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Old 01-04-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Why did the Savage and Remington bolt action pistols die?

I have lusted after an XP-100 from the time I seen one in an old Gun Digest my dad had. I prefer the rear grip over the center grip.....

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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If I remember correctly, Weatherby had one too. Personally, I wasn't much into the idea, although a TC Contender has intrigued me for some time.

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I thought it was the best of both worlds. You get a pistol with the accuracy of a rifle in a easy to carry package.

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I think the niche was just too small for a regular production bolt hand gun. Aside from silouhette shooters, there's not much that a bolt hand gun can do that a Contender can't, and the Contender is more versatile and cheaper. Witchita still makes a bolt and I think HS Precision has one currently available too.

I like the center grip XP's better, but I always figured Tango as a "rear grip" kinda guy...

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Why did the bolt action pistol die?
Because it wasn't made of plastic and come with 30 round clips?
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I think the TC Contender killed them--it's what everyone in Montana moved to that wanted a rifle platform in pistol size weapon in the early 80s...

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the pistol/rifle was pretty much in my opinion a gun rag driven fad. TC was the only one that really got it right with all their interchangeable barrels and such. the rest pretty much died off to lack of sales. i remember in the 80's the huge promo given to double stack 9mm if your handgun didnt have 15+ rounds it was utter crap according to every gun magazine guru out there. the pistol/rifles were the same basic thing. TC got the concept right so they made and continue to make money at it today.

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You could easily make the XP-100 a switch barrel then add different bolt heads and you have tons of calibers at hand.

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You could easily make the XP-100 a switch barrel then add different bolt heads and you have tons of calibers at hand.
I think "easily" is a stretch--you must have a LOT more tools than I have--I'm jeolous!
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I've seen switch barrel XP100's set up with a Savage style barrel nut but the bolt face diameter would have to be the same.

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