Starting Over..

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by flyin lizard, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. flyin lizard

    flyin lizard Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Greetings fellow long range shooters. In a fit of stupidity about 10 years ago I sold my T/C Contender super 14 that had been rechambered by SSK Ind. to a 358 JDJ. The cartridge was fantastic and I filled a lot of deer tags over the years with it..

    So now want to get back into handgun hunting with a long range option, say 5 to 600 yards..

    So my main question is should I go back to a T/C of some sort or are there better systems available now..

    I really like the look of the Savage Striker.
    I own 3 Savage rifles and am very happy with them , or what about the xp-100's.

    The primary target animal would be whitetails, with a few woodchucks during the summer months, Caliber suggested welcomed and I already have a 300wsm rifle so thats an option too if its available
  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    There is a Savage Striker 300WSM in the sale forum, it would be mine but Christmas is supposed to be about giving to others not just me :D Also stupidly traded my Contender of on a truck I had to have, I've all ways wanted the Contender back not the truck!!
  3. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

    Jun 18, 2007
    Flying Lizard,
    When it comes to LR hunting the TC's are not my weapon of choice.
    I like the XP-100's,
    MOA Maximum's:
    MOA Corporation Homepage
    MOA Maximum Handgun
    The Striker's are typically quite accurate but have a unsatisfactory trigger.
    If, converted to a rear-grip, you can get a good trigger.
    Purchasing a non-designated action Savage Target action or almost any action you can think of, and then you can build a rear grip SP.
    Cartridges I use the most would be: 6.5-284, 6.5 WSM, 284 Win, 7mm SAUM or WSM.
    The 260 Rem and 7-08 Would also get you there as well, but would be pushing it to the edge of their capability in a SP
    I also have some larger cartridges that would be overdoing it for 5-6 hundred yard hunting.
    A break-open that I really like but have not had the time to use a lot yet is Freedom Arm's Single-Shot specialty handgun.
    Interchangeable barrels and the barrel is free floated.
    The chambering I will be using the most is is a 6.5x55 Swede Improved
    The MOA SP also has a free-floated barrel.
    This would also get you to your desired max distance on deer.
  4. bar63

    bar63 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    If you had a JDJ once and parted with it, you can be forgiven for that. Go back to SSK and look at 309 JDJ or 338JDJ#2. If you could handle the 358, the 338 will seem WAY COOL!! Speed is your need? Check out the 6.5 Mini-Dreadnaught that SSK offers. Personally, I am a 309 guy. The 6.5 Mini will offer 400yds. in the compact (relative to the SP arena), easy to handle, TC framework. The man in Ohio knows what he is doing with TCs.
  5. ewallace

    ewallace Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    When long range hunting with a SP I pick a XP-100 or a custom action here is a pic of my 330 Dakota XP-100 with a 18" 10 twist broughton barrel gunsmith Nawakwa Accuracy


    I shoot the 225 accubond at 2880 fps and the 300 g SMK at 2544 fps with good results on elk and deer
  6. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I'd avoid anything with J.D. Jones name on it! That's is unless you got deep pockets.
  7. flyin lizard

    flyin lizard Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Think I'm gonna go with the M.O.A. maximum in 6.5 x 47 lapua..
  8. ammohouse

    ammohouse Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I love my T/C setups for the shooting that I do.
    My 6.5x284 is still new to me and I haven't killed anything with it yet...but I know its a shooter.
    I'm cheap and can't afford the shooters that Ernie has, but he does have TONS more shooting time than I do.
    So if you got the money, take his advice and you can't go wrong.
    So far long range to me has been around 500yds...that's spitting distance for Ernie! :)
  9. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2006
    I think you will be very happy with it. I was out with mine Thursday coyote hunting. It's a 6.5x284.
    My son and I have taken some antelope out in WY with it along with some deer here in WI.
    My 7 Sundance MOA (376 Styer case) has also dropped a nice mule deer last year, didn't make it out west this year ;-((((
  10. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Ewallace, That Dakot looks like the perrrfect set up for my JEEP gun:D