Benchmade Bugout for hunting duties?

The_reaper_33

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Anyone have experience with a benchmade bugout for gutting and breaking down an animal? Any other lightweight options for this task? I can get the bugout in m4 steel about to pull the trigger.. my criteria is a folder because I don’t need the added sheath weight fold it up and keep it in the bag, lightweight, edge longevity.
I currently use a lightweight buck 110 it’s cheap and light but the edge will barely finish the field work (gut, skin, quarter) on a moose but again it’s cheap so I carry 1 in my bag and few in the hunt camp they work but it looses its edge towards the end. Looking to upgrade to only needing 1 knife to process a moose (gut skin quater) the bugout seems to fit the criteria
 
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Jbehredt

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Always have one in my pocket. It’s not my primary tool for field dressing but it’s made quite a few cuts. Do it. Buy two actually. You’ll want another for edc.
 

Htm84

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I used one to gut and skin a deer a couple years ago. My buddy forgot a knife and I keep one in a first aid/ utility kit that I always bring. Worked fine. Probably my favorite little knife.
 

deertrout

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I got a bugout for Father's day, used it on a couple deer now. Works great, not too hard to clean all the nooks and crannies afterwards. Very similar blade size and shape to the altitude. In fact if I didn't already have an altitude, I would be good just rolling with the bugout.


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6mm Remington

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I think you will be happy with the Benchmade. They make a nice knife. I have the mini-barrage and I sure like that knife. It's blade is just slightly less than 3" and it worked on a deer and my grizzly bear last year. Western Hunter ran my story I sent in to them (really excited and surprised about it) and one of the gifts you get as a contributor is a Benchmade grizzly Ridge. I have not used it but it looks solid and like the Bugout it's not too large to carry clipped in a pocket and yet is large enough to take care of game nicely. I think it's going to be a good one.
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This is a bit larger than the mini-barrage and has a 3 1/2" long blade. It looks like it will be simple to clean as well. This would be a good one too. I like the size and blade shape. It's well thought out.
 

sndmn11

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In M4? Heck yes, M4 is an outstanding steel for field processing. The downfall with the Bugout is the handle isn't lined with any metal, so it is strictly a slicer and not a twister or whacker.
 

fbhandler

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Just to let folks know... you can slightly customize a bugout over on the Benchmade website (upgraded steel/scale color etc.). I think I’m going to grab one with with the 20cv blade steel, I like that there options.
 
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Trumpkin The Dwarf

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Will I need diamonds stones to sharpen m4?
Probably. I prefer a lower angle bevel than comes stock on the benchmade. I reprofiled my standard bugout and went full gutless method when I boned out a bull elk this year with it. When I got back to the truck it would still rough shave hair.
 

Buckhorn 70

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Can you get the bug out with Orange scales? I like the visibility in the woods while field dressing a deer.
 

ttubudd

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Can you get the bug out with Orange scales? I like the visibility in the woods while field dressing a deer.
Flytanium also makes awesome replacement scales if you're looking for other options.

I have a bugout and mini bug out. Use both all the time. Love them.

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Buckhorn 70

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Flytanium also makes awesome replacement scales if you're looking for other options.

I have a bugout and mini bug out. Use both all the time. Love them.

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Do you use them for field dressing animals?
 

Buck197

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I saw the threads about customizing Benchmades, I have 3 storeboughts and ive been hapoy with them, so reading one thread on here I saw they sent emails with video photos and such so decided to pull the trigger. Apparently how theyte doing has changed, I guess do to the Virus crap. I ordered it last Sunday and kept looking it still showed processing and even the website says it normally processes within 24 hrs, so I called today and the lady said itll show processing until its complete. So just a heads up on the customs, it sounds as if theyre running a week or two slower now too, no biggie.
 
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