I am close to ordering a new Merkel K4 stutzen. I would like to order in 7x65R, 2nd choice would be the 7x57R.
I will only be using RWS 177 grain ID classic projectiles or factory loaded ammo. My concern is not velocity loss from a short barrel, but more one of muzzle blast.
Has anyone had any experience with either of these cartridges in rifles of very short overall length and barrel length?
What was the muzzle blast like?
Rifle specs are 20" barrel and an overall length of just 91cm or 36"!
I would like a rifle I can use for rugged country in the summer months of Queensland Australia (40c plus and very high humidity) that I can put in a pack and keep both hands free for climbing.
This rifles dimensions and extremely light weight are ideal.
My main concern about the blast is I always hunt deer with my mate, a 3 year old German shorthaired pointer.
I don't want a flame thrower that will cause him to develop a fear of the gun.
Am I concerned about nothing?
Any thoughts or experience shooting very short rifles would be appreciated.
PS He is fine by my side shooting a R8 in 7x64. I just don't want to push it.