Traditions Buck Hunter Pro Pistol


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Wwalstrom
May 23, 2006, 10:40 AM
Anyone have one of these? I'm looking at two different versions right now ... one is blued/wood, and the other is stainless/synthetic. I'm curious as to how accurate they are, and also as to ease of takedown/dissasembly for cleaning and maintenance. The prices are "right" ... brand new in the box at my favorite local "candy store", $160 for the blued, $200 for the stainless.
I tried downloading the owner's manual from www.traditionsfirearms.com, but it only seems to reference the Buck Hunter Rifle.

Any and all input appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Chawbaccer
May 23, 2006, 03:20 PM
I have one, twelve inch barrel, blued, hardwood stock. I put a scope on it and it will easily make two inches at fifty yards, better than that if I pay attention. That is using a prb and fifty grains of 3f Goex. I also have two deer with it, one fell dead the other I had to get in the brush and finish off.
There is one screw on the side that will let the barrel assembly come free of the grip assembly. That screw takes a metric Allen wrench, the breech plug seems to be what they use in inline rifles. It's stainless and uses no 11's, I do't know if there is a primer version available or not. The manual that came with the gun is pretty spare, just assembly, dissambely instructions and regular firearm warnings.

arcticap
May 24, 2006, 02:46 AM
I have the long model with the threaded muzzle brake added in .45 caliber, blued with wood grip. It can be fired without the brake and has a protective thread cover that screws on to replace it. Unfortunately, I haven't fired it yet. The grip fits my med/small hand really well and the trigger pull is just a very little bit gritty, but not too bad at all.
The "stainless" models are nickel plated though. And if they are like the Traditions Deerhunter rifles, the nickel plating goes all of the way down the bore. IMHO, I think the plating may have some affect on performance. I don't want to theorize and erroneously conclude that plating would have a negative effect on ball accuracy. However, the chrome lined barrels of some CF rifles are known to not be quite as accurate as unlined barrels, not that it would even be noticiable out of a pistol.
But I did notice that my son's Deerhunter rifle barrel is easier to clean since the powder residue doesn't seem to adhere to it as much. And with the nickel being more slippery, it might actually be beneficial to sabot accuracy. But I haven't tried those in his Deerhunter yet either though, and even if I did I wouldn't have a very sound basis for making a comparison.
The nickel barrel also might not be as affected as much by powder fouling build up after taking many shots without swabbing.
The barrels are rated for an 80 grain max. powder load but probably couldn't actually utilize that much.
Wwalstrom, what caliber are you interested in? Since I was more interested in target shooting than hunting, I was happy to find a .45 model.
Chawbaccer, did you ever try shooting any conicals or sabots out of it?

Chawbaccer
May 24, 2006, 06:41 AM
I use the TC Maxiballs for hunting, the pattern opens up a little more than a lilttle bit but for a deer they work fine. I will point out that for deer, I have a little spot that a doe walks by from time to time and the max range is about 25 yards.

Wwalstrom
May 24, 2006, 07:35 AM
Stopped by my "candy store" on the way home from work yesterday.
Both Buck Hunter Pro Pistols are 50 caliber and have 9-1/2 inch barrels.
The "stainless" synthetic model has a 1:20 twist, and the blued one has a 1:28 twist (odd imo). Both are actually priced the same at $189.95. After checking online, this seems to be a VERY GOOD price ... anywhere from $60 to $90 cheaper than what I've found.
This place also has a Traditions/Pietta 1858 Remington in SST for $199.95 that's been taunting me for some time.

arcticap
May 25, 2006, 12:41 AM
My .45 was made in 2002 and it has a 1 in 20" twist barrel. It's listed as being available in nickel only in the online catalog.

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rebel16
May 25, 2006, 09:08 PM
Try getting leather for it! Wound up making my own. I've shot sabots, REALs 320 gr and roundball. Sabots gum up the rifling after a few rounds; REALs give you a significant push and roundball is fun all day long. I carry with roundball as a followup hunting.

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