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Old 03-04-2010, 06:22 PM   #11
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I think the furthest out that I have shot a deer is 50 yards but I'd say the average has been about 75 yards because of the way I hunt. I look for trails and sit down wind behind some small trees and at times I have stalked deer as quietly as possible which amazed me one time when I walked to within ten feet of a deer before it took off. Many times they are curious and as long as they don't smell you they don't bolt. The best time that I've found stalking to work is on foggy days, maybe it's because the moisture softens up the dry leaves. MasterPsmith makes a great point, the really high power above a 44 mag is pretty much overkill, that's why I mentioned 357 mag. If all you intend to do with a handgun is hunt deer then what gadrooning mentioned about using a Thompson Center Fire is a great idea, I have a friend that has one with a rifle caliber barrel (don't remember what he told me the cal. was), he claims it is the most accurate hand gun he has shot. So a lot depends on what else you may want to use a handgun for, it certainly wouldn't be a bad idea to go to gun shops and see how some of the hand guns mentioned here feel in your hands. Even better if you are able to shoot some of them. One thing to take into consideration is that the more power a gun has the more likely you are to flinch from blast and recoil unless you practice, practice, practice and any of the really big stuff above 44 mag can get very spendy, even a 44 mag can be spendy unless you handload hand cast bullets which is what I have done for years.

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Old 03-04-2010, 07:31 PM   #12
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The 357 mag is a good gun for deer hunting. I personally use mine for hunting. My 357 has a 8 3/8" barrel so the round is still easily traveling over a 1000fps @100 yards and has a little over 400lbs of energy @100yrds. And at a 100 yards it's iffy. I try to keep my shots within 50yrds. Pleanty of TKO especially combined with an ammo like Buffalo Bore. This would be the minimal caliber for deer hunting and the most pleasurable to shoot. Anything in between the 357 and the 44 mag are good for hunting as well. However as stated before, rounds are hard to come by in this range unless you reload. I personally would stick with the 44 mag just for the little extra punch. As stated before also anything above this would be overkill, unless you plan on hunting bigger critters with the gun as well. What ever you pick good luck.

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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.
I have found that 300 and 305 grain hard cast work best in a 44 Magnum. At least for pigs anyway. Bone breaking is essential for a clean kill.
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I personally dont see a need to go above .44 mag for deer. After that your just wasting money on ammo... Ive taken a total of 4 white tails and 2 mules with my Redhawk and all but 1 tough mule only need one well placed shot. Ive also taken quite a few boars with my redhawk and my gp100.

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Get a .44 Mag. The sheer variety of available ammo, everything from cowboy loads to bone-crushing solids, means you can use it for just about anything. The 240gr JSP or hardcast 250gr SWC work fine for deer. Your effective range will be the distance you can put every shot in a 4 or 5 inch circle up to 100 yards.
Personally, I'd look for a Dan Wesson.

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I say go with a 44, it will be plenty for deer. I was planning to use my 357 for pistol hunting this year until I found a sweet 629 a while back. Now I get to spend plenty of time at the range to familiar with it.

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A first step- take a look at the game laws in the area you plan to hunt, and see what is a legal firearm there. While I use a 10" 357 for Eastern Deer, the .357 is too light to be legal in some Western States.

.44 Mag should be MORE than adequate with (a) right bullet, and (b) enough barrel to actually burn most of the powder. I handgun hunt in laurel thickets, where 50 yards is a LOONG shot, and a .357 solid in the boiler room equals venison for dinner.

Yes, the .460, the .500, and the .499 Chipmunk Eviscerator are all impressive rounds, You will not practice with them a lot due to pain and "Oh CRAP? HOW MUCH A BOX?"

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I have both a .44 Redhawk and a 460 S&W. I have taken deer with both . I use a Barnes 225 in the 44 and a Barnes 275 in the 460. The 460 is a hunters dream.

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I got a Super Redhawk that works great for deer A 357 would work around here (Ky) but I like the 44 a little more. Mine has the 9.5 bbl. It's dang near a rifle anyway

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I got a Super Redhawk that works great for deer A 357 would work around here (Ky) but I like the 44 a little more. Mine has the 9.5 bbl. It's dang near a rifle anyway
DJ, do you take a gun bearer along on your hunts? now that's a lot of pistola.
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