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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/09/2009 at 11:23
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I picked up a .17HMR barrel for my Contender. It is a TC CustomShop barrel 19" long (!). I want to use it for varmint & prairie dog hunting and general target shooting.
So, what scope? Thinking fairly long pdog shots and yep, I know wind is an issue. Are there handgun scopes that compensate for .17 bullet drop? I have seen riflescopes that are supposed to do that using a 17 gr. bullet, have no experience with them.
I'm a mid-range price shopper. Larger objective is good for my 62 y.o. eyes, but not mandatory. I wear prescription safety glasses to shoot.
I plan to use the TC Weaver style mount and a decent set of rings.
Any info greatly appreciated.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/25/2009 at 06:50
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Since you have a 19" barrel, want to use it as a handgun, and it is .17HMR, you may need a bipod or a set of shooting sticks.  Otherwise, holding that steady as a handgun is going to be a challenge.   My .17HMR handgun is a 12-inch S&W M647 and I use a bipod with it.  In any event, recoil is going to be nil.  You could use a rifle scope as opposed to a handgun scope. 

I am not aware of any handgun scopes that have larger than 8X magnification, so long prairie dog shots may be an issue.  I put a rifle scope on my M647 when I was figuring out whose ammo it liked, and shooting a handgun with a rifle scope was not too bad.  I would not do it with a hard kicker, but it is fine for a rimfire.

In fact, I suggest a rifle scope, especially since you could swap your pistol grip for a butt stock and have a legal rifle.  Just be sure your barrel length is always 16" or greater.

For prairie dogs and long distances, high magnification is the order of the day and FOV is less important.  I would look at scopes of at least 10X power. 
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