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Old July 23, 2007, 07:53 PM   #26
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I've gone squirrel hunting with a Smith & Wesson model 35 22/32 target revolver. (Think of a "kit gun" with a 6" barrel). It was great fun, and having in the holster rather than lugging along a rifle was quite pleasant. As long as you keep your shots inside of 25 yards, the .22 handgun makes a delightful small game gun.
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Old July 26, 2007, 04:54 AM   #27
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I hunt with a S&W semi auto .22, a model 41.The gun is accurate & reliable.I also have S&W 629 revolver in 44MAG & COLT govt semiato in 38super.Although the s&w semiauto 22 is good, I prefered all the other guns exposed hammer feature when hunting.I find I can more silently pull back the hammer on a gun than work a slide on the model 41.Although not all agree, I prefer to hunt with a hammer down on a round, rather than the fully loaded s&w 22 with safety on.
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Old August 3, 2007, 05:04 PM   #28
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Late again

Folks: I be late again.
I know you got the Heritage: BUT look around for a Ruger Single Six
Get the 2 different cylinders Mag plus LR
Get the Single Six in .17
Holsters from Ruger @$35.00 each
and by gosh you'll have them covered

And I'll be jealous.

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Old August 3, 2007, 07:22 PM   #29
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beretta neos... there are debates but have you ever heard bad things about beretta... okay i know there's gonna be the guy that just got a piece of crap, but theres that guy with every gun of any manufacturer
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Old August 4, 2007, 05:10 AM   #30
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I've hunted with a shotgun and handgun, but feel that a handgun was just extra weight and I rarely got an opportunity to use it. A few buddies have also lost handguns while carrying them in a holster.

Once, I saw a rabbit and went after it with the handgun in one hand and my shotgun in the other. A deer jumped up and ran off before I could use either weapon. That was the end of "Two-Gun" Picher.

The shotgun can dispatch about anything a .22 pistol can, if you really need to kill it. If you just want to see if you can do it, the pistol can be fun, but in my experience, will often wound more small critters due to poorly-placed shots than kill them.

Hitting a black and white target on the range is much easier than hitting a brown critter in the woods. Because it's necessary to focus on the sights instead of the target with a pistol, the target is often difficult to see, so shooters tend to focus on the animal instead and shots go wild.

I use a red-dot sight on my handgun and it's much more effective in the woods. Problem is, it's not handy with that big lump on top, so I only use it when hunting with the handgun-only.

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Old August 11, 2007, 07:06 PM   #31
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Check local hunting laws.Carrying 2 firearms while hunting may be illegal in your state.
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