June 2000

Hunting Handguns: We Find Good Choices For Varminters

Thompson/Center’s Encore, the Savage 510F Striker, and the Magnum Research Lone Eagle all shoot well and handle well. For once, we’d be happy with any of the three.

[IMGCAP(1)] It wasn’t too many years ago that hunters who wanted an accurate, but controllable, handgun for hunting small or medium-sized game had very little to choose from. That situation has changed for the better in the last 10 or so years, and consumers now have plenty of options from which to choose. In fact, as in the rifle market, they can even pick action styles in their handguns, choosing from break-actions like the Thompson/Center Contender and Encore models, bolt actions from Savage, Remington, and Weatherby, and cannon-breech guns like those made by Magnum Research.

Each manufacturer is looking for the best way to skin the cat, of course, and recent testing we conducted on th...

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