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Old December 8, 2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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For about 4 or 5 years I have taken my Ruger Super Blackhawk along with me on deer hunts just in case one came in close enough; only thing was, when they were in close enough, the movement required to put down my rifle and pick up the revolver would have probably busted me.

However, I have fired twice with the .44 and missed both times.

Well . . .

This year I put an Ultradot on that bad boy and purchased a Primos Trigger Stick; I also had the .30-.30 leaning against a tree with the SBH in-hand as my primary weapon.

I was committed to the handgun.

Opening day, about 8:30 a.m.

I am on top a relatively small ridge on a strip of woods that divides two fields.

Coming across the bean field towards my vicinity are 4 deer.

They enter the hardwoods and come about half way up the ridge a little behind me, turn right and trot along the side of the ridge from my back to in front of me, but too far down the ridge for a good shot, so I figure I will just watch them disappear.

However, they turn and resume coming up hill.

When they crest the ridge, they are directly in front of me, but pretty far away.

The first one stops while the 3 behind it continue walking past the first.

I have the Ruger resting on the trigger stick and the brilliant dot covers about a baseball size area of the deer's torso. It is ROCK STEADY.

Should I shoot?

The distance makes me think they are all doe.

It ain't moving.


The SBH leaps skyward and when it returns to the trigger stick the 3 does are highballin' it outta there and I see 4 hooves in the air!

Let me tell ya, the use of that Ultradot and trigger stick turned that 7-1\2" handgun into a hand-held carbine.

Whereas with iron sights at that distance the front blade would have covered far too much of the deer to take a shot and know just where POI would be.

But the Ultradot, with that intense dot made me feel like I was almost playing some kind of video game.

And the Primos Trigger Stick removed all, I mean ALL unsteadiness.

Anyway, I wait about 45 minutes, and the deer has not moved.

I walk up on it and lo and behold, it ain't a doe, it is a 5 pointer, double-lung shot with a Ruger Super Black Hawk .44 magnum at a paced off, PACED OFF . . .


I take no praises on this one; other than the fact that I was a little less stupid than to wait to buy the Ultradot and Primos Trigger Stick.

(I was last year, though).

I guess ya get smarter as ya age!


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Old December 8, 2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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Congrats. I've been itching to give mine a try. I can't mount a sight on my Bisley SBH. So I'll have to stay within bow range. A Marlin 1894 (44 Mag) is all my dad hunts with up in PA. Under 75 yards that round is a hammer.

Awesome brother. Pics???
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Old December 8, 2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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Don't know how to do pics.

I have 'em on cell phone, but ignorant and confused by hi-tech.

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Old December 9, 2010, 01:59 AM   #4
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Between a .30-30 and a pistol I'd leave the .30-30 in the truck, I'd rather use the pistol out to 125 yards (and I don' need no friggin sticks either ).
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Old December 9, 2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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I took my 1st deer with a revolver this fall and it was very exciting. Way more exciting than I ever thought, so I can relate to your "WOW".
Just the anticipation of getting the perfect shot and identifying all the good rifle shots presented just added to the "WOW".
I have never bow hunted and am rethinking that now.
And I love to carry my old .30 WCF every now and again.
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Old December 9, 2010, 10:32 AM   #6
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In the past, I hunted with rifles and slug guns, but always wanted to just handgun hunt. 11 years ago, I decided that it was time. First deer I took was with my brother's scoped TC in .357 maximum at 125 paces. I was sold, and since have used either a Dan Wesson .357 or Ruger SBH .44 revolver to take my deer.

It certainly helps to do this after you've matured as a hunter and know which shots are appropriate to take and will ensure a kill vs. just maim. So far, all have been one shot kills, but that means I have passed upon shots that I considered, but then ruled out too.

Plus, it's easier and lighter to carry my revolver in the field in my shoulder holster, than any of the long guns I own.

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Old December 9, 2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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That is the neatest story I have read all day. I tried to quick draw a buck with my SAXD.40 couple days back that I walked up on. He got away before I could even think about racking my slide pretty thing thats for sure
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Old December 11, 2010, 05:22 PM   #8
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Congrats dude!! for doing it the way You wanted to do it!!
Thanks for coming!
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Old December 13, 2010, 01:17 AM   #9
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CONGRATS on your hand gun hunt.Watch out it gets to be a habit.I use a SRH 7.5 with a scope in 454 casull for deer & hog the more you use it the more you want too.GOOD story i enjoyed it.
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Old December 13, 2010, 01:42 AM   #10
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What bullet did you use? It worked real good.
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Old December 13, 2010, 01:50 AM   #11
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well done, ski
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Old December 13, 2010, 06:25 AM   #12
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He got away before I could even think about racking my slide this statement should make one think about having one in the pipe in a self defense situation.
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Old December 13, 2010, 06:37 AM   #13
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Good job

I have taken 3 whitetail bucks with my Ruger Redhawk in 44 mag. and I can understand your sense of WOW. There is a special feeling of acomplishment in taking a deer with a handgun. Good for you !!
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Old December 13, 2010, 11:48 PM   #14
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I used Winchester Black Talons, of which I bought 2 boxes when they received the death knell.

Probably enough to last the rest of my life, as I shoot weaker reloads on all but the hunt.


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