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Old September 4, 2000, 12:45 PM   #1
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Last year I took my camp 9, loaded with 147gr. Hydra shoks deer hunting. Never shot one, but my buddies said it was way underpowered. The local deer only weigh an average of 100#, and the range is usually under 30 yards. Is this setup humane?
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Old September 4, 2000, 01:25 PM   #2
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Check your local laws on the legality of using 9mm for deer hunting. Some states require certain calibers for big game hunting.
You should go with a larger caliber when taking deer. The 9mm does not have the range or penetration needed for a clean kill.
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Old September 4, 2000, 01:34 PM   #3
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It will work for the situation you have described, providing that you do your job. Just check your state reg's and make sure that it is legal to use this cartridge.

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Old September 4, 2000, 02:13 PM   #4
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It will work. Placement, placement, placement!!! If you are a reloader load some as hot as you can.
 
Old September 4, 2000, 02:47 PM   #5
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In Texas, anything centerfire is legal for taking deer.

My Camp 9 launches Triton's 115 grain HiVel at 1673 fps with excellent accuracy. I would not hesitate to take a deer with it inside 100 yards, which is often a long shot here.

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Old September 4, 2000, 02:50 PM   #6
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I, personally, would not recommend it.

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Old September 4, 2000, 05:56 PM   #7
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9mm is quite illegal in Indiana

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Old September 4, 2000, 09:43 PM   #8
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"Placement, placement, placement!!! "

Load as accurately as you can.

Wouldn't be my choice but bigger stuff has been killed outright with less.
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Old September 4, 2000, 11:51 PM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Spadone:
[ Is this setup humane?[/B][/quote]

No, it isn't. And just because some jurisdictions permit any centerfire for big game doesn't mean that you should hunt moose with a .22 Hornet. As Robert Ruark advised many years ago, "Use enough gun."

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Old September 5, 2000, 12:46 AM   #10
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just my .02ยข

humane? no.
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Old September 5, 2000, 08:10 AM   #11
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Don't do it.

9x19 was never designed to penetrate an animal's shoulder and reach its vitals. Sure, you may kill it. It's been done with a 22LR as well.....

Even a .357 Magnum is considered marginal for such use. Remember, it's the animal who suffers - and the sportsman's job to make sure he does not.

Use a rifle caliber.
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Old September 5, 2000, 12:13 PM   #12
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Hi, Spadone,

I hope you are not one of those people who do something just to defy conventional ideas, and to hell with anything else. The fact that you are even concerned about humaneness indicates you are not, so why go that route? The 9mm is not suitable for deer over 50 feet, for several reasons aside from legality.

If you are a stalker who can approach within a few feet of a deer and take a clean head shot, maybe. If not, leave the 9mm at home and use a more suitable cartridge.

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Old September 5, 2000, 03:33 PM   #13
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OK, seeing most everyone over here in The Art is opposed to hunting with a 9 mm lets see what the people over in Hunting have to say about this.

Everyone strap themselves in... Here we go....

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Old September 5, 2000, 09:12 PM   #14
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I don't like the 9mm Para for anything, let alone hunting. The 9mm just isn't accurate enough for me in my experience (YMMV). In my book, medium-size game handgun cartridges begin with the 357 Mag, loaded HOT!

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Old September 5, 2000, 09:54 PM   #15
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I learned what I needed to know on the subject some years back--

Medina County, Texas---I took a small hill country buck, under 100 pounds---Sierra 150 gr JHC .357 bullet at 1200 fps from a 4" Colt .357, range 35 yards, good rest, perfect hit: lung shot involving off shoulder. Classic mushroom expansion. He staggered for about 20 seconds before my follow-up shot.

I wouldn't go hungry if armed with a good 9 mm, or even a .38 special or .22 Hornet. But survival is different from a sporting hunt.

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Old September 5, 2000, 10:19 PM   #16
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No.
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Old September 5, 2000, 10:21 PM   #17
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I would never advocate choosing a 9mm to hunt deer with.

For one, it is illegal in many (most?) places.

For another, there is a good argument that it is boarderline immoral.

For yet another, if all you have is a 9mm, then it is high time to use my first two reasons as an excuse to purchase a "real" hunting rifle.
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Old September 5, 2000, 10:36 PM   #18
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9mm from a carbine length barrel, will it take deer up to 100 pounds? That is what was asked. The answer is yes it will. A 147 grain golddot handloaded very hot from the carbine length barrel should match a .357 mag revolver in terms of bullet weight and velocity correct? Follow up shots with the camp nine should be quick as well. Granted the range of the shot is limited, but it will work for deer up 100 pounds quite well.
 
Old September 5, 2000, 10:45 PM   #19
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Humane? NO

Why use a 9mm when there are decent rifles available for relatively cheap prices? You can even pickup a used .44 Mag for under $300 if you're intent on using a pistol. I occasionaly hunt deer with a Ruger Super Red Hawk. However, unless the deer is 50 yards in, I won't shoot it.

Most of the time, I use a .270 or 30-6.
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Old September 6, 2000, 06:37 PM   #20
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Way too underpowered and the 9mm round was only designed for two-legged creatures.

I doubt whether at that range wind drift wouldn't cause a bad shot and then we have a wounded deer.

The Camp 9 and 45 were designed for emergency uses and defense of the "camp" hence the name.

Better get a rifle/shotgun capable of reliably killing a deer.

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Old September 6, 2000, 06:43 PM   #21
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I have four pistols one of which is a ruger redhawk .41 mag 7 1/2 bbl I have been working with this gun for years now on the loads so I can trust it to take it deer hunting. No I wouldn't take the 9mm deer hunting.
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Old September 6, 2000, 10:10 PM   #22
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I'm a little confused; Many posters acknowledge that a 9mm out of a carbine-length barrel is equal to a .357 and endorse the .357 as adequate for deer out of a revolver, yet condemn the 9mm as a deer round even though Spadone pointed out that the range is under 30 yards. Could someone explain this discrepancy?
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Old September 6, 2000, 10:51 PM   #23
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That's what I have been trying to point out as well. Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Follow up shots, should they be needed, are going to be faster and more accurate than from a revolver as well. Thus it would seem to be a better choice.
 
Old September 7, 2000, 01:19 AM   #24
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Will it reliably penetrate through fur, hide and scapula and still make a clean kill? I don't know but it seems underpowered to me. No way I'd try it and around here we shoot Sitka black-tailed deer that often weigh in near 100 pounds. I don't know where you're hunting but I only hunt deer with a load capable of stopping brown bears.
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Old September 8, 2000, 01:09 PM   #25
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by patrickt66:
I'm a little confused; Many posters acknowledge that a 9mm out of a carbine-length barrel is equal to a .357 and endorse the .357 as adequate for deer out of a revolver, yet condemn the 9mm as a deer round even though Spadone pointed out that the range is under 30 yards. Could someone explain this discrepancy?[/quote]

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