T. O'Heir, you really oughta go back through and read all the thread. You'll find which sort of bullet was used.
Carrying a pistol along on a hunt is not all that uncommon. For some, the primary intent can be either a coup de grace or possibly small game such as hare or ptarmigan. For others, it's the utility in the event of problems from two-legged predators.
While it's easy to do the armchair criticizing of such as the OP having slung his rifle, the reasons were quite obvious...
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