Originally Posted by winds-of-change
What benefit would that huge pistol have over a rifle?
The reason I carry a pistol when deer hunting is to retrieve downed deer. Unless a mature deer is run by dogs it is not going to get very far from virtually impenetrable cover. I keep a bush axe in the back of my truck when I am hunting without dogs. Almost all of my stands are on the edge of a cutover where the lay of the land creates a bottleneck. If the deer runs at all after I shoot it, I need to cut a path to drag the deer out of the cutover. In brush that thick I want my hands free so I can move anything from briers to spider webs.
The brush in this area is so thick when my dogs bay a deer in the brush their ears are torn up so badly they need a weeks rest.