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handgun for a quiet backpack gun?

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Unread 12-07-2008, 05:12 PM
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Location: Sandpoint, ID
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Re: handgun for a quiet backpack gun?

Makes sense that handguns are getting more accurate all the time. And the silhouette guys seem to be pretty hooked on the sport so there's got to be something to it. And apparently it's not a fad either- when I was growing up in CDA in the 80s I use to set up steel targets at Farragut to raise money for our local Civil Air Patrol squadron. I remember thinking back then that those guys were a little odd to be using pistols for those long shots

Dad had a Contender with a bunch of barrels that I use to swap out and shoot. Boy that .222 was loud! The .44 with the shotshell attachment was great for birds. Too bad my mom gave it away...arghh, don't get me started on that one.

Can anyone point me to a source that shows accuracy vs barrel length for handguns? Is the only reason that the unlimited guys are using 15" barrels to get their speed up?

Thanks again.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 06:29 PM
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Location: Kodiak, Ak
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Re: handgun for a quiet backpack gun?

Barrel length equals speed. Optimum length is dependant upon what is acceptable for the application. My application requires walking through a lot of big bear country to gain access to elevated country for sheep,goat and deer.
My 17" barreled 338 with 180grain Accubonds is a minimum cartridge for me. Up close and personal it will take the fight out of anything up close and personal. Hammers anything needed to 400 yards with more authority than needed. 17" 2840. 24" rifle barrel 3100fps.

160 grain T TSX at 3000fps from the 17" barrel is somewhat light for a 1200 pound bear and though it will probably do in a pich I feel more comforatble with the 180gr in a pinch.

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