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Old 03-23-2014, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need advice on buying a buzzard

I'm looking at buying a used buzzard, but don't really know too much about features and options I should be looking for.
1. What "era" is more desirable? Pre-, Post- or Dye era? Is there a significant difference in performance or feel?
2. Can all the barrels be bored for inserts? There's aluminum and stainless right? (And a few titanium?)
3. In general, anything you would look for when picking one up? Anything to avoid?

I've noticed that pricing seems like it's kind of all over the place. In the recent past the range seems to be $295-$400+.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I really like the Stainless Barrels.

I think they are some of the best shooting ever. But they are larger bore. I made wedgits in mine with epoxy. Works great.

ERA is irrelevant to me. But some of the DYE/just post era had an issue with the snubs slipping. I never encountered it personally but my friends banana trigger did.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks hellion. I do like the idea of having a stainless barrel... a stock would be nice too.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd recommend a later model. Had a 2004 buzzard. Beautiful, stainless barrel and hair trigger. It did have auto trigger issue. The main body would slip out of place causing it to fire when pumped. No matter how I assembled the buzzard, it would have auto trigger issue. The solution was to drill a hole in main body near the ASA and place set screw. I didn't do this.

Other than that, it shot darts.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pre Dye is my vote.

I'm just not really a fan of the dye hinges or the 1.5 bannana triggers


I also hear the new style bucket changers are more likely to cross thread than the styles on DYE and pre DYE.

But my preference is Pre->DYE->Post DYE
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Id vote for pre dye or current style carters. The pre dye frames feel great as well as the current slider frames. The dye and 1.5 frames were not that great IMO. One really nice thing about the newer buzzards is they dont use a collar to hold the snub, so less chance of an auto triggering problem when the snub moves
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Thanks for the advice guys. Just paid for a black pre dye. $350 with a milled stock.
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Sounds like a good price on an awesome gun.

Pictures?
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His L-stocks are great.
Put it to good use!
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Here it is! Got it today! It wasn't cocking when I got it, no leaks at least. I completely disassembled it.. and now it's back together and working ok! Came with some black dye grips.. didn't like them.. through on some extra hogues that I had.

So what I don't get about the L-stock is that it's in a really funny position. When I shoulder it, the gun sits ... well.. shoulder level.. Is that normal? It feels like my shoulder want to be at the very bottom of the stock.

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