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New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5" Field....

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Sep 6, 2010.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Buckmark 5.5" Field

    I've been looking for a rimfire handgun for use as a suppressor host. It had to be able to have the muzzle threaded, and had to be able to take a red dot sight, possibly a scope. And I wanted decent accuracy for hunting purposes.

    Browning makes a Buckmark called the Whisper, which is basically their camper model with a threaded barrel. While it is possible to put a red dot sight on it, it cannot be scoped, unless a grip type scope mount is used.

    Went with a Buckmark 5.5" Field, which is basically the 5.5" target model with a ramp front sight instead of the thin silhouette sight, and it lacks the sight shade hoods. It has a full length Weaver style scope mount, so even a handgun scope can be installed. This model comes with Cocobolo grips, which appear to be laminated. They look nice, and feel good, though they're on the slick side.

    The sights are more for backup in case of a problem with optics. The 5.5" barrel is probably the longest possible for making sure cheap high velocity ammo does not go supersonic. This is why I wasn't interested in finding the varmint or silhouette versions with their almost 10" barrels. Both have been discontinued anyway, though a used silhouette model was at the gun shop.

    The trigger pull was very nice. Not as light as my Model 41 S&W, but close. It was surprisingly crisper, and had no creep. One of the better semi-auto triggers I've come across in quite a while. Note that the target models have different springs and a trigger stop, unlike the regular models.

    Accuracy was quite decent. I shot it as well as my Model 41. It's not easy for me to shoot iron sighted handguns anymore. At 50 my eyes aren't the same as when I was in my 20s. I'm farsighted now. I can see individual leaves on trees a quarter mile away, but I can't see the sights on a handgun. They're a blur. I have to wear glasses. Even so, I was hitting our targets out to 75 yards, though not as consistently as I could years ago.

    The Buckmark also cycled all ammo almost flawless right out of the box (after the preservative in the bore was cleaned, of course). This included Remington and CCI Subsonics, as well as my favorite CCI SGB (Small Game Bullet). The cheap Remington had a lot of misfires. But this happened with every gun we put them in, and we had about a dozen handguns and rifles. Just lousy ammo.

    I had removed my EOTech 552 from my AR15 when I scoped it. Took it along to try on the Buckmark, since I want to put some sort of optics on it. What a huge difference in accuracy. First, and this is the amazing part, the 552 turned out to be dead nuts on. Didn't have to make any adjustments. I've never had that happen before when transferring optics between guns. The 1 MOA dot made it almost a cinch to hit targets. Drawback is how bulky the sight is on a handgun. I wish EOTech made a true miniature version of it. I'm definitely going to put some sort of optics on the gun. Don't know yet if that will be a handgun scope or a red dot. Problem with red dots is that very few are made with a 1 MOA dot. I don't want a 4 MOA dot or larger. That means the dot is 3" at 75 yards, which is typical hunting range for me. I may wind up installing a 2x scope.

    The matte finish is nice to prevent glare in the field, but, it's going to get scratched pretty easily. A satin brushed blue finish would probably be more durable, but it is what it is.

    Drawbacks. I don't care for the gold trigger. Might get another and refinish it black. Not a big deal. The safety is not the easiest to apply with the thumb of the shooting hand. Fortunately it is easy to disengage, but not excessively so. It is not the easiest to clean. There is no way to clean the barrel from the breech end without removing it from the gun. I may make a custom bore guide. The slide cannot be removed for cleaning without removing the scope rail assembly (ditto for the rear sight assembly on the standard models). I do not know yet how often this will need to be done. But, with a suppressor, more crap is going to get blown into the action.

    Pluses. Accuracy, good ergonomics, good trigger, decent sights, reliable feeding, and the price is quite reasonable. I feel it is superior to the Ruger Mk II and III, and while it is certainly no S&W Model 41, it is the next best thing if someone can't pony up the $1200 for one. I wish I had bought one of these a couple of decades ago. Also, Browning makes the Buckmark in a very wide selection. There's something to appeal to nearly everyone.

    I can't wait to get this set up and dialed in for varmint season next year.
     
  2. JTEA

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    I handled one in a store and was very impressed with the grip, action etc. Got a "Camper" version in stainless with bull barrel and fiber optic front sight. Flawless with CCI hollow points and a type of bulk Federal lead bullet in a white box with a little blue writing on it. The UDX grip is great. I use it at times for inexpensive steel plate shooting.


    http://www.steelshooters.com/index.php/Main_Page


    JT
     
  3. Leo

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    I bought a camper, they are nice pistols, accurate, reliable.
     
  4. short shucker

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    I've got a S&W 22a that absolutely shoots lights out. Cheap fun and deadly to those critters at close range.

    Those Buckmarks also shoot very well. Nice gun Brian.

    ss
     
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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    Well, mine is not near as nice as that new Browning. I've had this pistol since i was about 14yrs old. My dad dropped this sucker in the creek while running our traps one morning and we recovered it two days later with a magnet on a rope. It will feed any darn ammo you can feed to it and is a pretty darn accurate pistol. This is maybe the one gun i just couldn't part with for anything.---Matt
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  6. Catpower

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    I've got a Buckmark,it's been a real good pistol, and have shot it alot, with very few problems

    One thing I will caution you about though while cleaning be a little careful with the shell extractor, on night I was trying to get some dirt off the front of the bolt and kinda caught the extractor, and pulled it a little too far, it went past dead center, and it all flew apart

    The good part was I found all the parts


    The bad thing was as I was putting it back together, a gust of wind came along and blew the little spring off the table that I was working on, spent a couple hours looking for it, drug magnets and all, it just vanished


    But for $1.99 for the spring at Brownell's and $5.99 shipping it was like new
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    grntitan, I learned to shoot handguns with a Hi-Standard Dura-Matic identical to the one you've shown. For those who don't know, the knob on the underside of the frame, ahead of the trigger guard, holds the barrel in place. This allows quick change of the barrel. My friend had both a 4" and a 6" barrel. And yeah, it sure wasn't picky about ammo. Accuracy was not great. Out to 25 yards it was OK, but at 50 yards it was a most unlucky squirrel that succumbed to it.
     
  8. Luckyman

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    I own a Buckmark carbine with a Bull Barrel and Red Dot scope....Sweetest shooting .22 I have ever handled...Feels like an MP-5 when it's in your hands....
     
  9. E. Beaver

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    I'v had a Challenger III for many years. Very similar to the Buckmark.

    Have shot 1" groups from a sandbag rest at 25 yards.

    Charlie.
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    New toy - Browning Buckmark 5.5

    Aside from other common plinking targets, we were shooting eggs. Was able to hit them at closer ranges with iron sights and reading glasses, but not at longer ranges. With the EOTech I was hitting them at 50 and even 75 yards without a problem.

    Was also shooting eggs with my 10-22T with a suppressor. Never realized how loud eggs were when hit with a hollowpoint rimfire.
     
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