Ever tried your hand at handgun hunting?

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  1. #1shooter Member

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    My friend and I are planning our spring bear hunt and he decided to hunt with his 475 linebaugh. He took 2 deer this past season with it while I was unsuccessful with my 44. Anyone else tried their hand at pursueing game (big or small) with a pistol or revolver?
  2. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    I used my Ruger GP100 this year at the farm during deer gun season. I only got to hunt one day toward the the end of the week so it was kinda uneventful. I normally hunt with a bow, but I like the challenge with a revolver. Years ago I shot a pretty good buck with a Ruger Super Red Hawk in 44 mag at about 20 paces. Even with a revolver, I stick to archery tackle distances.
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  3. j4cub New Member

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    When I got my first 44 mag, a Super Blackhawk with a 10 1/2 barrel for shooting metallic silhouettes, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try it on Michigan Whitetails. Ended up getting a few with that SBH. Later I switched to a S&W 629 and then a 7 1/2" SBH as well as Contenders in 30-30 and 357 Herrett. MY favorite has to be the 629 but I ended up taking whitetails with all of them.
  4. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    Welcome to the MVP j4cub! I have been eyeballing a 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk for a while now. Just waiting to find one gently used at the right price. Do you use JHP or hard cast bullets for whitetails?
  5. #1shooter Member

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    I had to mount a scope on my 629, (aging eyes) but then you have to change out holsters and the gun loses some of its "handyness". I thought about trying a mini red dot like the burris fastfire but not sure if it will help me or not. Anybody with any experience with those type of sights?
  6. j4cub New Member

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    Thanks for the Welcome MechTech! I used the JHP with 4227. I was using the same set-up that I used for Metallic Silhouette with just substituting the 240 gr JHP for the FMJ. Made for a great all around load. I have a box of hard cast tat has been sitting under my bench that one of these years I'm going to load up and try out.
  7. j4cub New Member

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    Hi #1 Shooter,

    I haven't hunted big game with a red-dot but I have hunted small game and have also done a lot of bulls-eye shooting with Red-dots. For those of us with the aging eyes, the red-dots off er a lot of advantages. They are quick on target, you can stay focused on the game and where the dot is is where the shot is going.The newer ones are very small and light-weight so there is not nearly the bulk that you have with a small scope. I have hunted big game with a scope mounted on my 30-30 Contender and with the right holster, it really isn't that difficult to carry around.
  8. #1shooter Member

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    j4, how did you like hunting with the contender? I once had an XP100 221FB, it shot great but made a bad coyote gun (atleast for me) because it was near impossible to shoot offhand.
  9. j4cub New Member

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    The Contender is a fine gun for hunting as well as other sports. I have both a 357 Herrett and a 30-30 barrel for it. The 30-30 barrel I ended up mounting a 2.5 scope on it and it worked great and knocked the Whitetails flat. I carried it in a shoulder holster of the type that has a strap diagonal across your chest. Made for a sweet rig although you are not going to do any quick draws with it. It does take a lot of practice for off-hand shooting but you just need to know your limits. I always tried to find a rest even if it was just steadying myself against the side of a tree.
  10. #1shooter Member

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    I occasionally do some work for a sporting goods/gun shop, and I noticed they had a 6.5 tcu barrel for a contender and that really peaked my interest. It made me want a contender.
  11. SUBMOA New Member

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    Shot a small 6 pointer in the early 90's with a S&W 629 classic hunter 44 mag. Out of all the deer I've taken I’ve never seen one drop like that one, I was using a 240 grain federal Hydro Shock, and hardly damaged any meat. Dime size entry, half dollar exit.
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    I sure wish we had digital camera's back then. I'd love to see a picture of your buck and the resulting holes from the 44.
  13. SUBMOA New Member

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    Me too. I wish I had that one on video. The drop was impressive.
  14. j4cub New Member

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    I don't think that I ever got a picture of myself with any of the deer that I have been lucky enough to get over the years. A digital camera back then would have been wonderful. Now it seems like I always have one type of camera or another on me.
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    Now that I think about it, it would have been a funny video. I was sitting on the ground against a tree with a coffee in my left hand and a cigarette in my mouth when the buck walked up. I didn’t ditch the smoke, or the coffee for fear the buck would see me. I slowly picked the pistol up from my lap, rested it on my knee, slowly cocked the hammer and squeezed it off. I use that story all the time when my nephews ask me about cover scent.
  16. j4cub New Member

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    While not with a pistol, the first buck I ever shot was back in the 60's. I was walking through the woods the day after Thanksgiving, stopped to relive myself. About half way done, I happened to look up and there was a six point watching me about 30 yards in front. Reached back, grabbed my shotgun, took the shot and then finished business. By then I was shaking so bad I could barely walk.
  17. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    I have heard many stories like these over the years. I think the game that gets super spooky and is hypersensitive have been educated by hunters season after season. For the most part, deer are curious. I have had yearlings and 1 1/2 spike and forked bucks walk up to me in the woods to investigate when I had come out of my treestand. I had a button buck almost rub noses with me several years ago when I was hanging stands preseason. The ones to watch for are the mature does. They will pick you out and blow a hunt faster than any thing.
  18. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    I finally had the opportunity to take a whitetail deer with my Ruger GP100 6" .357 Magnum. I don't think I have ever been so excited to have killed a button buck! I have been contemplating this scenario all summer and practicing out to 75 yds with Barnes loaded Vor-TX 140gr copper solids. I wanted to shoot a doe in the 150 lb range to see how the bullet performs and get some perspective on using the .357 magnum for deer.

    So, the 2nd to last day of gun season here in Ohio, I got my chance. I shot a 125 lb button buck slightly quartering toward me at 40 yds from a treestand. The bullet entered the top of the right shoulder and exited behind the left shoulder. He ran about 45yds and piled up! I saw him drop, but I wanted to track the blood trail in the snow anyway. I followed his tracks in the snow from the point where he was shot and found no blood what so ever for the first 25yds. The blood trail after that was a light aspirated spray from the perforated lungs, but I think it might have been difficult to see without the snow. When I field dressed him I found massive damage to the lungs, like the shockwave from the bullet damn near turned them to mush. My conclusion is that the .357 Magnum has the energy to kill a whitetail deer, but with a small diameter entrance and exit it would most likely be a difficult track job on a bigger deer. I killed a 170lb doe earlier this season using stick and string, and with a heart shot she ran a little over 100 yds before piling up. So, I think come spring, I will start practicing with the .44 Mag.
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  19. wood chucker Moderator

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    Nice shooting. Congrats.
  20. Brad Scales Member

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    8 3/8 Taurus Raging Bull in .454 Casull. 'Nuff said ?

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