Ken Rucker's Bump-Buster(TM) Recoil Reduction System is a device installed in the butt of your gun, either a shotgun or a rifle, to retard the time that your gun moves rearward in recoil. People talk about these systems all the time as "reducing recoil." They really don't reduce the recoil, they spread the recoil out over a longer period of time, which changes it from a sharp slap to a push. It only takes a fraction of a second of time for this to make a drastic difference in what your body feels. We're not actually reducing recoil, we're changing your body's perception of the existing recoil.
Your shooting ability should increase faster with a Bump-Buster than without one because:
- The Bump-Buster makes it more comfortable for you to shoot. You can shoot more and longer practice sessions.
- The Bump-Buster keeps you from developing bad habits such as lifting your head off the stock in anticipation of recoil, and later down the road, actually flinching to the point that you cannot pull the trigger. You may even jerk the trigger unconsciously because you've had so much recoil whammed into your body over time. The negative effects of recoil are cumulative over the length of your shooting career and shooting with a Bump-Buster counter-acts those effects.
- It's better at first for a new shooter to start with a Bump-Buster. Lots of older shooters add a Bump-Buster to their guns later in life because the Bump-Buster wasn't around when they started shooting. If it had been available, there would be a lot of people who wouldn't have to use a release trigger today.
The Bump-Buster is a "spring over hydraulic system." We talk about hydraulic recoil systems - no one has a pure hydraulic system because there is not enough room in a shotgun or rifle stock to insert a hydraulic cylinder large enough to take care of the recoil by itself. You have to have the spring for two reasons:
- A helper spring aids in retarding the gun movement.
- A helper spring gives you a very positive, very fast return to get everything back to the zero point for the next shot.
Spring systems alone tend to be "springier" than a spring over hydraulic system. They can be bouncy, which many people don't like. The spring over hydraulic systems have the benefit of hydraulic damping in addition to the spring. What we're dealing with is the human body's perception of recoil. So the hydraulic cylinder in the Bump-Buster, a spring over hydraulic unit, because of the cushioning effect of the hydraulic fluid in the cylinder, actually feels softer than shooting the spring unit alone. The Bump-Buster is capable of reducing a shooter's perception of felt recoil by about 40%.
It is absolutely ideal to start a young shooter with a Bump-Buster so he or she won't develop bad habits. Gun fit and recoil reduction are what it's all about! With the Bump-Buster you have the ability to make these gun fit adjustments:
- The length of the stock
- How the stock fits your shoulder
- The height of the stock in relation to your cheek
And the Bump-Buster adjusts for recoil tension, so it can be adapted to many different guns, many different loads, and many different shooters' perceptions of felt recoil.
The Bump-Buster is available in two models: with or without a pad adjuster. With a pad adjuster, the Bump-Buster has a fully-adjustable pad system so the pad can be dropped and/or twisted to fit the shooter's body comfortably, and it's also adjustable for length of pull. This is important for a couple of reasons:
- Changing from a T-shirt in the summer to a heavy jacket in the winter changes a shooter's length of pull. It's nice to be able to shorten up the length of pull to compensate for the heavy jacket and then to lengthen it again when necessary so a shooter's gun fit stays the same summer and winter.
- Length of pull changes as a youngster grows. The Bump-Buster's adjustable length of pull feature allows the gun to "grow" with the young shooter. You won't need to purchase a new gun each year!
Installing a Bump-Buster will add about 12 ounces to the butt weight of the gunstock. It will also move the balance point of the gun slightly rearward, which is often a good thing. Some people add a Bump-Buster partly for that reason alone. They currently shoot a gun that is front-end heavy and they want to make it feel lighter in the front-end - make it feel more lively. They add a Bump-Buster to help balance the gun and, in addition, they get a reduction in recoil and more adjustability.
Adding 12 ounces of weight to the butt of your gun normally is not detrimental, even if the gun is not barrel-heavy because it's in the back end against your shoulder. Adding weight to the nose of your gun is a different situation and can create a problem, unlike the benefit of adding weight to the butt.
The Bump-Buster system is very simple to maintain:
- If you want to clean the system thoroughly, it takes less than 5 minutes to take the system apart, clean it and lube it with a light grease.
- If you're in a hurry and don't have time for a thorough cleaning, just applying a couple drops of a good gun oil like Break Free or Rem Oil on the guide rods will work.
Speedbump Stockworks offers Bump-Busters in nearly 100 powder-coated colors. Gold, black, and the ever-popular red, white, and blue Bump-Busters are the most asked for color choices. We can also make them in a brown/black or green/black combination. We are only limited by your imagination!
Turn-around times vary at the shop depending on our work load, so call us for an estimate on current turn-around time. During scheduled shoots at the National Shooting Complex you can just come on in and stand in line or call us in advance to arrange an appointment. We take deliveries from UPS, FedEx, and USPS so you can also send your stock right to our door and arrange to have it shipped back to you or come by and pick it up in person and have Ken fit it for you.
5931 Roft Road, Vendor Bldg. #22
San Antonio, TX 78253
Ken Rucker 903-815-6535
Carolyn Rucker 903-209-5074