the 1970s and 1980s, I used to frequent a wholesale/retail gunshop somewhere in southern Ohio (Wilmington, Cedarville?) that I think had those initials. Can't recall it or find it now. The rifle has a Renegade stock, rear T/C peep site, single trigger and sling swivels. I was thinking about putting mine out on gunbroker.com with a real high reserve just to generate some conversation.


February 15, 2010, 12:07 AM
I've got 00240 and the strange thing is that it has a round barrel. Great little brush gun. I changed the nipple to musket cap.

Richard E Harris
December 10, 2012, 11:11 AM
Just found this forum, while looking for info on the TC Buckeye Hunter.

I have serial number JSG 00061. I saw the initial run advertised in the Shotgun News back in 1989, reserved for FFl holders only. The initial run was for 100 guns. I purchased it from JSG Distrubtors in Ohio (hence the name Buckeye).

"JSG" in the serial number were the company initials. JSG collaborated with Thompson Center in the design of the gun and it was originally sold "only" to the first 100 FFL's that placed an order. Some time later, the production was increased to 500 guns, because of over whelming popularity. After that initial run, TC manufactured it for other distributors with some changes to the gun, barrel style, name, etc.

The original guns had 20 inch, hexagon barrels, were percussion locks, had a single trigger with a large trigger guard for use with hunting gloves, had a front blade bead sight which was florescent white, and a rear adjustable peep sight. They were engraved in bold script on top of the barrel, "Buckeye Hunter". Just ahead of that engraving on the top of the barrel, there were threaded holes with fill screws for mounting a scope.

I bought this gun for my son when he was 12 years old so he could deer hunt with me during muzzle loading season. It turned out to be a fantastic little tree stand gun, as it was short and very manueverable from a tree stand. It had only slightly more drop at 100 yds. than my TC .45 Hawkin Rifle. I still use it today, especially when hunting brushy thickets during the ML season in Indiana.

By the way, this gun was originally designed to be most accurate at 90 grns of Pyrodex powder, using a TC maxiball.

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