At a recent field trip to Trenier Outdoors, we were able to get some trigger time in on the Western Big Bored Bushbuck .45. The rifle we shot was the grey laminate variant with the sportster stock. We were unable to do a full review of this amazing rifle, however we were able to toss some lead down range, as well as talk with Larry Piercy from Precision Airguns a bit about this monster of an airgun.
The details of the Bushbuck .45
- Length: 50″
- Weight: 10.5lbs (without scope)
- Air Capacity: 285cc
- Fill Pressure: 4500PSI
- FPE: 600fpe+
- Adjustable Cheek riser
- Laminate or Walnut engraved stock
- Made in the USA
- MSRP: $1900-$2100
This is one LONG airgun. Coming in at over FOUR FEET in length, and well over 12lbs with a scope on it, this is not a rifle you’ll want to shoot offhand if you can help it. To compare to the dimensions of the Airforce Texan, this rifle comes in at about the same length, however it is roughly 2.5lbs heavier.
We shot the Bushbuck .45 at a target plate roughly 100 yards out on a very windy October morning. Accuracy and shot consistency were very acceptable for a big bore air rifle. (Here I have to take a moment to share that I am by no means an experienced big bore marksman, so keep that in mind) I was able to get a group that was under 2″ center to center on two shots at full power with a .457 dia, 425 grain, lead bullet which had been swagged down to .452 inches. In talking with others online who have had the opportunity to shoot the Bushbuck .45, it is not unheard of to get 100 yard five shot groups under 1.5″ center to center with some practice.
A little history behind the Bushbuck
As hard as it may be for some to believe, it has not really been until the second half of 2015 that we’ve seen a wide variety of big bore production airguns on the market. Prior to this year, the market was dominated by a few Korean models as well as a limited number of boutique rifles (ie: Quackenbush, Extreme Hunter Big Bore Air Rifles, etc.) . Kip Perow of Airguns of Arizona and Airguns Only Adventures worked with a USA Based manufacturer of big bore airguns to refine one of their product lines into what is now sold and marketed as the Western Big Bores Bushbuck 45. The end result is a rifle capable of blowing past 600fpe out of the box.
Innovative Power Adjusting
The Bushbuck .45 features an innovative two stage cocking mechanism. The first stage provides you with enough space to load a 250 grain .45 slug. In this setup, you’ll get roughly four 400fpe+ shots per fill out of the rifle. If you need more power, the second stage of the cocking mechanism will allow you to put in larger projectiles, such as the 425 grain lead bullet mentioned earlier. In this configuration, you can expect two full power shots per fill, but you will be smashing through over 600fpe of energy while doing so.
Great Bigbore, or tired big snore?
Summing up the Western Bigbore Bushbuck .45 is a difficult thing to do. The machining on the rifle is gorgeous. It is a solidly built and innovative air gun. It is also aimed at the premium airgun market, a market currently dominated by FX, Daystate and other big players. This is unfortunate, as I believe at this point, the comparison we’ll see most is to that of the Airforce Texan.
The Bushbuck .45 is a joy to shoot, and for a big bore air rifle, it does fill a niche, especially for those seeking a more traditional look and feel as far as air rifles go. Western Bigbores has really hit it out of the part for the first production quality air rifle. I believe as the company becomes more established and continues to improve upon and expand on their product line, that they will begin to see more success as well as industry recognition.
A big thanks to Trenier Outdoors
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