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Old 09-15-2010, 11:29 AM
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Default **Need advice** What's the best facing the tree climbing stand?

I have a little loose cash to spend and have been wanting/needing a nice climbing stand. I don't bow hunt so that's why I want a facing the tree climber. I've heard people mention the gunslinger, the summit 180, and also the tomcat II. Any feedback would be appreciated.


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Old 09-15-2010, 11:32 AM
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I use a Buckshot "Eldorado" also used to be called the "Cadillac". I'm not sure if they are even in business anymore. It may not be the easiest stand to tote but man is it comfortable and safe.

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Old 09-15-2010, 11:37 AM
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I have a gunslinger and a summit. For long hunts or leaving it in the woods the gunslinger is, in my opinion the best you can get. For carrying in and out of the woods and being a little more stealthy, I would go with the Summit. It is lighter and Quieter and still very comfortable.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:42 AM
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Buckshot "Bigshot" or Buckshot "Caddillac"
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:47 AM
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The Gunslinger, most comfortable stand there is. Had mine stole a couple of years ago and still miss it. Will have another one soon.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:48 AM
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Anyone have a sumitt 180 SS? Been looking at them online but know nothing about them. I prefer facing the tree when gun hunting.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:49 AM
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Brent Hunt Whitetail stands. It is not a stand you want to back pack in and out but for comfort and saftey it can't be beat. Information is available from the Tree Lounge web site or select dealers in Ga.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:52 AM
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I love my Summit 180...wouldn't trade it for anything...
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:56 AM
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Anyone have a sumitt 180 SS? Been looking at them online but know nothing about them. I prefer facing the tree when gun hunting.
Yep. I have one. It's a great stand, quiet and comfortable. The problem I had when I first got it was that the back of the seat (when facing the tree) is held up by a little elastic strap that loops over the back frame member and snaps. That thing will occasionally unsnap and let the back of the seat drop a little and will scare the bejeezus out of you. If fixed mine with a couple of small zipties.
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I have a Tomcat 2. I love mine, and my dad has one that he has been hunting from for better than 20 years.

Tomcat II's are heavier than alot of climbing stands, but they are sturdy. Great stand if you are planning on leaving it in the woods most of the time. If you want to carry it in and out every trip then you probably want something else.
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Buckshot Cadillac if you are 6' tall or under they are perfect for long sits facing tree!
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:19 PM
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My vote gunslinger (i've never slept so good), and if u live around or know someone who lives around jacksonville u can save some $$ in u walk in with cash (i've heard) and he will also give a discount with a bunch of people from your camp buy.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:27 PM
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I would suggest the gunslinger as well
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:28 PM
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:44 PM
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I have 3 gunslingers. My other stands haven't been out of the storage building since I got the first GS. I can sit/sleep for 4 hours+ without ever having to stand up. I used to sit for an hour, stand for 5 minutes, sit for 45 minutes, stand for 5 minutes, sit for 30 minutes, stand for 5 minutes, sit for 15 minutes, climb down. Maybe that's being a little facetious, but you get the idea.
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Gunslinger nuff said.
Oh you for got to say good night and sleep tight!

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Old 09-15-2010, 01:48 PM
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gunslinger,been using one over 10 years now
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:52 PM
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brett hunt white tail. my favorite, was in a state park hunt a couple of yrs ago and sit in it for 12and a half hours strait without being uncomfortable
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:56 PM
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i like my ol man multi vision. you can face either way, use for rifle with gun rest or bow. Scotts outdoors in florida has em with shipping for $139! can't beat it.... comfortable, secure..
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:05 PM
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I am curious, what is the purpose of facing the tree when gun hunting?
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:42 PM
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There are only two options in my opinion.

1) Promag Treestand from Treewalker Treestands. Link: http://www.treewalkertreestands.com

This stand allows you to sit either facing toward or facing away from the three. The NET seating is VERY comfortable and will allow you to sit however long you want without "Having" to stand up to rest your rear. Its only 18/19 lbs so its light when carrying it in and out. I have two of these.

2) Gunslinger from JRH Sport. Link:http://www.jrhsport.com

This stand is another VERY comfortable stand but you can only face the tree. I've sat in one for 6 hours without issue. Well I did have one issue, I fell asleep fore a bit. I use these more as fixed postion climbers due to their weight. 26 lbs for standard climber and 32 lbs for fat boy version. I have two of these climbers.

I hate any climber that has a peice of wood under my rear or has a very small or hard seat area. I've had Ol'man's, and equalizers and they are now gone.

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:21 PM
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I am curious, what is the purpose of facing the tree when gun hunting?
It provides some additional concealment as far as I'm concerned because it puts the tree between you and the game.

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:25 PM
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I am curious, what is the purpose of facing the tree when gun hunting?
I was also curious of this as well.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:29 PM
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although I dont use them any more, they sure are comfy and you can even stretch out and throw your legs up on the arms for a nap
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:33 PM
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Default Purpose for facing the tree.

To me facing the tree provides concealment as well as a good brace for your rifle. When facing the tree I sometimes
Screw my bow hangers in both sides of the tree horizontaly so that i can have a good extended shooting rail for long shots.
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GUNSLINGER is the best and most comfortable. You wont be disapointed
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Gunslinger by far. But it's heavy!
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I love my FatCat but theys alot of people down on TomCats. If you go with a cat jus remember to get a good cushin, I got a gel cushin for mine and it makes a LOT of difference over jus a foam cushin
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I use a warren and sweat cottonwood. Like the guy said, a good stand to nap in. Wrapped in and safe. Don't know if they still make them anymore.
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I am curious, what is the purpose of facing the tree when gun hunting?
For me concealment and a rest for steady shots.
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They are indeed an heirloom tree stand, made in pre-historic times, when they were making tree stands with 250 lb. weight limits.
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held up by a little elastic strap that loops over the back frame member and snaps. That thing will occasionally unsnap and let the back of the seat drop a little and will scare the bejeezus out of you. .



Good one..... That would most definitely get my attention followed by (hopefully) tempory heart failure
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The problem I had when I first got it was that the back of the seat (when facing the tree) is held up by a little elastic strap that loops over the back frame member and snaps. That thing will occasionally unsnap and let the back of the seat drop a little and will scare the bejeezus out of you.
I'm afraid that a little more than bejeezus would be coming out if it happend to me. I'd probably have to climb down and go back to the truck so i could change some clothing after something like that happened.
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I have had my gunslinger for over 15 years.
Just picked another one up off craigslist for 75 bucks!!!
Best of the best and still going strong!!!!
Do not go into the woods without one!!!
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:46 PM
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Buckshot Treestands, I just found out, have been bought out or renamed Equalizer. Just checked the website. Same stands. I'd check out the Magnum. you can either face the tree or face away from the tree. Very, Very comfortable stands IMO
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Gunslinger is my favorite. Shot the deer in my avatar, at a state park hunt, at 175 yards in the neck from one. One thing I found to make it more comfortable to carry is to go to an auto parts store and buy 2 sherpa seat belt pads and put on the shoulder straps. The come in black, are plush, and velcro on.
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Yes, Buckshot is now sold by Equalizer - and I love mine. To me, its the most versatile - not too heavy, very comfortable, easy to use, can face tree, face away, or half sit. Very quiet, sturdy.
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Gunslinger all the way..my son and I both have one. Brother has a Summit but sits almost upright. Gunslinger has 3 back positions to suit your back angle. And yes, as others have mentioned, u can take a nice nap and not worry bout fallin out when you make that sudden jerk when you awake :-)
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Tom Cat 1 and Buck shot either one is real nice , I also have a 180 sumit, i dont care to much for it, it is comfortable but not that easy to climb with IMO. Ive used it a few times and it has gotten a little easier, but I wouldnt buy another one, but I;m very cautious when using climbers anyway so others may not have issues as I do. The Tom Cat 1 is really hard to beat, I cant see anyone trying one of these and not liking it. the only draw back is the brace in the middle of the seat part you cant turn around unless you stand on the seat and for me that aint happenen. Its sounds like that gunslinger is very well liked i may have to check one out as well. good luck with your search
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Thanks for the input. I think I'll put a Gunslinger on order today. Sounds like it's gotten the most positive feedback.
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I love my summit 180 max ss but very seldom face the tree with it. I grew up using a Brent Hunt and loved it. I prefer the Summit over the Brent Hunt.
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