OP had a situation that he resolved with the equipment he had at hand. Some of us are missing that point. Shot placement is critical on big critters but stuff happens, he knows that and he was brutally honest about it. We all realize that his rifle was better suited to the task of a finishing shot and that there are better handguns for the task as well. I've toted a .45ACP on many hunting trips but I know my Blackhawk in .45 Colt hits a lot harder and penetrates better. If I think I'll actually need a handgun to finish off a big critter I'll leave the ACP in the case and strap on the Ruger. Not my first choice for encounters with two legged varmints but I suspect it'll do just fine in that unlikely event.
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