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Old 07-08-2010, 10:06 PM   #11
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I have a friend who has hunted whitetail exclusively with a .44MAG for years. The area he hunts does not afford more than about 100 yards to get a good shot off, as it is mountainous and has a thick underbrush. He is very successful at it and is an exceptional marksman.

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Old 07-27-2010, 03:19 AM   #12
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deer hunting with a handgun is a great challenge not to be taken lightly ...word of the day is practice ..choose the right gun ..my choice 180 grain jhp .44 mag mod 29 smith with 8.5 barrel .no optics ..sharpen your basic hunting techniques ..ie wind, cover ,stealth full camo if stalking , ...my advice is to keep shots at same distance as you would ethical bowhunting ....inside 50 yards if possible...this has worked for me ..there are lots of variables and opinions on guns ,loads,calibers etc .that need to be researched before you undertake this next evolution of your hunting resume'

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:28 AM   #13
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Check your local laws for caliber restrictions. Here in NC it must be larger than .24 for deer and have a barrel of at least 6". I'm planning to do some pistol hunting this year as well and I've got a 6" 357 or a 8 3/8" 44 mag, either one will do the job but the 44 gives you a bit more range. For the 357 I will probably go with 170 or 180 gr and the 44 I'll use 240. I don't think I need that heavy of a bullet but I have a bunch on hand.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:17 AM   #14
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If you own a TC Contender or an Encore, there are a wide range of calibers to choose from. Just be sure to practice alot with whatever caliber you choose to hunt with. Good luck!!
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