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Why do you use handguns?

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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:53 PM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

I started out because I cant use a rifle where I deer hunt but wanted to shoot out to 600 yards. Now I am just hooked!
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Unread 05-15-2009, 09:35 PM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

Bob Milek and Steve Herret's article's got me hooked back in the 80's. Bought a 10" 44mag and a 14" 7 TC/U and started reloading for them, then had to sell them(needed a Frig) and wanted to replace them ever since. I ended up with a Contender frame after my Grandfather passed away a few years ago and it all came back now I own 2 XP's and 2 Contender barrel's. I completed a Dream of killing my first Whitetail with a Handgun and then went on to shoot a buck and a doe Antelope.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 12:41 AM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

is the Striker or the TC gonna be a better or cheaper way to start?
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Unread 05-16-2009, 12:53 AM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

I would choose a bolt rig (XP, Striker, etc.) or a falling block action (MOA Maximum) over a break action any day.
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Unread 05-17-2009, 10:51 AM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

Originally Posted by sambo3006 View Post
I also was influenced by Bob Milek. Based on his article on the .35 Remington in a handgun, I bought a barrel in the early 90's in that chambering for my Contender. I shot an antelope doe out in Wyoming at around 250 yds with it. Recoil was manageable and had plenty of pop. I no longer have the Contender but I still have the itch. Incidentally, I have taken two whitetails with my Ruger Blackhawk .41 mag. Not long range but pretty cool nonetheless.
Bob Milek.......period! 30 Herrett, 357 Herrett and the 1 inch group @ 200m...300 Herrett.
The Elmer Keith, the biggest long range "I killed that deer at 600 years" story teller who in turn....designed one the greatest hunting cast bullets....the SWC that's cast in every caliber from .357 to .500! I know......I cast them!
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I've shot out my shoulders shooting anything larger than .223
My safe is full of useless hardware no longer in use
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Unread 06-05-2009, 10:34 PM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

You just have to assume the Milek pose if you are having your picture taken with your handgun outdoors. It looks cool.
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Unread 06-09-2009, 03:31 AM
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Re: Why do you use handguns?

for me it was also my state hunting reg's. shotgun or handgun for deer. here in illinois you can use the 300 whisper so i got and encore and an OTT barrel and started testing the whispers limits. before long i was shooting 3" groups at 250 yards (alot of them) and that was it i was hooked on long range pistol shooting. it's also kinda cool to blow away some of the rifle guy's at my local range
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