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Old 11-13-2011, 10:05 AM
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Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

Well I'm thinking of buying a hunting pistol. I donít know what to get. In the area I live during the regular hunting season its shotgun only no rifles. But there have been many missed opportunities to take game at longer ranges due to the limitations of the modern slug gun.

My thoughts are a pistol that can take game out to 400M. I do allot of tree stand hunting as well as sitting on the ground. Im not going to have one built at this thime so I need something available.

What are your thoughts suggestions? What should I be looking at?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:27 AM
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

You mentioned slug guns only. Is it also straight walled only for handguns - or does your area allow bottlenecks for handguns? Also, did you check out Savage's 220 slug gun for long range slugging?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:49 AM
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

Ya I can own any pistol I want no issues. I know the slug gun you mentioned but I'm not looking at putting anymore money into slug guns or muzzle loaders.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:59 AM
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

I've shot my own TC's and a friend's Rem XP. I would take the XP for consistency. The TC's are inexpensive and can shoot small groups, but they are not problem free (in my experience). For cartridges, I found the 30'06 to be a bit uncomfortable, while I enjoy shooting the .308. Just that little bit of extra recoil pushes it out of the comfortable zone for me (personal preference). I've had good groups with .223, .243, .308 and .30'06. I have also had some fail to fire and some flyers. You might enjoy something like a 7mm-08 barrel, or a 6.5 of some sort.

I bring up the TC's because I think you are more likely to find them on short notice and you mentioned that was important. They can shoot well, but there are some problems with em.

I really enjoy shooting mine with a .223 barrel on it, otherwise I wouldn't still have them. I have to say, I feel like I am recommending a cheap beer to you or something similar. I first got my TC's because I heard of how fun they are with a .223 barrel (they are ). I think if you want a long range hunting pistol, there are better options out there (trigger, fit, consistency, strength). I am tempted (another project) to go with a Savage Target action, and build a long range shooter out of it, but I am not looking at doing that any time soon. I wouldn't mind trying one of the MOA handguns and seeing how well they shoot. If I was looking for a dedicated long range pistol, I would not go with a TC.

If for some reason, you can't find a better gun and end up going with a TC, you might enjoy reading this : http://www.6mmbr.com/gunweek055.html It is in the rifle config, but it is about the best I have read about someone getting out of a TC encore.



Best of luck!

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:53 PM
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

Thanks I was thinking about a TC but the bolt guns realy look better. In not sure what to pick yet.
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

For ease of lurning to shoot. A bolt gun had Contenders for years could not shoot them. The Contenders shoot its getting use to shooting them. Picked a XP first shot it went where I wanted it to. I only shoot Mid grip bolt guns. I only shot rear grip once didnt like it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:16 PM
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Re: Looking for advice, opnions, experience on a hunting pistol

Thanks I think I know what your refering to but just for clarty whats mid grip?
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