[QUOTE=sigmatero;244579]Question for you guysÖ Iím wanting a quiet backpack gun for when I go archery hunting and muzzleloading since I often see coyotes and bobcats and would love to pop them but donít want the noise. I plan to build a .338 Spectre (subsonic 300 gr SMK) that should be good out to at least 200 yards. Iíll be using a suppressor. Weight, but more importantly compactness, is a concern.
I got my first coyote with a Contender in 6tcu, based on a 223 case.
Iím thinking of a Contender pistol with a 15Ē barrel and a scope. This will also let me use the handgun for silhouette shooting if I ever decide to try that.
I also use it for silhouettes which has GREATLY helped my hunting. Lots of great people and you can usually try other shooters guns to see what they are like, so you don't have to buy one first to find out what they are like to shoot.
Iíve never hunted with a handgun. How *practical* is it? Iím use to shouldering a rifle and firing. Is a handgun accurate out to 200 yards for small game or does it take a lot of practice (silhouette, etc) to get there? Or is there a practical way to rest the handgun while hunting?
You won't get the fast shots, at least I don't . I got my last coyote at 249 yds with my Savage Striker in 22-250 resting on a pair of 5/8 hardwood dowels set up as shooting sticks.
Any other tips to get what Iím after? Thanks.
I know this guy named Len that on his first time shooting a XP 100R in 260 shot 2 shots just outside of a 1" dot at 100 yds off a bench then took a shot sitting with shooting sticks and got that shot right in the center of the dot ;-)) I believe your shooting ability from rifles will carry over to handguns.
If you want a custom holster try Dave at QuietHide Holsters
BTW I use rifle scopes on my handguns, even my new Savage in 338/300 WSM. That's a 4.5x 14 Lupy on the Striker in the pic.