Looking for some help.

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by sniperjwt, May 30, 2011.

  1. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

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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?
    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.
     

  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    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.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member

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    The recoil of the 7mm/08 in a handgun is pretty mild.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    You'll probably lose 30 to 50 fps per inch of shorter barrel.

    That would depend on the size of the steel target.
     
  4. Ernie

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  5. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

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    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.