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Old 02-04-2011, 07:38 PM
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best beginning LR pistol caliber?

Ok, while I'm still gathering parts and have yet to come up with an XP action. I'm getting antsy, and shooting my 35 rem is starting to hurt. I'm looking at building off a savage target action in something small to get used to everything (and scratch my itch) what would somebody suggest? I'm open for any opinions and thoughts.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:51 PM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

What kind of game?
What would be the max distance you would like to achieve on said game?
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:17 PM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

I just want to use it for practice and varmint shooting. Just to get used to a SP. Maybe, used on short range deer. But just most of all to get used to a long range pistol with a rifle scope.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:05 AM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

A number of options.
Depends on how far you want to practice at:
6BR, 6 Dasher, 6mm-6.5x47 Lapua, 243 Win, 6-284 ( I have all but the BR and Dasher).
6.5x47 Lapua, 260 Rem, 6.5-284
I would use a 1-8 twist for all of these.
In 6mm I would use from the 95 grain VLD's to the 105/107 class VLD's
in 6.5 I would use the 123 to 140 grain bullets

Any of these cartridges will work fine for varmints, deer and LR practice.
Have you read my article on using high magnification rifle scopes on specialty pistols?
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:32 AM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

I think I have read that article but will refresh my memory! Thanks! I was thinking maybe 6BR or 243 to keep recoil down so I don't get scope eye right away. Maybe even 6.5x284 since I have dies for it too. Hmmm decisions decisions!
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:42 AM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

Handgun Hunter Magazine - Rifle Scopes On Specialty Handguns

Having a good muzzle brake really makes the difference here as well as the weight of the gun.
You will not get scope bit, if you have a good brake and back off just a little bit from a full field of view on a XP.
Video of a 7mm Dakota shooting 200 grain Wildcat bullet at 2700 fps.
Muzzle brake is Holland's RADIAL Quick Discharge.
http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...handgun-36059/
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:56 AM
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Re: best beginning LR pistol caliber?

I would suggest the 243 Win or the 6.5-284 of the three you mentioned.
You will lose around 250-300 fps compared to the longer barrels that most rifles use in these chamberings.
So your 6.5-284 will have ballistics closer to a 260 Rem rifle.
The 6 BR will work fine, and will be easy to use, but I am not sure how far you intend to shoot with it, and how far you would like to take deer with it.
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