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Old August 19, 2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Handgun Hunting... What do you use?

I was thinking about starting to hunt whitetail with a handgun and I was wondering what y'all hunt with. I don't have a hunting handgun yet but I'm thinking something in .357
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Old August 19, 2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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Get a 41mag or 44mag .They be a good bit better than a 357 and they will be controlable. Larger cartridges are harder to control.
Then PRACTICE !! Metallic silhouette matches are the best way.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:01 AM   #3
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A Ruger Super Red Hawk in .44 Mag. They are built like a tank, and the heavy weight of the Ruger SRH helps to tame recoil.

If you don't reload, .44 Mag (easier to find ammo). If you do reload, then .45 Colt and .41 Mag are also good options. The .454 Casull can also shot .45 Colt.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:07 AM   #4
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I used to borrow a friend's .44 mag S&W. Had a six inch barrel and was super accurate. But the urge to handgun hunt left me before I bought my own and now I just rifle hunt.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:07 AM   #5
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Nothing its illegal to hunt with a handgun here. Or bow and arrow.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:10 AM   #6
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manta49,

Sorry, to hear that. Can you even have a compound bow?
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Old August 19, 2012, 09:42 AM   #7
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When I get the itch to handgun hunt deer I use a Ruger Super Redhawk in .44mag with a 9.5" barrel.

Recoil is fairly light because of the mass of the gun and it hits hard. I think its very controllable and its easy to shoot.
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Old August 19, 2012, 10:16 AM   #8
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I use a 375 JDJ or a 45 long colt.

I would definately reccomend a 44 mag or 45 LC for out to 75 yards. Something in a T/C Contender for longer range.
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Old August 19, 2012, 11:49 AM   #9
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357 will get the job done, but it's the minimum caliber in our state. I use .44 magnums (629 Perf S&W, Desert Eagle). Easy to find off the shelf ammo anywhere in the country. For the smaller southern subspecies of deer the 357 will work fine, for the big northern brutes you may want to opt for the bigger calibers.
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Old August 19, 2012, 12:27 PM   #10
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As has been said, the 357 will get the job done but....

....especially just starting out handgun hunting, I would also opt for the 41 mag on up.

The least legal cal. handgun cartridge to deer hunt with in Ohio is .357.

Years ago, it's what I started out with. Thinking the .357 would be the easiest to learn to hunt with in all areas, especially recoil. Found out since handgun hunting deer is much like bow hunting deer, I needed all the help I could get and soon went to the 44. , After a few years went to the 41,45lc and back to the .357.

The last ten yrs.or so, I've settled back on the 41mag as being my fav. as reloading is as much fun hunting. I can tailor my loads to what I'm doing.
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Old August 19, 2012, 12:30 PM   #11
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Quote. Discern.

manta49,

Sorry, to hear that. Can you even have a compound bow.

I'm afraid not.

Prohibition of certain methods of killing or taking wild animals.
11.-(1) Subject to the provisions of this Part, if any person-
...
(b) uses for the purpose of killing or taking any wild animal
any self-locking snare, whether or not of such a nature or
so placed as aforesaid animal, any bow or cross-bow or any
explosive other than ammunition for a firearm;

he shall be guilty of an offence.
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Old August 19, 2012, 01:39 PM   #12
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I use .357 mags, .44 mags and a .460 S&W mag. They all have their place and I have taken deer with all calibers. All will do their part if you do yours.

Many carry a handgun as a backup to a long gun. It is not really handgun hunting till you leave the long gun at home.
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Old August 19, 2012, 02:40 PM   #13
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Old August 19, 2012, 04:14 PM   #14
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I prefer my dan Wesson 357 with the 8 inch barrel. Generally use speer 146 gr JHP.

I had a friend who hunted White Tail in AR using his 1911. He all ways filled his tags. Generally, one shot.
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Old August 19, 2012, 05:25 PM   #15
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Mine is a Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter in .45 Colt, with a Leupold 4x scope.

Bear season opened here on the 1st of the month, and I'll be out looking for one this next weekend.

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Old August 19, 2012, 06:32 PM   #16
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Ruger SRH 454, Ruger TH 44 mag, or TC contender 7-30 waters. Depending on what area I will be hunting.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:22 PM   #17
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Old school, blame it on my cowboy up bringing, I like my 6 shooters and I like my iron sights. The first gun on the far left is my Dan Wesson, (.357 Mag), and was my deer gun for 26 years. The gun on the far right used to be my woods walking gun but those days are gone, now it is my deer stand gun, Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 magnum. The gun in the middle is my S&W M58 41 magnum and it is my carry gun if I am going walking in the woods. It replaced my 44 because it was half the weight easier to holster carry and nearly as powerful. All 3 guns proven performers out to 100 yards when I pay attention to the basics and shoot like I know what I am doing.

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Old August 19, 2012, 08:27 PM   #18
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I'm really starting to like the Dan Wessons but I can't seem to find one anywhere
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:28 PM   #19
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I killed this 130" whitetail a few years ago with my 44 magnum Encore with Bullberry 10" barrel and Leupold 2x scope.



This year I'm gonna carry my S&W 629 44 mag with 6" barrel and Millet red dot sight.

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Old August 19, 2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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Bisley Blackhawk .41Mag, with 17.5gr of 2400 pushing 215gr LSWCs to 1350fps. Might tone it down a bit, tho, & try some 9.5 or 10gr Unique loads under the same bullet.
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Old August 20, 2012, 12:44 AM   #21
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Single-six 22Mag 9.5''
T/C 7-08 16''
Ruger Super Red Hawk 454 7,5

357 is a good round,just like to hit them a little harder.
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Old August 20, 2012, 01:22 AM   #22
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Ruger blackhawk 6.5" 41mag. Gets the job done everytime and factory ammo is get aesier to find if you dont handload.
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Old August 20, 2012, 10:34 AM   #23
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A .357 with good heavy 180gr SWC or HP's is fine for whitetails. You'll have no problems going thru a deer with em. But I caution you. I carried a handgun in the field for many a day, not any more. They're too loud (I HATE using hearing protection in the field) and my hunting time is so limited anymore I prefer to have something better for the job at hand. If you're just bored as heck hunting with a long gun and seeking a challenge than by all means try a handgun. Been there, done that, not for me.
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Old August 20, 2012, 11:59 AM   #24
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If I'm going to hunt with a handgun then I use a handgun, something I'd carry anyway. I've taken WT Deer with 1911 .45 and SAA .45. If you're using a 1911 you need to be close.
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Old August 20, 2012, 12:04 PM   #25
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My nephew borrowed my S&W 629 last season,,,

He popped a small 6-pointer at about 45 yards from a stand.

If I recall correctly he used Winchester 240 grain soft point ammo,,,
At least that's what was with the gun when he borrowed it.

I got a nice pack of venison from the 6-pointer,,,
I consider it good trade for the loan.

This year he wants to borrow my 6" S&W 686.

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