You can hunt pretty much anything with a revolver of the correct caliber.
Providing it is legal in your hunting area.
Small Game with a .22
Med Game with a .357 (Maybe good enough for small whitetail Deer with good shot placement)
Large game .44 and up. (Deer, Bear Etc.)
I have hunted with a .44 Mag with a 7.5" barrel before but it limits MY (not everyones) shots to under 50 yards.
I prefer a rifle or carbine. I am ok with a pistol. not great but just ok. I am pretty good with a long arm and as such prefer them.
I took a 400 pound hog with a .44 mag. 300 grain sierra sp 1250 fps out of a 7.5" Super Blackhawk. Entry just under chin, exit hip about 2" from AH. Dropped him like a sack of excrement. Don't try that out of a Smith. Won't stand up to the pounding of a load like that.
I don't get to do alot of pistol hunting as I prefer a rifle, hands down, but I have gone a couple dozen times in the last 5-6 years, I have all the latest and greatest big bore stuff, I am working on filling the gap in the small bore part of my pistole collection, To answer your question, can you hunt with a pistol, absolutly, My what I deam hunting pistols are all scoped and very accurate, I have killed more paper than anything but with out a doubt could take any kind of game with no problem, I have a Smith& Wesson .460 that they claim will reach out 200 yards, but I have only shot 100 yards with it and punched a 4 inch 5 shot group with it, so I know it will do it, and with a little practice tighten up that group
I have killed deer with a Black hawk in .44 mag. I use a 240 gr XTP at max loading. It will kill a deer as good as anything but....I consider it similar to bow hunting. I must be within 50 yards and place the bullet through the lungs broadside. With a scope I can hit a 3" group at 100 yards but thats from a bench not through the forest! I will take a front shoulder shot on a deer quartering towards me with a 12 gauge slug or a good rifle load but I do not trust the .44 mag to perform like that. A 300 grain hard cast bullet will probably make the quartering shot work. My 240 grain XTP did not and I will never try that again! A 454 casull or one of the newer boomers like .460 or 500 smith would be much better.
I like to carry a Ruger 7 1/2 inch Super Blackhawk .44 mag in a shoulder holster as a backup, but the eyes are not what they used to be, so beyond 50 yards or so, I am not comfortable anymore with open sights.
I have thought of scoping it, but don't want to ruin the handling qualities of the gun. Dan
That's the beauty of a good six gun. Does just as well takin out desperado's as it does deer. I carry a Ruger Flattop in .44 special whenever I'm in the woods. It's not my primary method of hunting, but it has put more than a few deer in the freezer, not to mention turkeys and grouse.
I usually carry a Ruger Redhawk 44mag as a sidearm.I've finished a deer off with it but never actually shot one with it.One morning I left it at camp,I just didn't feel like lugging it around.I get in my climber,not 10 yards away a nice buck walks up to my front right.Would have been a perfect shot with the Redhawk and dummie me I leave it in camp.That won't happen again.
i dont think so..but the most amazing is to huntin any animal with a 12 gauge pump action shotgun..like 101..lol...only big animals like deers and wild pigs(they are difficult to find em and they need at least 4 shots at body to die) beaucse the small goin get mashed
Never went out purposely with a pistol, but always carry one with me when I hunt. Used to be my Ruger Blackhawk 22 mag, now it’s my S&W J frame 38. Did put a mighty big boar down with the 38, but that was an OMG shoot it or fight it. Wasn’t out hunting that day, but like American Express, I never leave home with it.
I take Whitetail every year with a SS Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag. I have a non-magnifying "red dot" type sight (OneV) mounted on it. I've had this setup for quire some time and I'm not sure the OneV is still manufactured. It is an adjustable brightness red dot 'reflex' type.
The nice thing about the OneV is the lack of parallax. Where the red dot is, the impact is. I don't unload on game over 100 yards without a rest. I have taken most of my venison at ranges under 50 yards. Some running, most standing.
The older I get the more hesitant I am to drop the hammer on anything. I'm at the point now that killing a deer is just making a job for myself. The biggest part of hunting is now the simple and quiet joy of interacting with nature.
Actually that's mostly BS - I like making the one-shot kills with the .44 and the beanfield/pipeline shots with the 7mm STW. Especially since I'm using loads I worked up myself. I just mark the location and call one of the younger guys in camp to come 'help'.
And yes, communing with nature is still a rewarding part of the experience. But so is making that 40 acre shot!