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Old 11-06-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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I know handgun hunters are a minority so maybe this thread is a 'one and done' thing this year. But...I also know the interest is growing and that there are several on here.

So, how about this specific thread for just handgun kills? Anything with a short barrel is fair game. Deer, hogs, coons, squirrels, etc.

Also, this is a challenge to the rest of you to try something new this season. If you've got the hankering, pull that old .357 (or whatever) out of the safe and start carrying it with you. When that old doe or cull steps out at whatever your comfort range is, give handgun hunting a try! You might like it.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:07 PM   #2
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Iíll kick it off with a doe I shot last weekend. 40 yard shot with my Ruger SBHH in .41 magnum.



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Old 11-06-2019, 01:39 PM   #3
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Havenít had any luck yet , but I did go out a little while back with the .41 mag hoping for porky to stick his head out


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Old 11-06-2019, 05:36 PM   #4
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Nice! Awesome pistol too.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:46 PM   #5
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Nice! Awesome pistol too.


Thanx, I re-built the Blackhawk about 4 years ago.
I still canít draw back my bow or shoulder my rifle yet, but I can get the handgun up.


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Old 11-06-2019, 05:52 PM   #6
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I’ve really been wanting to take a deer with a pistol but haven’t been hunting much in the last few years due to work and my kennels. I may try and get out soon. Good luck to all of you!!!
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:55 PM   #7
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I'm in on this. I worked up a good load for my 30-30 Contender with 125 gr bullets, been wanting to get a pig with it.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:07 PM   #8
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I'm in, had the right deer stopped at ~15 paces last week my judge would have spoke.
(using hornady flex tip ammo)
Last year I scored a doe with my glock 10, so this year it's the Judges turn.

My scoped 44 redhawk might find its way out of the gun safe this year too.
I also use a .308 striker from time to time, but that's stretching what we call a pistol
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:18 PM   #9
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Awesome. Good luck everyone!
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:41 PM   #10
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Havenít in while, but I should dust off my Contender 44 mag.
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:19 AM   #11
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I bought an RIA TAC Ultra 5", 10mm, 1911 this past year to serve as my backup out on the lease for deer, hogs, etc. Practiced with it comfortably out to 50 yards shooting clay pigeons.

Had it holstered and ready to go this past Saturday and I had a buck come in close and fast to the blind- no time to get the rifle out without getting busted so I eased out the 10mm and made a 27 yard shot that dropped him in his tracks.

200gr XTP retained 91.5% weight, traveling through the top front shoulder, lungs, angling up through the spine and resting up under the offside hide.
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:49 AM   #12
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I bought an RIA TAC Ultra 5", 10mm, 1911 this past year to serve as my backup out on the lease for deer, hogs, etc. Practiced with it comfortably out to 50 yards shooting clay pigeons.

Had it holstered and ready to go this past Saturday and I had a buck come in close and fast to the blind- no time to get the rifle out without getting busted so I eased out the 10mm and made a 27 yard shot that dropped him in his tracks.

200gr XTP retained 91.5% weight, traveling through the top front shoulder, lungs, angling up through the spine and resting up under the offside hide.
Awesome report.

Was that with a hand-load or factory ammo?
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:14 AM   #13
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That's outstanding duckhunter175. Did you happen to snap a picture to post?
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:15 AM   #14
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Havenít in while, but I should dust off my Contender 44 mag.
I concur. Good luck this season.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:00 AM   #15
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I guess this one qualifies as well since it was taken this summer. Hog with my Smith PC 10.5Ē 460.



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Old 11-07-2019, 08:27 AM   #16
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I take out my Redhawk .44 mag every season to try and whack a couple pigs. Taking it this weekend
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:14 AM   #17
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I carry either my Ruger NMBH in 45 colt or my Uberti same caliber. have taken deer, pigs and coyote with them. Tried on turkey, but no go yet.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:29 AM   #18
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Ill have the 4" 686 with my this year, Ive been shooting it out to 100 all summer. As soon as the kiddo kills his deer Ill be in the tripod on a trail and anything is fair game.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:36 AM   #19
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Iím taking the challenge, will be using my 686 6Ē
Comfortable out to 50 yards right now
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Canít call it hunting, but I regularly dispatch hogs in my traps with my EDC Shield in .40 Short & Weak. I used to hunt quite a bit with a Contender in .375 Win, but havenít in a while. Killed several does with it in Runnels Co. when I had that lease.
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That's outstanding duckhunter175. Did you happen to snap a picture to post?
They are handloads from custom reloads of Dallas-- really solid ammo, and he only loads small batches= zero defects.

I have some pics!! Trying to get them on here but getting my butt kicked.
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:00 PM   #22
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Here they are!
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:27 PM   #23
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:49 PM   #24
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Here they are!


Excellent, canít beat that with a stick- congrats on a great pistol kill!


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Old 11-07-2019, 03:23 PM   #25
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Heckuva handgun buck duckhunter! Congrats!!
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:29 PM   #26
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Thanks fellas!! It was my first opening day here in Texas and it certainly did not disappoint!
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:39 PM   #27
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I picked up a used (looked like it had never been shot) S&W Performance Center 629 .44 mag earlier this year. Hope to draw blood with it this season! Shooting Hornady 240gr XTP. Put a Burris variable power scope on it, but its just not practical at the higher powers. I may swap it out to a straight 2x after this season once I get to use it a little more.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:20 PM   #28
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Nice looking rig, should get the job done!!
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:25 PM   #29
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I picked up a used (looked like it had never been shot) S&W Performance Center 629 .44 mag earlier this year. Hope to draw blood with it this season! Shooting Hornady 240gr XTP. Put a Burris variable power scope on it, but its just not practical at the higher powers. I may swap it out to a straight 2x after this season once I get to use it a little more.
Dange sweet looking rig!

Which Burris is it?

I have the 2x7 on my .308 pistol and have been wanting to upgrade to the 3x12 model.

I have a fixed 2x on my 44 mag and is suits it well.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:39 PM   #30
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Canít call it hunting, but I regularly dispatch hogs in my traps with my EDC Shield in .40 Short & Weak. I used to hunt quite a bit with a Contender in .375 Win, but havenít in a while. Killed several does with it in Runnels Co. when I had that lease.
Ahh the ol .375 Win. I had the handgun fever back in the 80's and had a .375 Win. barrel rechambered to .375 JDJ. I had a hard time keeping a scope mount on her and had to go with #8-40 screws to prevent shearing the base screws. Those were the days, with this thread I might go into a safe and see if I can knock some dust off some of my hunting handguns.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:51 PM   #31
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I have not killed anything in may years with a pistol. I used to hunt a lot with a 7 1/2" barrel 44 Mag. Ruger Super Blackhawk and a 14" barrel T/C Contender in 30-30. Killed quite a few things with each. Only killed a jack rabbit with my Delta Gold Cup, which is a 10mm.

I have a T/C Contender still, but I have carbine stocks and barrel on it now. The butt stock on the gun, is the most uncomfortable stock/ rifle I think I have ever shot. I loved the gun when I had the pistol grip, forearm and barrel on it. I have been thinking of getting another pistol set up for the gun.

I still want to have a custom Remington XP-100 built, I still think the 6.5X47 Lapua would be my top choice of calibers.

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Ahh the ol .375 Win. I had the handgun fever back in the 80's and had a .375 Win. barrel rechambered to .375 JDJ. I had a hard time keeping a scope mount on her and had to go with #8-40 screws to prevent shearing the base screws. Those were the days, with this thread I might go into a safe and see if I can knock some dust off some of my hunting handguns.
I read many a story about the old 375 JDJ, back when I was a kid. I never thought I had any use for one. I remember Bob Milek using one for moose. I used to read a lot of his stuff, that's what got me into hand gun hunting.
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Man this thread is getting me fired up.
To me handgun hunting is just like bowhunting only itís just a bit louder.


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I read many a story about the old 375 JDJ, back when I was a kid. I never thought I had any use for one. I remember Bob Milek using one for moose. I used to read a lot of his stuff, that's what got me into hand gun hunting.
Yes sir, I was the same way. I always thought Bob was a great gun scribe. Could not wait for Shooting Times and Guns and Ammo to come in the mail every month. Sadly those magazines and writers are not what they used to be. If I remember correctly I loaded 235 gr bullets to 2200 fps and heavy 300gr bullets to 1900 fps. Not bad ballistics in a 14" barrel. Man just talking about this stuff is stirring the juices.
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Ive had some success at our place.. i started out carrying a 4" model 19.. killed a pig and an axis with it. Then upgraded to a fantastic 586 6" and have put down several pigs and a coon or two or three

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Old 11-08-2019, 01:13 AM   #36
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Nicely done!
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:56 AM   #37
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In the mid 90's I never hunted with a rifle at all, I either used a Contender with a Bulberry 22lr match barrel or an XP100 in 35 Remington. I had an XP100 built in 358 Winchester too.
When I was a kid there was man named Dic Casull that was building duplex and triplex loads in 45 Colt cases. Elmer Keith said he was the dumbest man alive.

I eventually saved enough money to buy my first Freedom Arms 454 Casull in 1990. It was the Hunter grade with a 6 inch barrel, the Premiere grade was out a reach for a guy making 12.00 an hour. Believe I paid 1000.00 for the revolver then. I can remember getting aggravated with the Casull because it was built to tight tolerances and your reloads had to be perfectly made or they would not chamber. Sizing dies could not close enough to the rim to let them chamber unless they were modified, and brass was high dollar too.

I also knew a fella by the name of Veral Smith(LBT Bullets) that made me several moulds for my 454. He got in trouble and did a stint in the jail house, but that man was cast bullet smart. He was making big old meplats on cast bullets moulds and come out with a blue lube that worked real well. My first kill with the 454 was an old mule eared doe, I could not believe how much power and the size of the wound that 300gr WFN made. I had a hook up for Linotype back then, so I was casting my bullets from that. Ha, y'all got me started

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I have a Freedom Arms .454 Casull in Premier grade. Currently have a Leupold red dot sight on it, but I have a scope for it as well. Been thinking about breaking it out on a hunt or two this year.
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Well after reading this looks like I'll have to load up some 41 mag and see what I can do. It's been a while since I've done a pistol only hunt.
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YESSSSSS !!!!!

Great Thread !!!! shopping for a .44 Mag so I can join this group
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Nice to see quite a bit of love here for the .41 mag.


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Old 11-08-2019, 07:25 PM   #42
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Got a nice 8 tonight with my Ruger SBHH 41 magnum. He was chasing a doe and stopped right in front of me at 20 yards. Perfect heart shot. Hand loaded ammo - 210 grain Speer Deepcurl over H110. Ran about 25 yards and was done.





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Congrats on the buck Randy!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:45 PM   #44
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I shot this doe last season with my lyman plains pistol. My long gun was still on the ground while I was climbing a tree. She came right down the trail I walked in on with her nose on the ground. I had sprayed bow hunters fatal obsession on my boots. About a 20 yrd shot.


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Nice buck Randy. I use the same bullet / powder combo for my .41.


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Old 11-09-2019, 04:10 AM   #46
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Nice doe Hammer. That’s handgunning the hard way!
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:14 AM   #47
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Amazing weekend. Took this 10 this morning, also with a .41 magnum handgun.



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Dang man, you on fire. Good job
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Randy you are stacking them up!! Great work!
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:02 AM   #50
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I picked up a used (looked like it had never been shot) S&W Performance Center 629 .44 mag earlier this year. Hope to draw blood with it this season! Shooting Hornady 240gr XTP. Put a Burris variable power scope on it, but its just not practical at the higher powers. I may swap it out to a straight 2x after this season once I get to use it a little more.
VERY nice. Good luck with it.
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