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dynastyofnext 05-06-2009 02:38 AM

Hunting using your pistol?
 
Do any of you use your pistols to go hunting? I was on the glock site researching and they recommended the G20 for hunting. I dont understand how that situation would go down. Would you run up on the deer like some hoodlum and just empty the clip on it? Do you do it tactically? Mafia style put it right behind the ear?

cpttango30 05-06-2009 02:50 AM

To me there is only 2 semiauto hunting rounds out there. The 10mm Auto and the 460 Rowland that cane and JD are building. Other than that you have the 357 mag, 41 mag, 44mag. 357 maximum and maybe a few other like the power monsters 460 smith and 500 smith.

To hunt with a pistol like the (GAGGGG) GGGGGLock you want the 10mm and you want to be dam close like max of 25 yards.

dynastyofnext 05-06-2009 03:10 AM

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Originally Posted by cpttango30 (Post 102684)
To me there is only 2 semiauto hunting rounds out there. The 10mm Auto and the 460 Rowland that cane and JD are building. Other than that you have the 357 mag, 41 mag, 44mag. 357 maximum and maybe a few other like the power monsters 460 smith and 500 smith.

To hunt with a pistol like the (GAGGGG) GGGGGLock you want the 10mm and you want to be dam close like max of 25 yards.

lol why does everyone hate glocks so much. lol what thrill would you get from hunting with a 500SW all you're going to take home is bits. Ok so it is possible to use a sidearm as a hunting weapon. I'll have to try that once.

UnderFire 05-06-2009 03:21 AM

I use rifles to hunt with, but I always have a trusty handgun strapped to my side while in the woods hunting just in case I come across an aggressive varmint, snake or the unforeseen. etc.

matt g 05-06-2009 04:00 AM

Handgun hunting with a "tactical" caliber is very challenging. It requires a hell of a lot of stalking skill. I've done it a few times myself, and got within range to take a shot, but never did, due to the animals not being legal.

If you can get within 25 or 50 feet of an animal and have the marksmanship skills to deliver a lethal shot with the adrenalin streaming, then it's a whole lot of fun. For me, though, the thrill of the hunt lies in the stalk and not the shot or the kill.

canebrake 05-06-2009 04:07 AM

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Originally Posted by dynastyofnext (Post 102679)
Do any of you use your pistols to go hunting? I was on the glock site researching and they recommended the G20 for hunting. I dont understand how that situation would go down. Would you run up on the deer like some hoodlum and just empty the clip on it? Do you do it tactically? Mafia style put it right behind the ear?

Throw a fully loaded ggggggggg20 at them and pray for a lucky hit.

dragunovsks 05-06-2009 04:17 AM

I usually take my .45 with me when I go hunting but only use it for self defense (against stupid hunters who don't know what private property means) and for really close shots. My primary hunting weapon is a 12 gauge shotgun but will use the pistol to finish off a deer that is still alive after being shot with the shotty.

Last year I did this with a 12 point buck that my FIL shot. He was hit in the spine and using his front legs to crawl downhill. He didn't have the use of his hind legs because of the wound. I shot him with my pistol because a .45 round is cheaper than a Remington Coppersolid, which is what the both of us use in our shotguns. I shot him through the heart and then headed up the hill to get the ATV while my FIL field dressed him.

robocop10mm 05-06-2009 01:09 PM

I have hog hunted with a .44 Ruger SBH. 300gr Sierra SP's at 1200+ will do a number on big hogs. Probably overkill for Texas whitetails (they're kinda small). I have passed on relatively easy shots with a .45. I just do not think it humane to use on deer. Will it kill em? Sure. Will it kill em clean? I don't want to find out.
10MM with good loads are far superior to the best .45 ACP loads. 180 Gold Dots at 1300fps are plenty for deer out to 50 yards, if you can shoot accurately at 50 yards. I have taken Coyotes as far out as 100yds with that load.

Gojubrian 05-06-2009 02:09 PM

I'm doing some squirrel hunting with my buckmark this year. :)

c3shooter 05-06-2009 03:06 PM

I deer hunt Eastern Whitetail. Use a 357 revolver with a 10" bbl, and handloads (165 gr solids)

Please note- I am hunting in mountain laurel thickets, and 50 yds is a long shot.

That revolver and its handloads, from a sitting position, is good to about 100 yds on a deer. Most states will have a minimum caliber or energy level for big game hunting with a handgun. And yes, one in the boiler room WILL plant a deer. IMHO, the max range that you can hold ALL your shots on a 5" paper plate USING THE POSITION YOU USE HUNTING will determine what "Minute of Whitetail" is for you and that gun.

I have been known to squirrel hunt with a 22 target pistol. More for the practice than anything.


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