If looking at Coues deer as your largest game, then I would see 6mm as a minimum (like a 6XC) and 7mm as a maximum.
I would consider 7mm for the higher BC bullets (less wind drift especially).
I tend to find myself using 6.5-284, 6.5 SAUM, 6.5WSM.
in 7mm 284 Win, 7 SAUM, 7 WSM, 7 Dakota, and 7 LRM.
For the cartridges I have mentioned in a XP, the price is way over $1000.
Depends on the distances you intend to shoot/hunt at, and what game you are considering.
Not a Striker fan myself, but you can put one together cheaper than a XP for sure.
Another great hunting rig is the MOA Maximum.
MOA Corporation Homepage
I have MOA's in 6-284, 6.5x47, 6.5-284, 284 Win, and 7mm Mag Imp.
Lot cheaper than putting a custom XP together.
I use rifle scopes on my specialty pistols.
You might be able to find one of the rear-grip XP-100R's in 22-250.
What distances do you want to be able to hit steel or paper at?
What distances do you want to be able to kill varmints at?
What distances do you want to be able to kill big game at?
Originally Posted by Weston
So I think I've decided that I want a bolt action handgun, I roll my own so caliber is not really an issue, but I am not familiar at all on what type of action to look for xp100 striker, something else? I'm also unsure how the velocities are or what type of maximum effective range I should expect compared to a similar caliber rifle, the primary purpose of this gun will be to carry backpacking in the off season setting trail cameras and fixing fences, I'm sick of only having my glock on me and missing chances at lions or even coyotes more than 40 or so yards out. However I am also not opposed to using it to hunt coues whitetail, and anyone that knows coues know that the further you can shoot the better, I currently use a .338 LM for my long range big game hunting but carrying a 16 pound gun on backpacking trips sure gets old. So I guess I'm a complete newbie and just need some advice as to realistic distances I could shoot supported with one of these, and a recommendation on caliber (so far I'm thinking a 22-250 might be the way to go) as far as price goes, I would like to be in at around 1000 scoped but I could go higher if needed.