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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: 3D, Luzerne County
Re: Want to try a pistol
I've taken several deer, including one this year with a handgun.
In a revolver, I would go with something in .44 Magnum. Yes, the .357 Magnum will take deer and will be fine if that's all you want to hunt. I have two .44 Magnum revolvers and prefer the heavier bullet and increased energy.
The .41 Magnum is a good cartridge, but you might not be able to find ammo. Pretty much like the .30/06, you'd be able to find .44 Magnum ammo anywhere.
I'm very partial to Ruger firearms. Built like tanks. If you really intend to mount a scope, I highly recommend the Ruger Super Redhawk. I've used one for more than 20 years.
If you don't plan on mounting a scope, you can get the Ruger Super Blackhawk. I carry this revolver as a sidearm when I'm hunting with a rifle, or if I'm handgun hunting in really thick brush and my longest shot would be 50 yards and under.
You can get the Super Blackhawk Hunter, but the scope mounts on the barrel and I don't like the feel/balance when a scope is mounted.
If you want to get away from revolvers, then you can go with the T/C Contender or Encore. I took my deer this year using a Contender chambered in 7-30 Waters. Love that gun and cartridge. There are numerous calibers available for you to choose from in the Contender.
The Encore is a little beefier and you can get it chambered in rifle calibers.
I have Bushnell Trophy 2-6x scopes mounted on my Super Redhawk and T/C Contender.