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Meat with a 44 Mag. Vaquero

10 AC10 AC Memberbetween Memphis & NashvillePosts: 309 Member
Well I haven't posted in some time.
Well yesterday was sitting up a tree with a Marlin rifle and a newly aquired Vaquero.
About 20 or so mins. before 4 this small 4 point comes in to view. Not sure but I think its the same one I let pass last Sun.
Any way when I first see him he's about 50 yds. to my east headin south. He then turns and starts right towards me like I'm callin him or something, as he's getting closer I realize that it is in fact a buck. So I'm thinking he may get close enough to take with the 44, well he walks up to about 10 to 15 yds. stops and looks right at me. I've already managed to retrive the pistol from the shoulder holster out from under the coat, weren't easy with him coming so close.
So he just stares at me for a moment or two, and starts quartering away. Well I just slowly lower the pistol and cock ever so gently, the 15mph wind probably helped to camo that also.
Well at about 20yds, I dropped the hammer, bang. Straight to the ground. That little ole 240gr. lfp &10.5grs. of unique done its job. Now he's nothin great but heck with the handgun I don't care, he make fer some good eatin.


  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,221 Senior Member
    Amazing hunt, hey.
    Great shot.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,076 Senior Member
    Most excellent!!
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Is that one of the older beefier Vaqueros?

    Wish I'd bought a couple back in the day in .44/.45 Colt.

    Congrats on the hunt and cool SA revolver.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member crusted in sandPosts: 5,797 Senior Member
    Great hunt and nice revolver. I get the most gratification from harvesting game with my open sighted pistols.
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    GREAT job!, I have yet to harvest one with a hangun, but its on the list.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,314 Senior Member
    Very well done!
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,291 Senior Member
    Nicely done!....Looks like a really healthy meat buck...
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    Well done!

    Good job, it's all good. I am threatening to take one with my S&W Mod. 586 357 or even my 45 ACP Springfield Armory 1911.
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  • Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors Member Posts: 326 Member
    very nice, killing 1 with a handgun is a real treat. where was the impact and did you get an exit?
    I shot a couple of does with my super Blackhawk long ago and both bullets exited.
  • 10 AC10 AC Member between Memphis & NashvillePosts: 309 Member
    Thanks guys for all the great comments.
    Big Cheif, yes this is one of the older models, it was made in '06.
    G O, I hit him right behind the shoulders and it was a complete pass through, as soon as it hit him he went down and never got back up.
    This is my third with the revolvers, first was on Thanksgiving a few yrs. back. Got him with a scoped SBH 44 mag. at about 60yds, and some kind of 240gr. factory load. I don't recall.
    Then two yrs. ago I took a doe at close to 25yds. with a 41mag. BH and a 215 lfn that I had loaded myself.
    It is a different feelin when you take one with the handguns. Plus the looks on some peoples face when you tell what ya shot it with.
    Now maybe I can get something a little bigger. If I'm not mistaken this may have been the same little buck that I passed on last Sun. with a rifle.
    Thanks again, and good luck to the rest of y'all that are still hunting this year.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Eastern NebraskaPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Wonderful job on that buck. You're a lot like me. I often let small bucks walk, but when the experience is on the table to take a deer in a unique way, often times the hammer is falling. I definitely would've done the same. Congrats!
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I usually pack my .45 Colt Blackhawk during centerfire season. So far, things haven't worked out to take a deer with it, but I think a 300 grain hard cast bullet at 1300 FPS will get the job done!
  • 10 AC10 AC Member between Memphis & NashvillePosts: 309 Member
    Teach, I also have a Vaquero & a BH in 45 colt that I want to take a deer with at some point. Mine both have the 4.62 barrels like the one pictured.

    Hope ya get a chance to bloody yours.
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Logansport Indiana, by way of Hohenwald Tennessee by way of Cocoa FloridaPosts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Congratulations on a job well done. I have that same gun in blue steel and I like the way it feels in the hand. Where between Nashville and Memphis, I live in Hohenwald? BTW, If you pull back the trigger as you thumb cock the hammer, then release the trigger, it doesn't make any noise. Unload it and try it............Robin
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  • 10 AC10 AC Member between Memphis & NashvillePosts: 309 Member
    Thanks Robin, I live just outside of Jackson. East side of Madison county, not far from the Pinson Mounds State Park.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Dellrose TNPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I was in Jackson today, doing a warranty claim inspection at a Firestone store near the I-40/Hwy 45 junction. Just got home a little while ago!
  • 10 AC10 AC Member between Memphis & NashvillePosts: 309 Member
    Teach wrote: »
    I was in Jackson today, doing a warranty claim inspection at a Firestone store near the I-40/Hwy 45 junction. Just got home a little while ago!
    Know right where you were. Was working just a few miles North of I-40 the next exit west of there today.
  • timctimc Senior Member TexasPosts: 6,684 Senior Member
    That is just Awesome! I am a big single action wheel gun fan and just love my Old style Vaquero in .45 Colt.
    timc - formerly known as timc on the last G&A forum and timc on the G&A forum before that and the G&A forum before that.....
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