Good and valid question.
This was built specifically for bench use in a long-range handgun match.
Like BR matches for rifles, where the rifle ends up not bearing much resemblance to a hunting rifle, so we have the same here.
This set-up is not for hunting, although...If you were hunting prone in a wide open field with a SEB Rest that had F-Class feet on the elevation legs so they don't slip deep into the ground, it would make a deadly LR combination.
Sorry, couldn't resist
In reality it would be two heavy and bulky to carry very far.
But, since this is a switch barrel/switch stock specialty handgun, I can either leave the 7WSM barrel on and put the McRee stock on it.
Or put the 6.5 Leopard (WSM) barrel on it, and now I have a practical and accurate LR hunting rig.
I shoot more from field positions than I do from a bench, but when I shoot at pd's I like to shoot from a portable bench.
I have some specialty handguns that have 14-15 inch barrels and weigh around 5-7.5 pounds with optic on it that I shoot distance with as well.
More than anything, I just like to shoot these specialty handguns and the unique challenges they can bring.
597 yards on this mulie this past fall.
This is the same action, just a different stock and barrel.
Originally Posted by lazylabs
OK I have to throw this out.... I do COMPLETELY understand just doing it different. If your going to drag out front back rest and essentially give your "pistol" a rear stock area to ride the bags, use a rifle scope and shoot prone.....why not just shoot the rifle?
I have an XP, just sold an encore, had a sako single shot pistol and bla bla bla. I love the transportability(bush'ism) of a pistol but got my ass kicked in a field shooting position carrying one.
I guess my question is when does the advantage of shooting a pistol or handgun lose to the practicality of shooting a light rifle? 10lb pistol with two rest vs 9lb rifle?
The guy I just went hunting with will ALWAYS shoot a pistol and has made good hits to 700 as I have seen posted here before. I am in awe of that shooting and would just like your/all opinions of when or if does it lose practicality? Just curious of thoughts not trying to question or justify another persons shooting.........