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Old 11-16-2010, 12:55 AM   #21
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What about a Taurus Judge in a nylon shoulder rig of some kind?
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I was looking at a Ruger Single Six in 22/22mag today. 6.5" barrel and target sights. It looks like it would work well as a hunting sidearm.
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What about a Taurus Judge in a nylon shoulder rig of some kind?
I looked into those seem like a bedside gun is about all its good for with such short barrels. I found a single shot 45/410 thats only $150 or so and it has a 10" barrel but i'd assume them to be heavy(your shoulder rig idea would eliminate any concern about weight) and hard to say how accurate it would be, wouldn't want to pepper the whole bird.
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I know the Judge comes in different barrel lengths, the longest I'm not sure of. To long might hinder portability for a gun that size. A .22, with bird shot, and or, .22 HP. rounds my be the way to go. I understand you can get rather close to some of those birds. Besides, a .22 with a longer barrel in a shoulder holster wouldn't get that much in the way. Good luck. And, happy turkey day.
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I was looking at a Ruger Single Six in 22/22mag today. 6.5" barrel and target sights. It looks like it would work well as a hunting sidearm.
I owned one of those a long time ago. Great little gun. One of the first rounds out, took a bunnie from about 15/20 yards. If I decided on a .22,for this type of work, that would be the one. Its just one more I regret getting rid of.
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Get a Savage mark II with polymer stock and get the barrel threaded. Add silencer and subsonic ammunition your good to go. Really light weight, easy to through over your back on a sling. That would not scare any game at ALL!
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Choosing between a Bearcat and a Single Six would be tough. Bearcat doesn't have adjustable sights (which I would want for small game killing) and the Single Six has the .22 mag diameter barrel so lacks a bit of the mechanical accuracy I would also want for head shots on small game. As afore mentioned, I have a Taurus Model 94, SS .22 LR. Shoots well, very light weight, I like it a lot.
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An important point.

At least in KS, there is a minimum caliber requirement for big game.

Any weapons carried while engaged in big game hunting must meet that caliber requirement.

our minimum is .23 diameter, 1.280 case length. the smallest you may carry is .357 mag.
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If that were the case,I'd carry a Blackhawk in a shoulder rig, and have shot shells and HP. on me.
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I once shot a ptarmigan with a CCI shot load out of my Super Blackhawk at a range of about 15 yds. The pattern disturbed the snow in about a 4' circle centered on the sitting bird. He shook off his feathers, glared at me and flew away. I think those things are best used on rats at extreme close range.
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