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Old February 1, 2012, 02:55 AM   #6
MZ84
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An entry-level handgun powerful enough to hunt deer is not an entry-level handgun, in my opinion.

You're looking at a .44 magnum Ruger Redhawk or Blackhawk, Smith 629.

But to me, a .44 magnum is a poor way to get into handgun shooting. They have a relatively steep learning curve to comfortably shoot when it comes to recoil and ammunition is harder to reload for than standard-pressure handgun rounds.

I'd consider starting with a nice .357 magnum with a six-inch barrel. It will definitely be effective against black bears. You can hunt deer, but it's certainly not an ideal caliber for the task.

Two cents. And have fun!
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