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Old 08-10-2008, 09:17 AM
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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these pistols. Alot of online articles compare them to the contender style pistols. My local gun shop has one for sale in 7mm 08 with a bushnell scope and muzzle brake for $389.00 used in good shape. Is it a good deal or should i just stick with TC.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:44 PM
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Yes, I had one in 7mm-08 and loved it. It was super accurate. It had one problem when loaded too hot. The case would not extract due to the extractor jumping off the rim. I made a larger extractor that helped. Then I was told nickel plated cases would stop the problem. Funny that a light tap with a rod would remove the case.
The gun is so strong they tested it until the case melted and fused to the steel in the chamber without blowing up the gun.
I needed money and sold mine. I will forever miss it.
Factory loads are no problem at all and decent, accurate loads work too. Just don't get too hot and brass flys out.
The trigger pull is not that great but I managed to reduce the pull. It was still more accurate then most rifles.
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:21 PM
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I wanted one of these in the worst way, never got one.
Somewhere on this forum I thought I saw posts about the trigger pull on this gun being strange.
Here is some more info:
http://www.kitsune.addr.com/Firearms...Lone_Eagle.htm

I DO own a mountain eagle 17 shot .22,I love it!
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:35 PM
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I had one with a 358 Winchester anb a 223 barrel. Nice outfit.
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:39 PM
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Smile Lone Eagle in 30-06

Hey, Grab it if you can. They are great shooters and are unique. I have one in 30-06 and love it. Does the one you are looking at have a muzzle comp on it. The comp made all the difference in the world. I have a 4 X burris scope on it and can bust clay birds set out at 100 meters with it. I keep the bullet weights down to 100-130 gn. If you need a owners manual I have made a couple copies of mine so sharing is no proplem. I would recomend that you take a snap cap in the caliber that the gun is in to make sure that all in in good working order. To cock have the breach closed, on safe, pull lever on the left side, open breach and load. close breach take off safe and pull trigger. Get the gun, there are no more being made so get what you can.

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Old 08-10-2008, 05:48 PM
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I have owned 3 different Lone Eagle pistols over the last couple of years. One was in 308 Winchester and the other two were in 30-30 Winchester...

Both 30-30's would shoot 1/2" groups at 100 yards and the 308 would do 3/4" at the same distance - for 3-shot groups...

I'd give anything to have any one of those guns back, especially the 30-30's. These were some of the best factory handguns that I have owned and with over a thousand handloads through each gun, I never had a bit of trouble out of any of them....

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Old 08-10-2008, 07:19 PM
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I would say thats a good price. One buddy has one in 7mm08 and a another buddy has a 308. Both guns shoot very nicely. They both rave about them. I would snap it up.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:03 AM
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I have all three versions of this pistol in my collection starting with the first model marketed by Ordnance Technology. Magnum Research bought them out and updated there model to the Lone Eagle and quite production in 2001. Competitor Corporation bought them out and still makes the pistol in a much improved version. All versions shoot accurately and have enough mass to handle the heavy recoil produced by many chamberings. The price on the MRI pistol is reasonable but your limiting yourself when it comes to repairs and other barrels/chamberings. Don't know is MRI has parts and barrels/chamberings available or if you would have to acquire them from eBay/AuctionArms/GunBroker sites.

GunBroker currently has a Competitor Pistol in 307/308 listed selling for around $100 more with the S&H etc. Considering the updates, new features, availablity of parts and different chamberings this would be the route I would take. When you rotate the breach to eject the shell you also cock the pistol on the latest version. This does away with the side cocking lever. It has two safeties--one on the breach and one on the trigger similar to the Glock pistol. Pistol grips/stocks are available made in hard rubber/plastic and laminated wood. Personally I like the laminated wood grip the best for fit, feel and comfort. Barrel changes are easier and faster with the last version.

After examining all three models the last model has been improved with considerable engineering expended.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:06 AM
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Hey guys thanks for all the input its what i wanted to hear. Just one more question about the muzzle brake. Do you think it would be louder than a rifle or unmanagable?
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:04 PM
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Yes Sir, in a 15" pistol barrel it WILL BE LOUDER than a rifle barrel!!! Wear plugs and muffs both, just to be on the safe side cause that sonny-gun is gonna be loud....

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Old 08-11-2008, 07:02 PM
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muzzle comp

The noise is fantastic. I had mine at the range and the guy two benches down stopped and wanted to know what the heck I was shooting. I use both ear plugs and muffs over them. The comp is a must have. Shot groups go from 3 inches to >1 inch with the comp.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:38 PM
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Now I'm going to throw this out there for discussion only. I'm not trying to start anything. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,have you considered a Savage Striker? I have a SS 308 with no break. It shoots amazingly well. My buddies have Lone Eagles, I have the Striker. The Striker holds 3 and the Lone Eagle hold 1. The Striker is a bolt, the Lone Eagle has a rotating breach load with a lever cocking assembly. I'm just throwing it out there...........discuss!
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:53 AM
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Can't! Both good guns, just depends on what you like.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:01 PM
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Pardon this necro-post, but you seem to be the freshest source of data.

I have the Lone Eagle (Ordnance Tech) in .30-06, and swiss-cheese muzzle-brake.
I then successfully bid on the .444 Marlin set-up, and it seems to have no rotary-
breech parts with it. Bore is very sharp and clean, and my quandary is, "Does
the breech / firing-pin / extractor etc. somehow dismount (screws, pins, etc.) from
the one barrel and mount onto the other?" If not, are breech-parts available
anywhere? This later, long-stock model L.E. shoots 30-06 like they were .22 LR,
except for the muzzle flash!!! Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:39 PM
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Lone Eagle the forgoten one.

Part's are almost imposable to find.
I have two Lone Eagles 260 Remington with muzzle break and 7mm08 with muzzle break. I shoot cast bullits in the 7mm to plink in the back yard and need the 260Rem throated to except the 140 gr cast that I shoot in my 6.5-225 Imp. in Contender. It goes into the cast to fare.
I am looking for a ouners manual to see how the breach comes apart. I want to make a couple firing pins that everyone said does break. I want to try to heat treat them and see how they work.
I never have broke mine yet and have shoot the 260Rem 500+ rounds and the 7mm three times that many.
Anyone has a copy of a manual let me know. Thanks D.J.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:22 PM
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If you're looking to go that route and like the style of the Lone Eagle, wait, save a bit and go with a Competitor. Besides being a current model (parts, service) it allows MUCH easier and more affordable changing of barrels and chamberings and offers a near endless selection to choose from. Have one myself finally and it is like the others I've talked about and shot - a tack driver.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:09 PM
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7mm08 competitor barrel for sale

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Old 03-09-2013, 10:40 PM
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I had one in 308 and in 223. I shot the 308 a lot, and never need a muzzle brake. If you can handle a 44 mag then you can handle a 308 without a muzzle brake.
I wish I still owned it, but I had a new baby in the house, and sold it.
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