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Old 09-14-2013, 05:30 AM   #21
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Some people use .22s for small game to conserve as much meat as possible. Larger calibers tend to damage more meat.

I'm not a hunter. Just my .02.
I just try to pick a shot where I know there's not much meat to damage. Not much meat in the belly area. Or the head. The .40 just about guts a rabbit for me if I use my self defense ammo and get a profile shot in the ribs. LOL!

In any case, IMO it isn't a good idea to pick a handgun out specifically to go hunting small game with anyway. A handgun should be picked out because its fun to shoot, has good ergonomics and good terminal ballistics.

$600 will buy you an EXCELLENT handgun. For .45 I love the Para Ordinance P13. For 9mm I love the Glock 19. But most people like the ergonomics better on Glock clones like the M&C9 or Walther PPQ. Go to a range that let's you rent pistols and have some fun. Shoot it before you buy it.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #22
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That plinker may turn into a self defense handgun in the blink of an eye so I wouldn't go with anything smaller than a 9mm. P07/09 CZ are excellent pistols. I have the 07 and will have the 09 before long. You can get the M&P line of pistols, Glocks, or some 1911s. FNX line of pistols are excellent as well. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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Anything in the Ruger SR series, .22, 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 acp. is a great value. All of the SR series guns are under $600 and Ruger is a quality U.S. manufacturer that stands behind their product.

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For $600, you can get 2 pistols if you shop around. A .22 and a larger carry gun.

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Old 09-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #25
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A Walther P1 9mm that's accurate, controllable, easy to break down and clean, and is SA/DAY. I payed $380 for in very good condition, three years ago.
Also, my Umarex 1911 Government Model .22 has been a great shooter, pretty lightweight, and gives you the ability to take advantage of all of the aftermarket goodies that are available for 1911's.

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I paid around $350 for the 1911, 2 years ago.

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