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      Handgun hunters -- what do you hunt and hunt with?

      What do you handgun hunt, and what handgun(s) do you use?

      - I chase squirrels and rabbits with .22 rimfire autos (Buckmark or Ruger MK-II 22/45) or revolvers (Super Single-Six or S&W 317 AirLite). Red-dot sight on the Ruger, iron sights on everything else (so far).

      - I normally hunt deer with a Ruger .44 Redhawk (but haven't in the last few years). Also have used T/C Contender in various calibers and a Remington XP-100 bolt-action in .35 Rem. Scopes or irons sights on all of these, depending on the hunting area/conditions.

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      Going to try and sack a hog this coming fall with a S&W model 29-10 Classic. Going to work up a load I like for it and see what happens. I figure a 200 to 240gr slug should knock the fire out of one. Good hunting.

      Best Baldy

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      I love handgun hunting, I've hunted Rabbits and Squirrels with 22's and 357's. I have harvested Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Mountain Lion and Javalina with my 44 Mag, I've also used my 50 AE to hunt Deer.

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      Javelina. 1911 .45.

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      The majority of my handgun hunting has been limited to small game with .22s.

      Usually a Single Six.

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      I shot a couple Grouse with my .357 when I lived in Alaska. The first one gutted it perfectly. The second blew off half it's breast. Still tastly though.

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      I use a Ruger M77 rifle (stainless w/black laminated stock) 7mm Mag primarily, but I ALWAYS have my Super Blackhawk Hunter (which matches my rifle BTW) in my shoulder holster, for deer that come within 50 yards. I have a cheap Pro point 3 red dot on top, and it is one accurate MOFO! I have taken several deer with the SBHH, there's something special about dropping the hammer on one when you can see "the whites of their eyes".
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      I use one of several of my handguns. The TC Contender in one of the following calibers, 375 JDJ, 309 JDJ, 300 Whisper, 7-30 Waters, 223 Reminton, 7TCU, or 22 LR. In revolver one of my 44's or my 454 Casull.

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      Started off as a kid with the H&R 999 hunting rabbits and such, and moved on up as they say, chased deer and black bear with 44mag for a few years, and still carry one for back up on knife hunts for hogs.

      But mostly now have settled on the 45 winchester mag and 35 remington in 10" and 14" barreled TC's

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      I hunt deer with my S&W 686 .357. Works well for my short range stuff.

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      I'm a Ruger Single Action fan, and have usually picked the Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum.

      I've used them for deer and groundhog.

      I've carried the 5" Super at times, but prefer the 7 1/2" barrel.

      Bob Wright

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      Yessiree; a long-barrel revolver is a bit of a pain to carry but it sure is nice to have that increased sight radius when it's time to shoot.

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      Favorite Hunting Guns

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      I've hunted squirrels and rabbits with a Ruger single-six, but will be hunting whitetail in IL for the first time with my Python.

      The wood lot I've been hunting with a muzzleloader offers short range shots, so I figure .357 mag with 158 gr sp will be more than adequate.

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      I mostly hunt deer and hogs with handguns. Here is a link to a post I did a few months back....... Scoped handguns II

      And by the way.............Hello everyone, I'm back!!

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      Those are fine looking deer. If all goes well this fall/winter I'll be able to post my own pic of deer harvest with scoped handgun too.

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      My Dad has been practicing to hunt whitetails in PA with a ruger vaquero in .45 colt. We shot some (forget make) +P through it and it's a pretty mighty gun.

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      Where do you guys hunt all this small game? Do you all have some kind of woods near you or do you just go outside?

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      Quote Originally Posted by cbrgator View Post
      Where do you guys hunt all this small game? Do you all have some kind of woods near you or do you just go outside?
      There are at least a half-dozen state-run wildlife areas which allow hunting within 75-100 miles of my house, in addition to unposted private land allowing hunting.

      Not all of the private landowners (even with unposted property) allow hunting for all species, though. I recall knocking at a rural farmhouse and asking permission to hunt squirrels, having seen quite a few squirrel "nests" in the tree row that started behind the barn and stretched for nearly half a mile. The lady that answered the door listened to my request, fixed me with an icy stare and said "We FEED the squirrels", then slammed the door in my face. On the walk back to the truck, I'm thinking, "Slow, fat, corn-fed squirrels; that's okay with me..."

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      Huntin' gun

      I have a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357 mag w/6 1/2 barrel and a NcStar 4x32 scope that I use for deer. It's good for 50 to 75 yds.

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