I am coming up on my 21st bday and am starting to look for a handgun for myself. I want to be able to hunt with it for the most part, so it needs to be a revolver...preferably a double action. I would also like to be able to conceal carry it on occasion, so it can't be a monster either. Lastly, I don't really want to break the bank for the gun or for the ammo either. What does everyone suggest? I am rather new to handgunning and have my roots with the long guns. Any help would be appreciated!
Micah,It will be hard to find a gun that is good for both CCW and for hunting.A CCW would have a 2" bbl and this would be too short for hunting purposes.Even a 4" bbl would be a bit cumbersome for a CCW...I have a 2" snubby 357 that I carry while hunting and fishing but I wouldn't consider it a hunting weapon.This is jmo...
4" barrel is the minimum length you would want to go for any hunting purposes and also be concealable for CCW. I like S&W and Ruger revolvers. But if you are trying to save a few $, then maybe look at some of the Taurus revolvers. I've owned some of the older Taurus revolvers and they were well made, not sure about the newer ones.
You just shot an unarmed man. Well he should have armed himself!!! Clint Eastwood.
I believe that the minimum caliber should be the .357 mag. Something along the lines of a .41 mag, a .44 special, 45 Colt are bettr hunting calibers with out being too much as a concealed carry gun. I also carry a 2" 357 mag as my back up gun in the woods but do not actally hunt with it. Your best compromise would be a 4" bbl, IMO.
I've got a 4" Taurus 425 Titanium Tracker in 41 (now discontinued). It is an excellent carry gun (not necessarily concealed) and a reasonable hunting gun out to a max of about 50yd. Without looking it up I think it weighs around 21oz so you actually do carry it, without effort. When backpacking I carry it right on the waist belt of the pack, it is my tent gun laying right by my head in bear country, and I hunt close range with it. Here's 2 video of using it.