Originally Posted by slymule
Ernie, I'm curious about something. I can understand carrying and shooting a handgun because of the weight reduction and ease of getting thru thick brush for hunting. What I'm curious about is why choose to shoot a handgun if it weighs 11 pounds? If that heavy, why not just use a rifle instead and reap the benefits of higher muzzle velocity? Just curious on your reasoning is all.
That is a really good question.
Some of my other SP's are in the 4-6 pound range (one or two may be lighter). When I had Kirby build this I had multiple purposes for it: LR pd shooting, LR benchrest matches, and hunting. Plus, I didn't know what to expect recoil wise, so add to that some fear, since I planned to use high magnification riflescopes from the get-go.
Really what I need to do next is have a lightweight barrel for hunting, especially in the hills.
As far as why not use a rifle, is simply I like the challenge of shooting a specialty handgun over a rifle. For me, it is fun.
My other "heavy handgun" was specifically set-up for shooting LG at 1K BR matches. It is in the 16 pound class, jewel trigger/no safety, McMillan rear-grip stock. i also use it for pd shooting as well and popping steel.