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Stoeger Cougar - Range Report ( Also question )

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Josh45, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Just got back from the range shooting my new to me Stoeger Cougar 8000F ( 9mm). I have to say, It is a joy to shoot. I shot my reloads out of it in attempt to find a decent load for it.

    Being they were starting loads and some were mid range loads, I have to admit that even compared to factory, This thing took them without a hitch. Not one hiccup with start loads or mid range loads. I was using fast powders and 124 Gr HP bullets. Such as TiteGroup and BullsEye for now. I have so many more to test.

    Just wanted to see if it would malfunction but oh no, Not this guy. Took em all down like a champ. Spit out the spent cases from about 3-4 feet from where I was standing. That was a good thing as it got dark and way to hard to find brass!

    Accuracy - Well, New gun to me so I normally was pretty bad. A lot of low and left shots. Some didn't even group and only 2 loads did group worth even bother trying to reload for. I think more range time and some snap caps should take care of that issue.

    Trigger - I only shot it in SA mode. I don't care for DA mode right now. What I can tell you is that it does have some creep in it and the SA trigger wasn't to bad, Just a tad heavy. Could use a bit of work on that trigger. Then again, I was never a crack shot so take that for what it is worth.

    Recoil - Like I said before, Took it like a champ. Factory rounds which were 115 Gr RN fed no problem and recoiled pretty well. I still prefer my reloads over it. Very nice recoil wise. I enjoyed it.

    Sights - 3 dot Novak if I am not mistaken. Easy to line up and get you on paper.
    Have no complaints about it.

    Takedown - Man.....This thing is a joke to field strip. Putting it back together tho, You should pay attention because you need to line it up with the barrel due to it being the rotating kind.

    Hand Fit - Comfy. Very comfy. Feels natural to me in my hands. Brother also likes it better than his Sig Sauer SP2022.

    All in all, I have no qualms about buying this pistol and honestly think I made a good choice in buying it. I am happy with it and am now looking to get a good load for it and perhaps carry it since I already have a holster that fits it very well.

    Also, I have one question. I am trying to find the rifling for this gun but am having a bit of a hard time finding it. I have the little bag with the spent case from factory and it has the rifling on it.

    It says " Rifling: 6L 6G RH "
    What does that mean? I would like to know also what weight would work best with this rifling if any one can help me out there, I greatly appreciate it.
  2. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    6 Lands, 6 Grooves, Right Hand twist? I dunno how you could have 6 Lands and any other number of grooves, come to think of it. But what else could it be?

    That obviously tell you nothing about the twist rate, sorry.

    Edit: It's been awhile since I played with one. But if IIRC it looked like the barrel might even start to rotate while the bullet is still in there. Maybe just a hair, if at all. I was always curious about this.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  3. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Man, I feel so stupid. Haha, That does make sense to me. And as far as I can tell, The barrel turns when the round has been fired and sending the slide back to get a new round fed into the tube. That is the only time I ever noticed the barrel rotating.

    Then again, I am no expert on this firearm. So, I think I will wait patiently. And thank you for the insight.
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    IIRC the rifling twist is 1:9.8"...call it 10"

    It should shoot more accurately with heavier slugs
  5. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Thank you 9mm
    Your the second person who has said 1:10 Twist Rate.
    I will keep trying with the 124 Gr and then some 147 Gr when I run out of the 124
  6. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    Berettas well kept little secret, the Cougar is a great gun. I gave mine to a buddy to serve as his first CCW handgun. Never skipped a beat on me.
  7. COgunner

    COgunner Well-Known Member

    I loved everything about mine except the grip angle. Being more accustomed to the 1911, my natural point of aim with the Cougar was always low. Functioning was always perfect and recoil almost non-existent. Sold it and got a PPQ which I love even more.
  8. bad375

    bad375 Well-Known Member

    I love my 8045, I have big hands and it fits me perfect, has functioned perfectly with all my hand loads with no problems, great gun for the price
  9. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Well-Known Member

    Nice writeup, and enjoy your new pistol. :D

    I never miss a chance to join in on a Cougar discussion since they're not one of the most popular kids in school. I love my 8000F and recently bought the 8045. Terrific guns for the money. They're well built and fit and finish is on a par with the more expensive pistols out there. Here is my 9mm with some Beretta grips.

  10. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Those grips look good on you 8000F. I like the ones on them now but don't care all to much for them. Maybe one day, I will switch them. But for now it is fine.

    I love this thing and really thinking about making it my CCW.
    If it keep's on going the way it is doing now, Well not much to be said except that it is awesome gun and should be carried

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