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.