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Old 11-08-2013, 01:44 AM   #1
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I've been thinking about getting into handgun hunting and I've been looking around at guns and reading reviews on what people use. I came across a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine at me lgs and wondered if it'd be suitable. I'd like some opinions on whether or not it would be a good gun/caliber combo for that role?

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Old 11-08-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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I guess I should add that this will be for whitetails in wooded areas.

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Not a lot of expanding .30 carbine bullets that will give great penetration. Out of a pistol barrel it would have kind of marginal energy. I'd consider a .357 mag as the minimum, and more in the .44 mag realm for a hunting pistol. The .357 may seem similar ballistically to the .30 carbine, but there are a lot more bullet types, weights and designs that would be more appropriate for deer sized game.

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Dont forget to look at the 10MM.
Ted Nugent ammo has good deer hunting loads, and so does Corbon.

There are a small variety of 10's on the market.

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Most places I've read on say .41 or .44 magnum are ideal. But both calipers, especially .41, have been very scarce along with. 357. The .30 carbine supply seemed to never skip a beat. I've been trying to look for less mainstream calibers that I'd be more apt to find.
Thanks for the info.

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Dont forget to look at the 10MM.
Ted Nugent ammo has good deer hunting loads, and so does Corbon.

There are a small variety of 10's on the market.
I've heard the 10mm is an excellent handgun hunting cartridge, but I'm looking more at revolvers. And I've not got the money for a S&W 610 or an equivalent, sadly.
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Start by checking your Fish and Game regs to see what the min standards for your State are. For example, in Wyoming the .357 Mag is one of the minimum allowable cartridges. The 10mm, while possibly perfectly capable, does not meet the standards.

Every State has its own rules. You need to know what is required in each State you plan on hunting.

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One of my friends has a lot of luck with a 10mm but he lives in deer paradise. He can let several deer walk every day with complete confidence he will see more deer. Personally a pistol is just a side arm for me. I have killed deer with a pistol at very close range.

You do need to get a book with the hunting laws in your state. Don't count on the internet to find game laws unless they have a .pdf copy of this years laws. The current law books are available at any place that sells hunting licences. If you get a 44 mag with a 7.5" barrel you will be legal anywhere.

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The .30 Carbine is one of my favorite handguns. I have one that is custom built for handgun silhouette targets. It is not legal in Wyoming for any big game hunting.
I would look at the excellent .44 Mag. it has so many bullet choices and hand gun types to choose from. It can also fire the .44 S&W Special and the very accurate .44 S&W Russian.

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The .30 Carbine is one of my favorite handguns. I have one that is custom built for handgun silhouette targets. It is not legal in Wyoming for any big game hunting.
I would look at the excellent .44 Mag. it has so many bullet choices and hand gun types to choose from. It can also fire the .44 S&W Special and the very accurate .44 S&W Russian.
I would think more about the .44 if ammo were more available. Maybe eventually.
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