Hunting pistol in 250 Savage on the cheap- recomendations?

cloverleaf

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Hey all-- A combination of XP Hunters post about a new Nosler pistol and todays trip to the surgeon and some stupid MN regulations that make a pistol legal in the "shotgun only zone" for deer have me thinking about a piston in 250-3000 Savage for deer next year. Knowing there is limited funds, whats the best way to get into a pistol in 250 Savage cheaply? Photos of your options make for interesting reading. Thanks CL
 
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Slimfinn

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Hey all-- A combination of XP Hunters post about a new Nosler pistol and todays trip to the surgeon and some stupid MN regulations that make a pistol legal in the "shotgun only zone" for deer have me thinking about a piston in 250-3000 Savage for deer next year. Knowing there is no budget, whats the best way to get into a pistol in 250 Savage cheaply? Photos of your options make for interesting reading. Thanks CL
Does the regulation allow any pistol? Montana requires them to be a straight wall cartridge not originally developed for a rifle, and limits the barrel to 10.5". Just curious.
But the cheapest way in would likely be a Thompson contender/encore.
 

cloverleaf

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Does the regulation allow any pistol? Montana requires them to be a straight wall cartridge not originally developed for a rifle, and limits the barrel to 10.5". Just curious.
But the cheapest way in would likely be a Thompson contender/encore.
I Forget what the minimum Calibre size is. Two guys I go with use use 300 Blackout in an AR "pistol" platform (legal) . I know 357 is legal. One fella used to use a Magnum Research 30-06. As I said, the reg is stupid. Its meant to limit the "dangerous distance" of a cartridge. "legislated safety" if you ask me.... instead of safety between the ears. CL
 

Blkram

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As mentioned above the TC may be your best option.
Might also want to see if the Savage Striker was so chambered.
 

truck driver

Ammo Smith
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The Thompson Center with a 14" barrel with a pistol scope shot off cross sticks is a hand rifle and will reach way out and touch something. One in 35 Remington loaded with 158gr pistol bullets is deadly at close range and light recoil.
I shoot my TC Contender with a long bipod attached to the forearm in a sitting position with a rifle scope on it.
 

KinleyWater

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Hey all-- A combination of XP Hunters post about a new Nosler pistol and todays trip to the surgeon and some stupid MN regulations that make a pistol legal in the "shotgun only zone" for deer have me thinking about a piston in 250-3000 Savage for deer next year. Knowing there is limited funds, whats the best way to get into a pistol in 250 Savage cheaply? Photos of your options make for interesting reading. Thanks CL
Hacksaw? :sneaky:
 

RL338

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Your best bet is to find an undesignated action.
Here is a couple places , not sure if these are sold undesignated would need to call and find out.


 

Slimfinn

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Other then the savage you could do; virgin Remington action $450+/-
Triger $150
Chambered barrel $350
Bottom metal $150 or (single shot $50)
Stock....upto $700 for a Manners but less expensive options including chassis type
Plus smith charges
 

cloverleaf

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Sep 10, 2006
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The Thompson Center with a 14" barrel with a pistol scope shot off cross sticks is a hand rifle and will reach way out and touch something. One in 35 Remington loaded with 158gr pistol bullets is deadly at close range and light recoil.
I shoot my TC Contender with a long bipod attached to the forearm in a sitting position with a rifle scope on it.
TD- I figure thats most likely what I can afford. Now the trick is finding one...CL
 

truck driver

Ammo Smith
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Ebay is full of parts for them and naturally Gun Broker is loaded with guns. (Don't get price sticker shock)
You might be better off buying a frame with grips and go from there to get the caliber you want since you can buy a new barrel from ED Brown's web site.
The high-performance rifle cartridges will recoil and you need strong hands for them unless you get a barrel with a brake and then the muzzle blast can be rather bad depending on the type of brake it has on it, the muzzle blast from a 14" braked barrel can be worse than the recoil just remember you are shooting a hand cannon.
 

JD338

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T/C would definitely be a good way to go. Not sure if a Contender would handle the pressure of the 250 Savage so you might have to go with an Encore.
A couple of options in the Contender would be the 7-30 Waters or the 7mm TCU which is based off the 223 Rem. I have a 7-30 Waters and it's pretty easy to hit 200 and 300 yards with it.

JD338
 
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