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Really Willie,
     This is Ron the guy that sent you all the higharchunter bullets to test. If I remember correctly You and I talked in depth about the Bushbuck and the subject of it not having a “safety” never came up or I would have explained to you that the safety is not cocking the rifle until ready to fire. Having a safety on with while loaded does not make it ok to walk around hunting with a loaded gun. You should not load the gun until ready to shoot. Those of us that hunt with bushbucks load when ready to shoot and if you spook the animal while doing so the so, be it. If you were to do it your way “The unsafe way” by loading and cocking it the walking around looking for an animal, the Yes, you will most likely have a hunting accident. As you know I have a .45 Texan like yours and a Bushbuck. I can load and cock my Bushbuck without making a sound. The Texan makes way more noise to load, cock and take safety off than the Bushbuck does. Unless you want to load and make safe your Texan and walk around looking for animals “The unsafe way” then you can skip the load and cock actions and just remove the safety. Which by the way makes a distinct metallic click which could spook an animal.

The below info was copied from  Texas Parks and Wildlife manual 
 Chapter 6 – Hunting Safety  Whenever a firearm is involved with any activity, there is a potential for an accident to occur when the firearm is not handled responsibly. How to be a safe hunter is not something you learn once. Hunting safety should be an ongoing development of skills and attitude over the lifetime of the hunter.Rules Hunters Can Live By . . . Ten Commandments of Shooting Safety

  1. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  2. Control the direction of the muzzle at all times. Do not point a firearm or bow at anything you do not intend to shoot. Never rest a muzzle on your toe or foot. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until the instant you are ready to fire. Always keep the safety on until ready to fire; however, the safety should never be a substitute for safe firearm handling.

  3. Treat every firearm or bow with the same respect you would show a loaded gun or nocked arrow.
  4. Every time you pick up a firearm, the first thing you do is point the muzzle in a safe direction and check to see if it is loaded. Be sure the chamber and magazine are empty and that the action is open until ready to be fired. If you do not understand how to determine if it is loaded, do not accept the firearm until someone has safely shown you that it is unloaded. Read your instruction manual carefully before you handle new firearms or bows.

  5. Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond your target.
  6. Before you pull the trigger you must properly identify game animals. Until your target is fully visible and in good light, do not even raise your scope to see it. Use binoculars! Know what is in front of and behind your target. Determine that you have a safe backstop or background. Since you do not know what is on the other side, never take a shot at any animals on top of ridges or hillsides. Know how far bullets, arrows and pellets can travel. Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces, such as water, rocks or steel because of ricochets.

  7. Unload firearms and unstring conventional bows when not in use.
  8. Leave actions open, and store sporting arms in cases when traveling to and from shooting areas. Take bolts out or break down shotguns if necessary. Know how your equipment operates. Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately and under lock and key. Store firearms and bows in cool, dry places. Use gun or trigger locks and guards when not in use.

  9. Handle the firearms, arrows and ammunition carefully.
  10. Avoid horseplay with firearms. Never climb a fence, a tree or a ladder with a loaded firearm or bow and arrows. Never jump a ditch or cross difficult terrain with a loaded firearm or nocked arrow. Never face or look down the barrel from the muzzle end. Be sure the only ammunition you carry correctly matches the gauge or caliber you are shooting. Always carry arrows in a protected cover or quiver. Learn the proper carries. Try to use the two-hand carry whenever possible because it affords you the best muzzle control. Always carry handguns with hammers over an empty chamber or cylinder. If you fall, be sure to disassemble the gun and check the barrel from the breech end for obstructions. Carry a field cleaning kit.

Rule 1 states: The safety should never be a substitute for safe firearm handling.  I interpret this as saying it is not alright to walk around hunting with a loaded gun or in this case a Airgun.

Rules 5 solidifies how I interpret rule 1. So, The Bushbuck, any other airgun or firearm can be safe as long as you practice safe handling and hunting practices. But if you want to be able to load an airgun or firearm with or without a safty and go walking through the woods then “You are unsafe not the gun.”