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Old 02-13-2022, 02:43 PM   #1
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Well letís keep this going for another year.

Going to move a few pics from the 2021 thread since they were technically in 2022.

Pics to followÖ


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Old 02-13-2022, 02:46 PM   #2
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@PantherCity got a couple does down in January with his 44 mag.




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88 Bound also killed a doe in January.



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Old 02-13-2022, 02:50 PM   #4
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I killed this turkey on my last sit in early January.



And then took these tree rats this morning at 46 yards each. We have a real problem with them at our lease. Crazy how destructive they can be.



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Congratulations, nice shooting, thanks for starting a new thread Randy.
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Iím gonna try my best to get on the scoreboard this year. The kung flu kicked my butt all of last year and I didnít hunt very much but Iím feeling better now. I just picked up a Ruger Single Six Hunter to match my .44 Hunter. I can get some low cost practice in basically the same handgun and Iíll need it after being out of the handgun hunting game for a bunch of years.
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Good gravy Drycreek....let me know if you ever want to part ways with that beauty!

Thanks for starting over Randy. Ready to grow the streak this year.
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That’s a beautiful little Rimfire Creek!
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Old 02-14-2022, 03:07 PM   #9
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Good gravy Drycreek....let me know if you ever want to part ways with that beauty!

Thanks for starting over Randy. Ready to grow the streak this year.
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Thanks guys, they are scarce as henís teeth ! I got this one worth the money (considering what theyíre selling for)
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Old 03-26-2022, 05:15 PM   #10
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I have a Dan Wesson Revolver 10 inch heavy barrel with vent rib and Ruger Blackhawk both 41 mag. Need recommendations for red dot scope and mounts on one. Thinking the Dan Wesson might offer easier mounting options. No magnification with shots out to 50 yards at most so dot size or MOA recommendation as well.
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I have a Dan Wesson Revolver 10 inch heavy barrel with vent rib and Ruger Blackhawk both 41 mag. Need recommendations for red dot scope and mounts on one. Thinking the Dan Wesson might offer easier mounting options. No magnification with shots out to 50 yards at most so dot size or MOA recommendation as well.
First, pick the actual RDS you are going to use. Tubular or reflex style is your first decision. If tubular, you just canít beat Ultradots. They are indestructible. I own several and they work great.

How, my favorite is actually a reflex style simple because of the minuscule footprint. They are tiny and weigh almost nothing. Breaking that down further, my favorite reflex rds is the trijicon rmr. I like it because you can get it in a 1moa dot size. Two downsides to this modelÖyou have to remove the sight from the gun in order to change the battery, and, they are expensive.

The other that I like in reflex style is the vortex venom. They work great as well, are less money, and the battery compartment is on top so no removal necessary. The only slight downside is that the smallest dot offered is a 3moa but that really isnít too big of a deal at handgun distances.

After you decide on the above, then start your search for a mounting system. Iíd start with Jack Weigand. https://www.jackweigand.com/ He offers a lot and most likely you can find something that will work from him. EGW is another place that offers rds mounts.

Good luck and post a pic when done!
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Great feedback, thanks so much. Will post pics once I get it set up.
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Old 03-28-2022, 07:48 AM   #13
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Great feedback, thanks so much. Will post pics once I get it set up.
Please do, we love to look at hunting handguns !
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Old 04-30-2022, 12:06 PM   #14
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Outstanding morning! After sitting in one of my blinds early this morning and seeing nothing, I got out and went for a hike. Saw 3 gobblers about 300 yards out from me and began my stalk. Light rain and steady winds helped me get to about 25 yards of them before knocking this one down with one shot from my FA 97/41 magnum.




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Old 04-30-2022, 02:37 PM   #15
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Good job Randy !
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Old 04-30-2022, 02:49 PM   #16
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This has me thinking that I NEED a hunting handgun!
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Old 04-30-2022, 02:53 PM   #17
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Good work Randy!
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Old 04-30-2022, 08:18 PM   #18
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Awesome!!!

Where do you aim at a turkey at with a pistol? Center of chest? How bad is meat damaged?
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This has me thinking that I NEED a hunting handgun!
Everyone NEEDS a hunting handgun!
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Old 04-30-2022, 10:54 PM   #20
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Congratulations, nice shooting and great pics.
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Old 05-02-2022, 12:22 PM   #21
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60 yards or so, on the run. I never thought I would enjoy handgun hunting quite this much.
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Awesome!!!

Where do you aim at a turkey at with a pistol? Center of chest? How bad is meat damaged?
The wing butts, or where the wings join the body, if the turkey is broadside. If itís facing you, where the neck joins the body.
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Good shot 88 !
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60 yards or so, on the run. I never thought I would enjoy handgun hunting quite this much.
Outstanding! Congrats. And I agree...handgun hunting is highly addictive.
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Old 05-02-2022, 05:27 PM   #25
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If anyone is looking for a great hunting handgun, I have one for sale in the classifieds. Here is a link...

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=841514
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Congratulations 88, nice shooting, also great pics.
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Old 05-03-2022, 02:35 PM   #27
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Old 10-22-2022, 02:17 PM   #28
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Well, I just returned from Wyoming from chasing cow elk with another handgun hunter. We had a great time but did not come back with full ice chests.

I did, however, get extremely close this year. On our last day of hunting, I heard a bugling bull no more than 200 yards away, about 15 minutes after leaving camp. Taking advice from an experienced elk hunting friend, I headed straight for the noise. I was closing the distance when I saw movement coming down off a ridge, headed for the same trail I was on. Pulled up my binoculars and verified it was several cow elk between me and where the bugling was coming from. At this point I was about 75 yards from them, so I eased up a little closer to about 50 yards behind a tree. Wind was calm, or so I think it was. The cows kept coming and if all went right, were going to step out on my trail right at about 50 yards. Ear protection in, 454 out, hammer cocked, ready for an off-hand shot. They got to within ten yards of the trail, but still very covered by the dense forest, and then abruptly stopped. I donít know if they saw me, smelled me, or something else but they stood there on full alert for about 3 seconds before bolting at about Mach 5. SoÖ no shot was taken but still very exciting.

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It stings to be that close and not get it done but, cliched or not, thatís why itís called hunting. Bet you had a good time though !
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I bet that was an adrenaline rush like no other!
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Old 10-24-2022, 06:58 AM   #31
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@drycreek3189 and @fish4food, no doubt! It was an awesome trip and I’ve said (and maintain) that success will never be measured by an animal on the ground. This was my 4th year out west…it literally consumes my thoughts all year. We’re already planning next years hunt and thinking of changing it up a little. Possibly an antelope and/or muley hunt somewhere.
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I plan on using my contenders almost exclusively during rifle season this year. Been playing with some 44 magnum loads.

Shot a few 240xtp loaded soft at 1000fps and had decent expansion on water jugs at 100 yards. I also just ordered some 325gr hard cast and some 250gr soft allow hollow points from Matt’s bullets to tinker with.

I need to dial in my 7-30 waters pistol and use it this year too. I just have to settle on a good bullet for it.
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Randy, well, I missed your sweet .44 Mag for sale. So, what format do you prefer for pig/deer hunting in Texas? Single action, double action or semi-auto (.10mm)?

My eyes suk, so will use one of the great green dot reflex sights.

What's your "go-to" load/ammo in your .44 Magnum?
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Randy, well, I missed your sweet .44 Mag for sale. So, what format do you prefer for pig/deer hunting in Texas? Single action, double action or semi-auto (.10mm)?

My eyes suk, so will use one of the great green dot reflex sights.

What's your "go-to" load/ammo in your .44 Magnum?
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Hey Buzz. Itís hard to beat a Ruger super Blackhawk, super Redhawk, or Redhawk for an all around hunting pistol. If you can step up the budget a little, then Iíd say go for a BFR. Any of those will serve you well, for a lifetime. And Iíd go with a 44 magnum in terms of caliber.

For an all around 44 mag load, I like any of the 240 grain jacketed bullets (aframe, xtp, Sierra). Nothing wrong with cast, but for pigs and deer, I prefer the bigger wound channel that a jacketed hollow point or jacketed soft point gives you. For powder, H110 has always been solid for me. And H110 likes a full or almost full case so Iíd say start with 23 grains and see how it does. If youíre happy, leave it. But you can also go up to 24 grains and still be within book max.

Good luck with it and make sure you post pics and a report as it develops!

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I plan on using my contenders almost exclusively during rifle season this year. Been playing with some 44 magnum loads.

Shot a few 240xtp loaded soft at 1000fps and had decent expansion on water jugs at 100 yards. I also just ordered some 325gr hard cast and some 250gr soft allow hollow points from Mattís bullets to tinker with.

I need to dial in my 7-30 waters pistol and use it this year too. I just have to settle on a good bullet for it.

Nice! Canít wait to see your pics this season.

What powder are you using for the 44 loads?
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Nice! Canít wait to see your pics this season.

What powder are you using for the 44 loads?
H110 mainly. I have had some full power loads but they are a little punishing on a 8Ē contender.
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Here is the recovers 240gr xtp from my water jug expansion test at 100 yards.


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I think I found the holy grail of 44 mag projectiles! Check the expansion out on this one! I got some lead bullets from Mattís bullets this one is a 250gr hollow point. Shot into water at 100 yards and it had expanded to .915Ē over doubled in size. It also retained 100% of the original weight.



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^^^^ That’s impressive ! How many jugs did it penetrate ? What was the approximate muzzle velocity ?
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I think I found the holy grail of 44 mag projectiles! Check the expansion out on this one! I got some lead bullets from Mattís bullets this one is a 250gr hollow point. Shot into water at 100 yards and it had expanded to .915Ē over doubled in size. It also retained 100% of the original weight.



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Dang Chris that expanded good, how fast can you push those before leading?
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Dang Chris that expanded good, how fast can you push those before leading?
Probably not to fast they are intended for 44 special velocity. I have them at 1056 fps right now. And donít think I need any more velocity. I think if I push them harder the bullets will come apart on impact
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^^^^ Thatís impressive ! How many jugs did it penetrate ? What was the approximate muzzle velocity ?
Went through 2 jugs then turned found on the ground. Mv1056
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Went through 2 jugs then turned found on the ground. Mv1056
Thatís plenty for our deer and hogs. Iím gonna have to try those bullets.
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I like shooting lead. Us
Ed them on a bunch of hogs back in the day. If you try to push them too fast you will get barrel leading. Never had that problem with gas checks.
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Sat in the brush blind Wednesday morning. Throughout the morning there were up to 10 squirrels eating corn off the ground. 1 smart sucker laid flat and was in the gap of the feeder. It squirreled its way to the spinner plate and was eating corn off it.

Ended my morning hunt, and went to town to get more corn to top off the feeder. Came back and 1 squirrel stayed around.

Tuesday I spent a little time at the range shooting a Ruger Blackhawk 6.5Ē barrel 357. I was shooting 38 specials @ 10, 15, 20 yards. At 20, my groups were about 3Ē standing.

Anyhow, I see this squirrel on a tree limb at about 20 yards. Sent 1. And then.

Pretty sure itís a 158 hard cast.
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Well it wasnít a fluke I shot a few more into water to test and the ones I recovered all expanded perfectly between .75Ē and .90Ē I shot a few at about 50 yards and they expanded well so I believe this is a solid hunting load in the 8Ē 44 mag.


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Those are picture perfect black fin! Great results.
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I just replaced my Ruger brand rings with Warne rings on this SBH Hunter in .44 mag. The Warne instructions said to tighten the screws to 25 inch pounds, but in the process I had to loosen them a couple times to keep the crosshairs level and that just seemed a little too easy. How tight do you guys tighten them ? Iím talking about the bottom screws, but the top screws also say 25 inch pounds.
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Hey Buzz. Itís hard to beat a Ruger super Blackhawk, super Redhawk, or Redhawk for an all around hunting pistol. If you can step up the budget a little, then Iíd say go for a BFR. Any of those will serve you well, for a lifetime. And Iíd go with a 44 magnum in terms of caliber.

For an all around 44 mag load, I like any of the 240 grain jacketed bullets (aframe, xtp, Sierra). Nothing wrong with cast, but for pigs and deer, I prefer the bigger wound channel that a jacketed hollow point or jacketed soft point gives you. For powder, H110 has always been solid for me. And H110 likes a full or almost full case so Iíd say start with 23 grains and see how it does. If youíre happy, leave it. But you can also go up to 24 grains and still be within book max.

Good luck with it and make sure you post pics and a report as it develops!

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Randy, thanks so much for your quick reply. I had a BFR in .44 mag, sold it after never shooting it. May look for another, this time with the longer barrel. Or maybe an Anaconda. I like the idea of .44 Specials for "fun" then being able to "turn it up" with the Magnums. I'll follow up with you when I get it all together.
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I just replaced my Ruger brand rings with Warne rings on this SBH Hunter in .44 mag. The Warne instructions said to tighten the screws to 25 inch pounds, but in the process I had to loosen them a couple times to keep the crosshairs level and that just seemed a little too easy. How tight do you guys tighten them ? I’m talking about the bottom screws, but the top screws also say 25 inch pounds.
Nice rig, beautiful grips! Who did them? I love those SBH Hunters. They used to be $700 now a grand. As far as your rings. All I know is you get what you pay for. I'm only familiar with rifle mounts, so I really can't offer advise here.
I do remember a long time ago; Old Timers would put a few drops of Linseed oil on the inside of the rings. When it "dries" it makes a very tacky, non-slip set up.

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