Ever tried your hand at handgun hunting?

Discussion in 'Handgun' started by #1shooter, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. FR8.1 New Member

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    Hunted with my Super Redhawk .454 last year. No luck. I decided too late to hunt with it so I passed up two bucks that were out of my comfort zone. Next year I will be prepared. I like that revolver a lot! I hate the scope, and will be putting a red dot on though.
  2. MudBore New Member

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    I contemplated shooting a rabbit with my 1911 once while deer hunting but thought the better of it.

    That's as close to handgun hunting as I've ever been.
  3. jwb47 Active Member

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    over a seven year period I have killed 10 deer with my raging bull 480 . I shoot 325 grain xtp's at about 1350 fps . the closest was 10 yds the farthest 77 yds .

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  4. Ryan Towry Member

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    i shot a skunk at 1am the other night with my 1911-22lr, does that count? not really hunting just dont want the dog sprayed again.
  5. Joe M New Member

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    I picked up one of the new Para Elite Hunter LS in a 10mm. The doe went down where I hit her with a 200gr hollow point at 25 yards. Im hooked.
  6. jwb47 Active Member

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    joe how do you like the para elite ? I had a delta elite years ago and sold it to get over a rough spot in the budget . I have been wanting another 1911 ever since . tried a glock 10mm and it just didnt click for me .
  7. Joe M New Member

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    I really like it, it has a 6in. barrel, a fine fiber optic on front and adjustable sight on rear. very smooth and accurate. Like I posted, I hit that doe at 25yds and she went down right there. I didnt like the Glock fit either.
  8. Al in Mi Active Member

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    elk 90.jpg 8pt. 98.jpg

    ancient pic (98ish) of a 8pt I took with a scoped Freedom Arms 454 at 120ish yards.

    and a really ancient pic (90ish) of a elk and mule deer taken with a Contender in 375 JDJ
  9. BSJ Member

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    Squirrel hunting with a .22 rifle got too easy, so I switched to a T/C Contender with a 16" .22 barrel with a 1-4x pistol scope.

    Still hunting and then resting the gun against a tree trunk for the shot. Killed many a squirrel that way...
  10. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Hunting is actually how I learned to shoot pistols. My family was ultra poor and I lived in BFE growing up. Food was always a problem. Affording it was one hurdle but the 30 mile trip to get some was bigger and not always having electricity to keep a fridge going made storage wildly difficult, especially living in the middle of the desert. We took to growing most of our veg but the wild cottontail rabbits would just murder our crops if not kept beat back. After the first time I caught a bunch of them in the garden I walked straight to town (a 2 day walk) and worked for 2 days straight for my uncle to get enough money to buy a Jennings J22 and a little ammo. The jennings was a horrid little pocket .22 pistol which were 50 bucks new at the time but I could buy one new which was something of a magical kind of thing to happen to someone as poor as I was.

    After the waiting period and getting it home I burned up a dollar worth of ammo learning how it shot and how to shoot and then went a-huntin'. Every day after that I'd go out and shoot 10 or 12 rabbits with that little pocket gun, focusing on the area closest to the garden and working outward in concentric rings. We ate just about every single one of those tough bastards. Didn't have to buy meat. The rabbits were a bit skittish so 50m was about as close as I'd usually get for the first couple years till I learned some tricks and that forced me to become a dandy pistol shot. I couldn't just waste ammo missing. Every shot needed to bring food home.

    It took me all month of couch diving at friends and relatives houses, trolling pay-phones and newspaper machines for quarters left in the change pit, wandering parking lots looking for dropped pennies, returning coke bottles and the like to be able to afford the ammo for the month's food. I got really good at head-shooting them bunnies from 50+m with the ol' J22. It was an actual life-saver to have that little junk pocket gun (as much as I insult it, the thing was really accurate and ok reliable and it did feed me for years). I put thousands of rounds through it feeding my family and protecting the garden. After a while I got to where I'd line up 2 of them dastardly bunnies and save a shot by shooting them both at once. Being poor as hell and hungry and, as it turned out, a natural shooter and a very young male with way way too much time on his hands actually worked out pretty well for me in some respects.

    I've never handgun hunted since. I carry one most times I'm in the field and would consider using it if a close shot presented itself. I just don't go out with just a pistol when I'm hunting.
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