I recently jumped on an Amazon deal for a BSA Buccaneer SE in .177. Every few months a deal comes up on them on Amazon where they are $300-$400. I paid $316.98 for mine, which seems to me is a great value for this gun.Fit and Finish
The beech stock on this gun is reasonably good looking. It has excellent checkering on the grip and forearm, which is something often lacking in guns in this price range. It definitely has that European feel, and shoulders and balances well. Fit of the stock to the butt pad was a little on the sketchy side.
The bluing is about standard for the $600 range, nothing too impressive, but not bad. The barrel band, which is useless as far as I can tell, had some obvious machine marks, but everything else was pretty smooth.Controls and Function
I like the feel of the bolt handle, which was a little stiff at first but is already getting smoother. It locks back with a satisfying click. One thing to watch out for, though: the bolt position is adjustable, and mine came adjusted so low it had put a small dent in the soft beech. I probably should have sent it back, but it's even less noticeable in person than in the photo, so I didn't bother with it.
The magazine is functional but feels a little on the cheap side. Not more so than the Marauder magazine, but considering that the BSA mag costs $49.99 and the Marauder magazine costs $14.95, I think Gamo/BSA is cheaping me. Both my Air Arms and Evanix magazines are heavier and seem to be made of more sturdy material. Still, the BSA mag is easy to load and shows how many rounds you have remaining.
The trigger pull is long and creepy out of the box. I haven't done any adjusting to it yet, though. Some of the fellows here recommended that I replace the set screw on the trigger blade with a longer one, so I will try to post more after I've done that. The trigger is definitely predictable enough to not drastically affect my shooting, however. I got comfortable with it fairly quickly.Accuracy
I also plan to do some Chronograph testing with it and post back. The light was fading on me today and all I had time to do was sight it in, shoot a group, and try some offhand plinking. I shot four magazines and I was still well in the green, but I'll post back with shot strings later.
It took me a little less than a magazine to sight it in at 30 yards. The following group is my second full magazine at that distance.
This a .41 inch group, or .26 inch if the one that got away from me is removed. I was pretty impressed that the gun shot this well on its second magazine.
I shot a Caldwell resettable target at 50 yards and easily racked and reset them without a miss. I also tried the gun offhand on beer cans at 70 yards and I found this much easier than with a stock Marauder. All of this was with brown box CP 10.5 gr. So much the better.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this gun, and I think it'll make a great plinker and small game rifle.