Tokarev TT-C
Winchester's XPR Bolt...
ZiP™ - It's the Futur...
Either a 338 Ultra Ma...
Winchester's XPR ...
Handloading... A ...
Sabot munitions p...
The Ruger GP100 M...
Don't Forget the ...
Ruger's Lighter C...
Ruger's LC9s Turn...
Ruger's GP100 5&q...
Dreyse Model 1907...
Remington Model 7...
Rifle
17 Hornet
204 Ruger
22 Hornet
22-250 Remington
220 Swift
223 Remington
243 Winchester
6mm Remington
240 Weatherby
25-20 WCF
257 Roberts
25-06 Remington
257 WM
6.5 Creedmoor
6.5x55mm Swede
260 Remington
6.5-284 Norma
264 Winchester Mag
6.8 Rem SPC
270 Winchester
270 WSM
270 Weatherby
7mm-30 RG
7mm-08 Remington
7x57 Mauser
280 Remington
7mm Remington Mag
7mm WSM
7mm Rem Ultra Mag
30-30 WCF
30 Remington AR
308 Winchester
30-06 Springfield
7.5x55 G11 Swiss
300 RCM
300 WSM
300 Winchester Mag
300 Weatherby Mag
300 Ultra Mag
7.62x39mm Russian
7.62x54R Russian
303 British
8x57mm Mauser
325 WSM
8x56R Mannlicher
338 Marlin Express
338 RCM
338 Remington UM
338 Winchester Mag
340 Weatherby Mag
338-378 WM
348 Winchester
358-378 RG
9.3x62mm
375 H&H
375 Ruger
375 Remington UM
378 Weatherby Mag
38-55 WCF
450/400 3" NE
416 WM
416 Ruger
416 Rigby
.44-40 W.C.F.
44 Rem Mag - Rifle
45 Colt
454 Casull Rifle
45-70 Government
45-70 Cast
450 Marlin
450 Rigby
460 Weatherby
500 S&W
500 Jeffrey

 

Browning's Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX
Now here's a little bit of firearm art...
©RGI Media, Inc - Published with permission
 

It's difficult for me to write about this type of firearm. I am a mediocre writer at best, constantly locked in a life or death struggle with the English language and always in search of a product hook that might grab and hold a reader's attention. If I can't hang the tags "newest", "biggest", "smallest", "lightest", or "craziest"... on a product, I'm pretty much shooting metaphorical blanks. Which is unfortunate because, while none of those adjectives apply to the Browning Buck Mark Plus, it deserves an enthusiastic presentation.

Feature and specification highlights

The Browning Buck Mark product line, since its inception in 1985, has continually evolved into ever more refined firearms, like the Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX of 2006. Personally, I believe this is the best looking and best made Buck Mark to date.

The Buck Mark Plus is distinguishable from other Buck Mark models by its combination of slab sided steel alloy barrel, Truglo front sight and finger grooved Ultragrip DX™ grips with matching contoured front strap.

The Buck Mark Plus, with its five and one-half inch barrel, is exceptionally well balanced. At thirty four ounces, its heft makes for a steady offhand shooter, but not so heavy as to cause shooter fatigue or too heavy for holstered carry. Light pipe sights, out to twenty five yards, are great for plinking, small game hunting and recreational target shooting, the primary applications for this pistol.

Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX

Manufacturer

Browning

Item #

051429490

Country of Origin U.S.A.
Type Single Action

Operation

Blow-Back Autoloader

Caliber

22 Long Rifle

Mag Capacity

10

Barrel Length

5˝"

Rifling

1:16"

Weight

2 Lbs 2 Oz

Overall Length

9˝"

Grips

Laminated Rosewood

Frame

7075 Aircraft Aluminum

Rear Sight

Adjustable Pro Target

Front Sight

TRUGLO® fiber-optic

Trigger Pull

4 Lbs. 9 Oz.

Safety Thumb & Mag Disconnect

MSRP

$519.99

Nominal Weights & Measures

 

Bracketed by earlier evolution

I guess I will always be attached to the Challenger 1962 - 1985, top; different type of pistol for a different time, but a good shooter with a lot of nostalgic appeal. The Buck Mark Plus, middle, has a number of subtle and not so subtle differences in comparison to an earlier Buck Mark, bottom.

A little more detail

The Adjustable Pro-Target™ rear sight, installed on all current Buck Mark models, is a good one. Windage and elevation adjustment are tactile and positive. The face is serrated to dampen reflection and the approximately 0.125" window is right for the matching 0.125" front sight.

Both the slide release and safety are within easy thumb swipe range. The magazine release button is easy to depress to release the magazine, but not so easy as to cause an accidental release as the basis for one of those truly embarrassing moments at the range. The vertical nubs at the rear of the slide are a thoughtful refinement and make it an easy grab to pull the slide back without grabbing a handful of rear sight. While all Plus models have this feature, other Buck Mark Models may not. Some models within the product line have slides that are scalloped like this, but without the nubs, and others have a slab sided aft slide surface with full height angled serrations and no nubs.

The Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX looks even better up close. The framed grip stippling is artful, very clean, and it feels so much better when shooting than traditional checkering. The Made In USA, in these times, is always appreciated. Over-lit by electronic flash, in actual use the bright green ends of the light pipe front sight stand out against any background.

Shooting impressions

The nicest part of the review process is when I can leave my cell phone and desk behind, grab a bunch of ammo and the subject firearm and head out to the range and pretend I am working.

The Ultragrip DX™ grips have a very natural feel. With the curve of the frame snug to the web of my hand, my wrist was straight and the pad of my finger tip fell naturally on the Browning's trigger. This is one of the best Buck Mark triggers I've encountered. For me, pull weight isn't as critical to me as is the lack of creep, a clean break and a relatively wide trigger.

With greater quantification...

Live Fire Performance - 25 Yards

Ammo

Bullet
Weight
Grains
Rated
MV
FPS
Actual
MV
FPS
25 Yd
5 Shot
Group"
Ammo Bullet
Grains
Rated
MV
FPS
Actual
MV
FPS
25 Yd
5 Shot
Group"
CCI Mini-Mag 40 1235 1051 1.9 Rem Thunderbolt 40 1255 1042 2.2
Federal Game Shok 40 1260 1072 2.0 Rem Yellow Jacket 33 1500 1177 3.2
Rem-Peters 40 1255 1067 2.1 Win - TIN 26 1650 1267 1.3
Rem Sub Sonic 38 1050 785 1.6 Win - Super Speed 40 1300 1102 2.4
Eley Target 40 1985 911 1.0 - - - - -

Shot from a sandbag rest

These are very good twenty-five yard groups from a rim fire pistol with the exception, perhaps, of the Yellow Jacket Ammo. Not to be confused with virtual Internet groups that are traditionally shot with a keyboard. It was interesting that this is the first 22 LR autoloader pistol we've reviewed that fired Sub Sonic ammo without a feed or eject problem. In fact, we routinely mixed ammo and shot very low and very high velocity ammo without a hiccup.

Live Fire Performance - 25 Feet

Ammo

Bullet
Weight
Grains
Rated
MV
FPS
Actual
MV
FPS
25 Ft
5 Shot
Group"
CCI Mini-Mag 40 1235 1051 0.30
Federal Game Shok 40 1260 1072 0.35
Rem Thunderbolt 40 1255 1042 0.58
Win - Super Speed 40 1300 1102 0.65

Shot from a Sandbag Rest

Up closer, where eyesight was less of a factor, the five shot groups were impressive, even when the best performing, very expensive, twenty-five yard ammo was omitted.

 

Buck Mark alternatives

If the Browning's Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX isn't your cup of tea, Browning has fifteen models of Buck Marks to suit your aesthetic palate. Alloy steel and stainless barrels in a variety of contours and lengths, laminated hardwood or synthetic grips. There are basic rear sight bridges, as well as half and full length scope bases. All models have an Adjustable Pro-Target™ rear sight. Front sights are blade, adjustable and fiber optic depending on particular model. Finish varies from blue, to gray, to green with stainless and natural aluminum alloy frames. For full details on all models and variations, check out www.Browning.Com.

Come Visit the RealGunsStore.com!
 

 
Ruger
Burris
RealGuns Store
Handgun
327 Federal Mag
357 SIG
357 Magnum
40 S&W
41 Remington Mag
44 Mag Revolver
45 ACP
45 Colt
45 Super
460 Rowland
454 Casull
7.62 Nagant
9mm Luger
9mm Luger +P
10mm Auto
 
Contender
17-357 RG
222 Remington
223 Remington
30-30 WCF
44 Magnum
45-70 Government
 
General Info
Powder Rates
Primer Table
Safety Tips
Site Disclaimer
         
    All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. © 2015 Real Guns, Inc.