Browning 35 wrote:
Yeah, there's a whole bunch of them. These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
My father was a real nut when it came to these kind of guns and he used to love his Contender. To me there were always kind of a neither 'Fish Nor Fowl' kind of gun, but I guess when handgun hunting season comes they really give you an edge on someone using a S.A. .44 Mag with iron sights.
Now these hunting and target type pistols that are Rifle caliber are extremely intresting to me. Like when i first look at them i compeltely wrote them off, but now i wonder what its like to shoot them as far as target shooting goes, have you fired these and whats it like
Out of those the one I have the most experience with is the Thompson Contender (because my father owned one and he had 6-7 barrels for various calibers with his) and the Savage Striker (a varmint hunting obsessed friend of mine owns one in 22-250 that's a varmint killing machine). I've never fired any of the others listed above, just heard and read about them.
To be honest the first time I fired a Thompson Contender was when I was about 12-13 and I was actually a little apprehensive about firing a pistol and that was chambered in a rifle cartridge. Just because my father could handle it (he was 6'5 and 240 lbs) didn't mean that I wasn't going to break my wrists if I tried it (I was kind of tall and skinny at that time). In all reality it really wasn't that bad just so long as you took a proper stance with the Contender (I think he took it easy on me the first time and I ended up using the .30 Herrett-eventually I ended up graduating to the .35 Rem and later the 45/70).
Now days with the newer bolt action pistols complete with muzzle breaks you now longer have to worry about a great deal of recoil while using full house loads. They maybe louder than all hell, but it does a great deal to cut down on the recoil. The newer offerings in this class also seem a whole lot more accurate than the Contenders of old (maybe it was just me, but shooting a .30 Herrett and then a .35 Rem and then a 45/70 at 12-13 while worried about banging the thing off my forehead from the recoil compared to shooting a 22-250 at 37 yrs old is quite a bit of difference in age, weight and experience and a huge decrease in caliber).
From what I understand there are even competition shoots with this class of pistols where they're turning in sub-moa groups (I don't have any experience with that kind of thing at all, just heard that they had them and watched a couple of those shoots on cable before). So they are very accurate. I've thought about buying one now and then (probably in .223 Rem or 22-250), but it's just one of those kinds of guns that I've never gotten around to buying or getting into. Maybe someday.
That's the best I can do, but other than those two particular guns the only experience I have with them is reading about them inside the pages of various gun rags.
Mr. E. Monkey wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:
Why do you want to shoot penguins? What did they ever do to you?
It's that smug, superior attitude of theirs, strutting around in their fancy outfits like they're better than everyone else. Yeah, burn in hell, you snobbish bird bastards.
And don't get me started on pandas!