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jjfuller1 03-27-2013 02:31 PM

Pistol hunting
 
so just looking for any thing really. pics, stories, game taken. gun used. i know theres got to be some helpful info from you guys that i havent considered yet.
eventually my goal is to use a .22 rev, and a .357 rev to take squrriels, rabbits, woodchucks, crows and deer.

so if you have any knowledge or experiences i want to hear them.

and pics if ya got em.

The_Kid 03-27-2013 06:44 PM

Well, I have taken a 200lbs on the hoof doe with my 8" barreled S&W 686 357. I was using the Hornady 158gr HP-XTP at 1050fps.
The deer was 65 yards away, the bullet went between ribs on entrance went through the heart and lungs then broke a rib on exit. The exit hole was about as large as my index finger.
The deer ran about 60 yards before collapsing.

I've taken two groundhogs with the same pistol, one at 165 yards.

I don't really hunt with it much.

jjfuller1 03-30-2013 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The_Kid
Well, I have taken a 200lbs on the hoof doe with my 8" barreled S&W 686 357. I was using the Hornady 158gr HP-XTP at 1050fps.
The deer was 65 yards away, the bullet went between ribs on entrance went through the heart and lungs then broke a rib on exit. The exit hole was about as large as my index finger.
The deer ran about 60 yards before collapsing.

I've taken two groundhogs with the same pistol, one at 165 yards.

I don't really hunt with it much.

Oh I would thought a SP better suited for deer.


Any. Body else???

The_Kid 03-30-2013 01:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jjfuller1 (Post 1196601)
Oh I would thought a SP better suited for deer.

I'm in the "shot placement" crowd.

Also, unless I would load a .358" diameter bullet deep into the case, or a light .358" diameter, the revolver would not be able to function... unless you know of bullets I am unaware of.

I'm pleased with 50% expansion at handgun velocities.

303tom 03-30-2013 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The_Kid (Post 1196657)
I'm in the "shot placement" crowd.

Also, unless I would load a .358" diameter bullet deep into the case, or a light .358" diameter, the revolver would not be able to function... unless you know of bullets I am unaware of.

I'm pleased with 50% expansion at handgun velocities.

I think he meant Soft Point not Spear Point...............
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/450955/sierra-sports-master-bullets-38-caliber-357-diameter-158-grain-jacketed-soft-point-box-of-100

yazul42 04-01-2013 11:34 AM

I enjoy handgun hunting very much,, many a squirrel and rabbit have been added to the pot with a .22 pistol, I hunt larger game with a rebarreled Ruger Blackhawk in .41 mag. The work was done by Mr. Gary Reeder. It has taken wild hogs and deer. I like the heavier calibers for deer sinply because the extra power gives you a little more room for error from the .357. I definitely agree that shot placement is paramount, practice, practice, practice,,, it pays off even more with a handgun,, I shake enough watching a nice buck come in or slipping up on a hog,, the more confidence you have from lots of practice, will help you make a good shot when you are full of adrenalin and excited. Have fun and enjoy the rush.

greenhornet-1 04-08-2013 05:42 AM

I hunt with a handgun exclusivly unless we do man drives. I killed an 8 pointer last fall with a 357 max lone eagle at 30 yards from a tree stand. It's a great challenge using a handgun, but it's fun!!

c3shooter 04-08-2013 02:11 PM

Rabbit hunt with a Ruger .22 auto, and deer hunt with a Dan Wesson 15-2 VH, 10 inch bbl.

Deer hunting is Eastern White Tail, heavy mountain laurel thickets, limited sight distance (50 yds on a good day!)

Roll my own handloads, 185 gr hard cast solids. If I do my part, it does it's part very well.

Re: Hollow points for hunting- No. Need penetration- and a handgun bullet that expands will probably not do that. I want two holes- one to let blood out, one to let air in- passing throgh heart/lungs. Heavier bullet does that well.

MOshooter 04-09-2013 10:55 PM

I started out with a H&R Sportsmen mod.999 22 cal. DA revolver,that little revolver took a lot of squirrels and rabbits. In the 90s I bought a Ruger MKII Competition Target Model...Talk about dotting the eyes,that ruger is one accurate game getter :)

For handgun deer hunting I bought a S&W revolver 629 44mag in the early 90s,which has proven to be a good whitetail hunter through the years.

Firenailer 04-10-2013 10:31 AM

I've taken Whitetails with a 44 Mag in the past. That gun was sold years ago and I now have a .357 I'd like to take out this year. I'm thinking a 158 gr. Semi-Jacket Soft Point will do the trick out to 35 - 40 yds.


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