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#3048587 - 11/25/12 07:04 PM Handgun for white tails
FallRutSpringStrut
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I am thinking about buying a handgun for whitetail hunting. I have always thought that it would be fun to try. Anyone with experience in handgun hunting? What caliber, barrel length, and no scope or scoped. I don't want a cannon but enough to get the job done. Maybe a 41 mag. I can reload so the sky is the limit.
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#3048633 - 11/25/12 07:21 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: FallRutSpringStrut]
30-06 type of guy
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Get on youtube an type in "glock hunting" they are using a glock 40 forgot which generation but thats all they hunt with. They also put an elk down with it too kinda nice
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#3048689 - 11/25/12 07:42 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: 30-06 type of guy]
JSPAL270
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I carry my S&W 40 cal with me and if I get the chance I am going to give it a try but I have my 270 as well and I have not let one get into pistol range
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#3048766 - 11/25/12 08:04 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: JSPAL270]
oakclimber
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Glock 20 sf. 10mm will do the trick
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#3048773 - 11/25/12 08:07 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: FallRutSpringStrut]
Almartin
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Thompson Center contender in 7-30 Waters 120gr. Nosler BTs works pretty good. One of my buddies has taken 2 this week with his.
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#3048779 - 11/25/12 08:11 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: Almartin]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: Almartin
Thompson Center contender in 7-30 Waters 120gr. Nosler BTs works pretty good. One of my buddies has taken 2 this week with his.


"handguns" in rifle calibers don't count ;\)
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#3048784 - 11/25/12 08:12 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: stik]
Trapper John
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Personally, I always wanted a Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 with the 9.5 inch barrel.
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#3048877 - 11/25/12 09:12 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: Trapper John]
backwoods7
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I carry a 4in super blackhawk 44mag everytime im in the woods deerhunting. Its hard to beat a 44mag for close range deer. I dont much care for a scope on a handgun i like the irons
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#3048921 - 11/25/12 09:53 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: backwoods7]
Crosshairy
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Look on gunbroker or on your local listings for a 41 magnum super Blackhawk Hunter. The hunter is no longer made very much, but it comes with a 7.5" barrel and has a built in optics rail with scope rings included. Also has good looking iron sights.

I was going to buy a 41 mag very recently, but changed my mind to a 44 mag since I don't reload (yet).

Everyone I talk to says to avoid pistol scopes and use either a red dot or iron sights. I am also buying a Primos trigger release monopod to use with it to extend my effective range while on still hunts.
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#3048922 - 11/25/12 09:55 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: backwoods7]
JGreg
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Love my ruger in 454 casual. I have a red dot 2 power on it shot several deer with it out to 75 yards, it is a fun gun to hunt with, and stick 45 colts in it to have some fun trigger time.
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#3049004 - 11/26/12 12:09 AM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: JGreg]
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I carry a 357 blackhawk with a 6" barrel and open sights for now.
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#3049189 - 11/26/12 07:38 AM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: Almartin]
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 Originally Posted By: Almartin
Thompson Center contender in 7-30 Waters 120gr. Nosler BTs works pretty good. One of my buddies has taken 2 this week with his.


I have a brother that shoots that one. My favorite is my 357 Herrett, although it's a bit much for deer (was designed for elk). A Contender in 35 Remington is a fine deer round.
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#3049353 - 11/26/12 09:11 AM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: BSK]
Kevin
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guy i worked with shot one with his springfield .45 1911
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#3049377 - 11/26/12 09:31 AM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: JGreg]
Slaughter-06
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I have a S&W 686 with a 8-3/8" Barrel in .357 I reload and loaded up some max rounds a few years back and shot a doe with it at 25 yards no pass through. I slipped up on her and put a second one in her and she went down. a cpupple years latter I shot a 8 pt. I was sitting on the ground he came by at 10 yards, He bucked and kicked at the shot never found any blood or him. I'm thinking the .357 is to small. but I want to try it one more time. Good luck!
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#3049383 - 11/26/12 09:37 AM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: FallRutSpringStrut]
wastingtime
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I have killed with my CZ75 9mm from 35 yards using hollow point rounds. The next year I killed with my Ruger Redhawk 44 at a closer distance. Both expired within 75 yards.
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#3050089 - 11/26/12 04:33 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: Slaughter-06]
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 Originally Posted By: Slaughter-06
I have a S&W 686 with a 8-3/8" Barrel in .357 I reload and loaded up some max rounds a few years back and shot a doe with it at 25 yards no pass through. I slipped up on her and put a second one in her and she went down. a cpupple years latter I shot a 8 pt. I was sitting on the ground he came by at 10 yards, He bucked and kicked at the shot never found any blood or him. I'm thinking the .357 is to small. but I want to try it one more time. Good luck!
What bullets did you load for it? The heavier bullets usually work best in a .357 mag. I killed one with a cast 158 gr. semi wadcutter. I've got some 180 gr. cast gas check flat points that are suppoosed to be awesome from what I hear. Some people say a 158 gr jhp or heavier jhp works good.
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#3050163 - 11/26/12 05:04 PM Re: Handgun for white tails [Re: ROVERBOY]
348Winchester
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45 Colt. I have a Ruger Blackhawk and a Smith Model 25. I have killed a half-dozen deer with this caliber and most have dropped in their tracks. My best load is a 250 grain Speer Gold dot hollow point and 21 grains of H110.
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