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Help Buying A Handgun


I have about $500 to spend at Cabelas and would like to get a handgun for hunting. My issue is I know virtually nothing about handguns so Iím turning to my fellow hunters for answers.

Hereís what you need to know;
1. $500 is the limit but can be a used gun
2. The single-shot T/C is out
3. For deer hunting but may like to get a CWP
4. Must be able to mount a scope
5. Donít want a pistol that Iím afraid to enjoyable shoot

What I need to know;
1. Best barrow length
2. Best caliber
3. Recommendation on manufactures (good & bad)

Thanks in advance for the advice!

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whatcha hunting with it? bears? Squirrels? Deer?

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Re: Help Buying A Handgun

Get a Ruger GP 357 with 6" barrel
and put a 3x or 4x scope on it
will easily do 4" groups at 50yds
and they feel good in your hands
can practice with 38's and hunt with 357's
want to shoot mine - come visit

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If single shot is out... then that leaves a revolver for hunting.
I would check out their site & also google a caliber of revolver to get an idea
of prices of various makes available. Colt, S&W wheel guns are going to cost
more than $500 new, but sometimes you can find a deal on a used one.

If you can find an old Dan Wesson, you can probably get it for around that
price. They are usually very accurate. Rugers are good too. Never been a fan
of Taurus myself, so I'd say avoid those.

As far as caliber, .44 Mag would be best, you can shoot .44 Spec for lower
power practice. .357, I'd say would be minimum & you can practice with
.38 spec. As far as length for hunting, I'd say 6" minimum & 8" is best...
which pretty much rules it out as a "carry gun" particularly with a scope.

As far as a scope, I'd strongly consider a red dot site. Your not going to take long shots with a pistol, so magnification isn't very useful. A red dot
like a "Burris fast fire" is smaller & quicker.

Obviously, these are MY opinions, but hopefully they help.
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i would also recommend the 357...for the reasons cited above..
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Save some more money and buy one of these.
460 Smith & Wesson
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i agree with loose goose....save for the 460...they are sweet


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With your criteria my vote would be a Ruger single action super blackhawk in 44 mag. 44 specials are easy to shoot for practice. I would get at least a 6 inch barrel, longer would be better. Of course the ideal would be as stated above , to save up some more money for a more capable dedicated deer handgun. Depends on how serious you want to get into it, and what shots you're willing to take or turn down.
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dude, that thing is just silly looking LOL...the whole reason to hunt with a pistol is to have a lightweight both hands free approach to hunting and yet that thing has a 1 lb bipod, a half pound muzzle break etc...
don't get me wrong...it's sweet...but DANG!

mark me down for a ruger GP100 in .357 mag. I've shot one and they are NICE. with .38spl in the cylinder, recoil is very light and makes for good practice.

Assuming of course whitetailed deer is your quarry of choice (to the OP)

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I have about $500 to spend at Cabelas and would like to get a handgun for hunting. My issue is I know virtually nothing about handguns so Iím turning to my fellow hunters for answers.

Hereís what you need to know;
1. $500 is the limit but can be a used gun
2. The single-shot T/C is out
3. For deer hunting but may like to get a CWP
4. Must be able to mount a scope
5. Donít want a pistol that Iím afraid to enjoyable shoot

What I need to know;
1. Best barrow length
2. Best caliber
3. Recommendation on manufactures (good & bad)

Thanks in advance for the advice!
Seeing no one said it Yet, I'll say it!

If your new at this, Use the Correct Wordings....In Pennsylvania, We do NOT have CWPs!
We have LTCFs (License to Carry Firearms)...in Pennsylvania you can either Carry Open or Concealed with the LTCF it is All up to the person who is carrying, those CCWs or CWPs are a permit which makes it that you MUST Conceal to carry!

Read what 4cslabs said...he left 1 part out... it is a GP100 not just a GP...Very Good Handgun for hunting and protection and Price!
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