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What pistol would yall recommend for hunting smaller NC deer with.  A large deer hear may top out at 150#s with few and far between getting more than 125#.  I have used the dan wesson 357 mag before but it has been put up and relagated as collectable from the sentimental value attached to it.  Wanting to pick up something else as a hunting pistol.  NO brand preference or round preference as long as it get the job done.  I'd like double action but am not opposed to single action.  I don't wanna spend a great deal of money on one but don't want something thats gonna fail me down the road either. 
 
NC law says it cannot be less than .25 caliper.  NO barrel length requirment  (i'd prefer at least 4" no more than 6")
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S&W Mod. 27, or 686.
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500S&W, fairly cheap to shoot. can kill about anything you come across. really easy to load for. U can shoot stuff out past 200yards with it. Mine is a joy to shoot. KB shot it and really like it.
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Ruger Redhawk with the 4" barrel and Hogue grip.  I got one in .45 colt, and really like it. 

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to much gun for our deer here in NC, you knows that.
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NO, there is no such thing as TOO MUCH gun. shoot a solid or flex tip 350gr..
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What do yall think about using "auto" rounds to hunt with?  45auto? or 10mm?
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Maybe a 10mm, but I wouldn't go .45; to slow for distant shots.
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Get a .460 Rowland
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My vote is for a revolver of 44mag or greater, are you planning to scope it?
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If you want something purely for hunting, I would consider a TC in a variety of calibers. Barrels are easily switched for varminting calibers and optics are plenty. I have one and it is great for all around handgun hunting.
The Redhawk in .44 is nice. Mine has a 2x Leo and works great on deer. My longest shot has been 40 yds, but it is m.o.w. @ 100 yds.
The G20 in 10mm will definitely work on deer but I wouldn't shoot past 40 yds. with mine. I would put most of my 4" wheel guns in the same category.
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I have dropped more Deer with a .357 Colt Trooper Mk III 6" than all my rifles combined. I prefer 158 Gr HP at 1200+ fps. It will only drop about 3.5" at 100 yd and still be above 1000 fps.

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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

500S&W, fairly cheap to shoot. can kill about anything you come across. really easy to load for. U can shoot stuff out past 200yards with it. Mine is a joy to shoot. KB shot it and really like it.
NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH GUN...
The recoil is really smooth... lay into a second shot very quickly.  Love that revolver.   
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If I take the plunge into handgun hunting, it is going to be a 460 S&W Magnum.
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TC Encore with Bullberry barrel.  One is 45-70 the other is 44 mag and the 44 mag now wears an Aimpoint 9000L  If your state allows other than straight wall cartridges I would suggest .308 or 7mm08 but the sky is the llimit on calibers at http://www.bullberry.com/ If you want a revolver pick a Smith and Wesson 629 or 686Plus or one of the other larger ones - I prefer 44mag but this 45-70 is ideal for those who scream the praises of the 500 or 460 S&W's
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What would you limit your shots to distance wise?

Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

What pistol would yall recommend for hunting smaller NC deer with.  A large deer hear may top out at 150#s with few and far between getting more than 125#.  I have used the dan wesson 357 mag before but it has been put up and relagated as collectable from the sentimental value attached to it.  Wanting to pick up something else as a hunting pistol.  NO brand preference or round preference as long as it get the job done.  I'd like double action but am not opposed to single action.  I don't wanna spend a great deal of money on one but don't want something thats gonna fail me down the road either. 
 
NC law says it cannot be less than .25 caliper.  NO barrel length requirment  (i'd prefer at least 4" no more than 6")
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Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

What would you limit your shots to distance wise?

 
It would depend on what i would be comfortable with after shooting the gun.  obviously whatever i could accurately hit out to and ethically use it to.
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I have a led on a ruger 44 mag.  More details will come tomorrow afternoon about it.
 
I'd love to have one of them MOA handguns now but can't swing that right now.
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The Mod. 57 41Magnum is a misunderstood cartridge that actually should have been a great success. I think it failed because of it's name and when it was released. When it was released with the Magnum name alot of urban P.D.s wouldn't allow it's use because it had Magnum in it's name, and that had the conotation that the PD was out to kill people. The cast bullit load was ideal for Law Enforcement work, while the jacketed bullit load was an ideal hunting load. In fact the 10mm Auto was based on duplicating the 41s cast bullit load for LE work. If you look at the ballistics of the 41 cast load and the original Norma 10mm Auto load, they are almost identical.
For many years the .41 Magnum was the cartridge to beat in the production class of silohette handgun matches, because it shot flatter than the 44Magnum and had almost as much energy at the same distances.
While I still think the .357 is the best choice because of ammo availability, you certainly couldn't go wrong with a .41 Magnum.
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41 mag or 44 mag in a revolver, and either of those in a TC or MOA Maximum.
If you are wanting a straight wall case that works great in a break-open  or MOA the 375 Win., may be the distance winner.
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Freedom Arms 454

Ok, maybe that is just my dream gun, but it is a sweet one.

I shot a deer once at about 40 yards with a 45 acp.  I would not recommend doing that.  I knocked it down after about 4 shots.


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Well I can tell you that 40 S&W sucks for shooting deer and the 45-70 lays them flat right now. Ive shot deer with .357 mag with good success but there is no doubt in my mind that if I was going to the store to buy a hunting handgun it would be a 44 mag.  There is an abundance of different loaded ammo to select from.  While the 41 mag was a nice cartridge its a not a popular caliber any more and ammo is hard to find its even getting hard to find much .357 but there is plenty of 44. mag to be had and it will shoot the 44 Special loads also which are about ideal for self defense at home where you dont want extreme penetration.  When I carried a 629  4 inch on duty in Texas I was quite happy with it.  The smith is worth the difference in cost stepping up from the price of a ruger super blackhawk as the Smith is more accurate.  Taurus also makes one and if you are trying to go cheap that may be worth a look but I would rather buy US made if you can.
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Freedom Arms 454

I have one......not a good choice for deer. Recoil is substantial, to say the least.
For an all around hunting revolver, a 6-7 1/2" in DA or SA in suitable caliber. Not the .454 M83, though
 


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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

What pistol would yall recommend for hunting smaller NC deer with.  A large deer hear may top out at 150#s with few and far between getting more than 125#. 
 
Pronghorn antelope run about the same size as the deer you are describing.  I have killed several of them with my 4" S&W 686+ Mountain Gun.  On paper targets and with iron sights the gun is easily hunting-accurate to well beyond 100 yards and one of the antelope I killed a couple years ago was at a laser-measured 76 yards.  It ran only about 10 yards after the shot before piling up. 
 
In my state a handgun must produce 500 ft. lbs of energy at 100 yds to be legal for big game hunting.  In order to accomplish that a 180 gr. bullet is necessary and it must exceed 1243 fps at the muzzle.  To do this I load up cartridges with 11.5 gr. of 2400.  This gives me 1295 fps from my gun which easily exceeds the energy requirement.  This is a very hot load and could be extremely dangerous in any given revolver so; proceed profoundly carefully if you try to mimic it.  You may not need to meet such a requirement but, it is a deadly combination if you should decide to try.
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