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Handgun hunters. What do you hunt with?

WORLD TWORLD T MemberPosts: 262 Member
For all of you handgun hunters out there, what do you use? I want to buy another pistol to hunt deer and hogs with and haven't decided yet. I thought some ideas from the group would be really helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
    Look at Zee's old posts
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Single Action Revolver
    Double Action Revolver
    Break Action SP
    Falling Block SP
    Bolt Action SP
    Semi-Auto Pistol

    I like them all and they all work.

    You gotta be more specific as to how you want to hunt and what style of handgun you prefer.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Successfully
    Ruger 22/45 22lr pistol, 5" barrel, open sights.

    Unsuccessfully
    Ruger SuperBlackHawk 4 5/8" barrel, open sights.

    Taken small game as chance opportunity with a few others.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • HogginHoggin Member Posts: 413 Member
    From auto, to revolver, to single shot

    Handgun hunting is like a game of golf. You can play the whole course with a 2 iron but it's easier with a whole bag of options
    :applause:

    Love doing the "impossible" with a handgun!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Yeah, I forgot and had to add Semi-Auto to the list.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,091 Senior Member
    So far, I only have 2. A single shot (CVA Scout in 243Win) and a revolver ( Ruger Super RedHawk in .454 Casull). So fat, they have just been used hunting wise on whitetail deer at ranges out to 130 yards
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    I have a RSRH in .454 casull and a S&W mountain gun in .41 mag. Both kill deer. I have used the Ruger on cow elk. Both do the job.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,533 Senior Member
    WORLD T wrote: »
    For all of you handgun hunters out there, what do you use? I want to buy another pistol to hunt deer and hogs with and haven't decided yet. I thought some ideas from the group would be really helpful.

    Thanks in advance.

    What do you have currently?
    I, like Hoggin and Zee use a little bit of everything.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • WORLD TWORLD T Member Posts: 262 Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Single Action Revolver
    Double Action Revolver
    Break Action SP
    Falling Block SP
    Bolt Action SP
    Semi-Auto Pistol

    I like them all and they all work.

    You gotta be more specific as to how you want to hunt and what style of handgun you prefer.

    Revolver out to 100 yards with a scope.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Ruger has models with integral scope rings.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,533 Senior Member
    WORLD T wrote: »
    Revolver out to 100 yards with a scope.
    Very doable.
    Deer sized game?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    You already have the SBH Bisley in .454 Casull, correct?

    Personally, I prefer the Redhawk to the Super Redhawk. Since you mentioned the desire to scope the revolver, my choice would be a Redhawk with a Weighand Base or a Redhawk Hunter Model.

    The Redhawk is my favorite hunting revolver. After the SBH Bisley, of course.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    If you really wanted the SRH, I prefer the 5" Toklat.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,985 Senior Member
    I have a Ruger Redhawk Hunter 44 Mag that I bought specifically to hunt with, but I haven't had a chance to yet.


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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Only small game hunting so far; this are the possibilities:

  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Single Action Revolver
    Double Action Revolver
    Break Action SP
    Falling Block SP
    Bolt Action SP
    Semi-Auto Pistol

    I like them all and they all work.

    You gotta be more specific as to how you want to hunt and what style of handgun you prefer.

    In other words, take what you can shoot good and practice with it, and go forth and do it! That's the way I think Zee or Wambli or any serious hunter would do.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 807 Senior Member
    I hunt with Smith and Wesson 686, 6 inch barrel with Buffalo Bore 180 grain ammo
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,040 Senior Member
    Ruger SBH 44 mag Sierra 240gr JHC 23.0gr/2400 2 deer
    Ruger BH 41 mag Sierra 210grJHC 19.0gr /2400 1 deer
    Rem. XP-100 7x57AI Sierra 130gr SPT 50.5gr/H-380, Nothing yet

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • artart New Member Posts: 21 New Member
    ruger redhawk with a 2 power tc recoil proof on top...
  • RocketmanRocketman Banned Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    Hoping to use my homemade 357 Mag next season. 10.5 inch bbl and it will be scoped with a LER.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    .45 Colt Blackhawk, with some 300 grain hardcast handloads. They've been called "T-Rex" loads by some of the guys who have fired a cylinder or two. They chrono at around 1300 FPS from a 6" barrel, and penetrate 18" or so in wet newsprint with no expansion whatsoever. One of these days I'll find a deer who wanders within 30 yards or so and I'll see how it works on something with hide and hair!
    Jerry
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