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Unread 05-30-2011, 07:07 PM
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Looking for some help.

I have several questions about this type of pistol. I am purchasing a Savage Striker in 7mm-08. The idea of having a rifle caliber in a pistol intrigues me. The previous owner said it has been bedded and recrowned and shoots sub 1" groups at 100yds. So here is where my questions start.
Being i have never shot a handgun like this what can i expect for recoil?
What bullet weight do you think would be best and how far could this thing actually be accurate to?
What powder or powders should i try?
I have herd of people having rifle scopes on the pistols how is that possible with such a small eye relief on the rifle scopes?
How much slower is it going to be vs a rifle (14" barrel)?

Given my desire to streach the limits of every gun i got i intend to do the same to this gun. Is it an unrealistic goal to be able to consistantly ring a steel target at 500yds with this gun?

THanks for all the help.
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    Unread 05-30-2011, 10:38 PM
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    Re: Looking for some help.

    I hunt with a center grip custom XP 7/08 with a 16.25 heavy barrel and recoil is very mild.

    I use 150 gr Ballistic Tips and have taken deer beyond 500 yards with it. some on this site have made longer shots with 7/08 pistols, but 518 yards is my longest on deer.

    I also use an intermediate eye relief 2.5x7 scope and dont worry about the eye relief.

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    Unread 05-31-2011, 06:01 AM
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    Re: Looking for some help.

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    I have several questions about this type of pistol. I am purchasing a Savage Striker in 7mm-08. The idea of having a rifle caliber in a pistol intrigues me. The previous owner said it has been bedded and recrowned and shoots sub 1" groups at 100yds. So here is where my questions start. Being i have never shot a handgun like this what can i expect for recoil?
    The recoil of the 7mm/08 in a handgun is pretty mild.

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    What bullet weight do you think would be best and how far could this thing actually be accurate to?
    I use 139 gr. Hornady Spire Points. Another bullet in the 140 gr. range would be fine as well. You don't want to go with too long a bullet (i.e., heavier) or velocity in a short barrel might not be enough to stabilize it.

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    What powder or powders should i try?
    You can use the same powder you would use for loading a rifle. If you like, peruse the Hornady manual as it has loads made specifically for handguns. I use IMR 4064.

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    I have herd of people having rifle scopes on the pistols how is that possible with such a small eye relief on the rifle scopes?
    I don't use rifle scopes on handguns but it apparently works for some especially if the gun is going to be used mostly for target shooting and providing you're shooting a relatively low recoil round.

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    How much slower is it going to be vs a rifle (14" barrel)?
    You'll probably lose 30 to 50 fps per inch of shorter barrel.

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    my desire to streach the limits of every gun i got i intend to do the same to this gun. Is it an unrealistic goal to be able to consistantly ring a steel target at 500yds with this gun?
    That would depend on the size of the steel target.
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    Unread 05-31-2011, 08:51 AM
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    Re: Looking for some help.

    With my 7-08 I used either the 120 NBT or the 140 NBT. H-4895 was the powder I used.
    AS far as rifle scopes on handguns this should help:
    Handgun Hunter Magazine - Rifle Scopes On Specialty Handguns

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...handgun-36059/
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    Unread 05-31-2011, 11:37 AM
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    Re: Looking for some help.

    thanks guys as always your a lot of help. I will have to wait until i shoot it to see if i think i could handle a rifle scope on it. Ill let you know what happens. Most likely be a couple weeks.
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