If you are looking for a reliable, accurate, and inexpensive brush gun, either one will work. if you are looking for easy maintence, go with the Wolf.
My wife picked mine up right before Christmas in 2009 for $200 plus tax at wal mart after the post muzzle loading season roll back. This was for the camo and stainless model, with nothing more than the instructions, scope mounts, and the ramrod. Is it a tack driver, no. Does it have enough accuracy to shoot minute of deer at 150 yards? yes, I know it can shoot better than I can most days.
i have shot the buckhorn, and it is a decent cheap muzzle stuffer, but it is a little more complicated than the Wolf. It's major downfall IMO is the open breech design in Northern or wet climates. The bolt is held back, and the released to strike the primer. This provides entry points for water, snow and ice, which can lead to a lack of bang when you pull the trigger. The wolf, being break action, seals at the breech lessening the odds of a misfire.
Just MHO, if it was a choice as to what i would buy, I would get the Wolf out of the 2 choices above. I own a Wolf and an Optima, and both see almost equall use in the field. I use the Optima, and my Daughter uses the Wolf.
BTW, Nice rifle Tom.
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Last edited by kfox75; 12-02-2013 at 05:21 AM.