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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Gold E, Nov 21, 2008.

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  1. Gold E

    Gold E TS Member

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    I’m seriously looking into one or the other.

    Which would you choose and why. (Please be specific)
     
  2. j2jake

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    As a former Rad II shooter I believe the Bumpbuster has a comb that does not move when the gun recoils. That is a plus if I were to do it again. Jake
     
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  3. Pocatello

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    I had Ken Rucker put a Rad II on my 682 before he developed his Bumpbuster, and a Bumpbuster on my Alfermann when I bought it. Both are fine units and work well to reduce recoil. I don't have hard reasons to prefer one over the other, but a call to Ken would certainly get you a detailed discussion of the similarities and differences. His number is 903-815-6535.

    Whatever you decide you would have a hard time finding anyone better to install either.
     
  4. BDodd

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    And, I'll say that anything Pocatello or Ruck says you can put in the bank.....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  5. buttermilk

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    Gold E:

    I have one of each - a RAD II and a Bump Buster.

    Tom Larkin installed the RAD on my single barrel five or six years ago. Ken Rucker put the Bump Buster on my doubles gun at this year's Grand. Both of these gentlemen do top notch work and both units work well.

    If I were to install another reducer tomorrow, it would be another Bump Buster. There are two reasons.

    1. The length of pull adjustment on the RAD is limited to 1/8" incremental steps. Changes are made by tightening steel set screws into shallow holes in the RAD's aluminum body. Over time, I have done some damage to the adjustment holes. I have seen other RAD's with similar or worse damage.

    The LOP adjustment on the Bump Buster is much finer and IMHO more durable.

    2. Both units allow the recoil pad to be adjusted up, down, left or right. The Bump Buster's pad adjuster is by far easier to work with.

    I'm not sure I understand Jake's comment. A moving comb isn't part the installation on my RAD or my Bump Buster.

    Buttermilk
     
  6. Dove Commander

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    I believe Ruck now offers a unit similiar to a soft touch, where the comb moves with the butt pad. Don't know cost.
     
  7. j2jake

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    Actually the pad does not move when the gun recoils. The RAD allows the gun to recoil rearward, the draw back is the comb travels rearward moving against the face. I understand Ruck designed the BB so the comb stayed stationary during recoil thus eliminating the rub on the cheek. Similar to the Soft Touch and the PFS. Jake
     
  8. buttermilk

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    Gold E:

    You can find good information on their respective websites. Search "Bump Buster" and "RAD recoil".

    Ken Rucker is very good to work with and will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Before he created the Bump Buster, Ruck was the largest installer of RAD reducers in the country. He can tell you anything about either unit.

    Jim
     
  9. ec90t

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    Jake,

    Ken offers his Bump-Buster both ways. You can have it as a standard recoil system, or hooked into the comb. Just another way Ken's system is head and shoulders above what's out there.

    ec90t
     
  10. Ruck

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    A few answers.....I developed the Bump-Buster after having installed some 750 or so RAD units. The Bump-Buster is a more robust design, is a little lighter in weight and has improved hydraulics over the RAD. The adjustments are positive and much more user friendly. The hydraulic cylinders I use are made by the same people who provide recoil reduction systems to the US Military for machine gun applications. It has the shortest stroke of ANY recoil reduction system available today. It comes in both a shotgun model and a rifle model ( higher pressure hydraulics to tame the nastiest calibers made). The rifle model is being field tested on a .50 BMG sniper rifle by a US Military supplier as this is written. Being in Texas, I do recoil systems on a lot of sporting clays and live bird guns. The RAD systems have not proven to be very durable where heavy loads are the norm, in my experience. The Bump-Buster takes them in stride. I povide a life time guaranty with my Bump-Buster as opposed to the 3 years that RAD offers. The Bump-Buster also comes in a variety of powder coated colors.

    Coming soon will be the SOB ( Son Of a Bump-Buster) model specifically designed for semi-auto applications where all the other recoil systems available at present won't fit due to the limited amount of room in the stock. You 1100, SuperX and Beretta auto guys get ready!!!!

    Ken Rucker
     
  11. EuroJoe

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    I've got a Soft-Touch on a Beretta 390/391 RL Parallel comb stock, short LOP, under 14". Works fine. Mo can do it!
     
  12. Ruck

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    Not sure where goose is getting his pricing, but a fully adjustable Bump-Buster installed is $25 cheaper than I used to charge to install a RAD 2. I know what most of the RAD dealers charge and we are all within a few dollars of each other. I didn't see anyone's prices going down at the Grand this year and we were all there. I believe you'll find my pricing to be competitive. Thanks!!

    Ken
     
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  13. Gold E

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    Thanks for the input!
     
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    Gold E, another option would be a Clyde Slyde by Clyde Cameron. Dan Thome told me about this when I was looking last year. 1st class workmanship, works great, comb doesn't move and priced very reasonable. Last year it was $300.00 total including return shipping using my pad adjuster. Clyde's phone is 208/746-4486.
    Clyde Cameron
    1431 Hemlock Ave
    Lewiston, Id. 83501<br>
    ckcameron@syringa.net<br>
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  15. Gold E

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    Just to follow up…I had Greg Hissem install a RAD II on a 680 Cole Custom I recently gave myself for being good this year.

    Thanks to everyone for the input; not an easy choice since both appear to be good units. Perhaps I’ll try Rucker’s BB on something in the future.
     
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