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Old 03-04-2010, 07:05 AM   #1
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Thinking of getting a new revolver for deer hunting looking at everything from 44 mag, to 500 s&w, any sugestions
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:47 AM   #2
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Just my experience but I've hunted for thirty some years and over those years I've put more venison in the freezer with my Redhawk 7 1/2" barreled 44 mag. As I have gotten older and my eyes have changed and I'm thinking of scoping it. So in a way, to me, I would think a Super Redhawk would would be a great for deer hunting because it's already is set up for scope rings. All this being said, a long barreled .357 mag revolver would also be great for deer hunting. I just happen to like to carry a .44 mag due to frequently coming in contact with black bear.

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Ever consider a Thomson Center Fire G2. Although not a revolver, it is more versatile. You can swap out barrels for hunting just about anything. Otherwise I would stick with the 44 revolver, just because rounds are easier to find for this. 500 is just overkill unless you plan on using it for bear hunting as well. I would personally take the 460 S&W over the 500, but again ammo will be harder to find than the 44.
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It's big and expensive, but the 460 seems to really be gaining the most appeal with the handgun hunting crowd lately. One advantage is you can shoot 45 Colt, 454 Casull, and 460 S&W from the same revolver (maybe even a 45 Auto-rim too, but not sure about that one). I have a .41 mag blackhawk that's worked great for years, but wouldn't mind getting a 460!
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Good point on the 460-454-45Colt.
Never thought about the Auto rim.... what about 45Auto in moon clips?
Would they work for cheap practice?????
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Everyone seems to be biggggg bore and recoil happy for the poor little deer. All you need is a properly loaded .357 mag, or a .41 or .44 mag. Lots of field practice to be able to place that all important shot in the right place. If you have never hunted with a handgun and don't intend to practice to become proficient with it, stay with your rifle.



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It's big and expensive, but the 460 seems to really be gaining the most appeal with the handgun hunting crowd lately. One advantage is you can shoot 45 Colt, 454 Casull, and 460 S&W from the same revolver (maybe even a 45 Auto-rim too, but not sure about that one). I have a .41 mag blackhawk that's worked great for years, but wouldn't mind getting a 460!
I wasn't aware there was a 45 auto rim. Just looked it up. Thought there was only a 45colt and 45ACP for hand guns. Learn something new every day. Thanks for the tid bit.
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I believe the .45 ACP with moon clips or the .45 Auto Rim will have too much thickness at the "rim" to work in a .45 Colt + revolver.

The 500 is way too much gun for deer unless they are 400# rabid zombie carnivore deer with razor sharp antlers.

.44 mag Super Blackhawk, Redhawk, Super Redhawk, Smith 29/629 are plenty
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I've had great luck with my .41mags but they are a reloading option unless you can locate the hard to find ammo. If you're thinking about getting into handgun hunting you'll most likely want to get into reloading anyway due to needing to practice a lot to get proficient. I'd recommend a .44magnum if you're not going to reload or just want handily available ammo. You don't need over a .44 magnum. I'd also recommend you get a 2x pistol scope for it as that will greatly enhance your marksmanship capabilities.
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I had a red dot on my Super Blackhawk and I was real accurate of the bench out to 50 yards using 185 Hornady XTPs. I eventually found out I'd should of been using a 240 ga projectiles and keep my shots under 30 yards. Hit a nice doe one afternoon at about 45 yards and did not find her until the next morning long after the coyotes got to her. Apparently I didn't get enough penetration and I lost the blood trail in the dark.

I now hunt with an Encore pistol in .308.
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