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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-29-2014, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hunting Handgun question...

I am looking for a handgun to hunt deer with. I was thinking 44 or 357 with at least 8 1/2" barrel. I would like to put a scope on it. Any suggestions would help me greatly. I'd like to get into the handgun hunting side of things.

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Re: Hunting Handgun question...

44 mag s&w stealth hunter

performance center is realllly hard to beat

You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?
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Re: Hunting Handgun question...

They better be hard to beat for the price! They sure do look pretty though. For a hunting handgun, I say .44 mag, or maybe a .41 mag on the low end, with a six inch or longer barrel.

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i own several and have not one complaint. expensive? yes! worth it? without a doubt!

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For me it's Freedom Arms.Have the Model 83 in 44 magnum with 7.5" barrel and the Model 97 in 41 magnum with 5.5"barrel.Incredible accuracy.Have a Trijicon RMR red dot scope (1 ounce) on the 44.You get what you pay for.Remember,you only cry once.Good luck on whatever you deceide to buy.
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Re: Hunting Handgun question...

Ruger, either Super Redhawk or Super Blackhawk.

The Super Redhawk comes with mounts for a scope. In the Super Blackhawk, you would have to get the hunter model.

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Another option is T/C Contender or Encore. Personally, I'm getting back into the single shot game and plan on adding a 7-30 Waters barrel to my collection.

This is my T/C Contender with a 14" .223 barrel


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I do like my Rugers too...super blackhawks and red hawks...my PC guns are the most accurate though. the 460 shoots amazing groups beyond 200 from a rest.

the freedom arms are nice but have never owned...only shot.


as for t/c, they sure do have a following but they are incredibly un appealing to me. the engraving is cool though. other than that, no aesthetic value to me.

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The SBH mounts the scope to the barrel


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Re: Hunting Handgun question...

If you're just getting into it I would recommend a Super Redhawk. If you keep your eye out I usually see at least one or two for sale around here used for under $500. If you like it and want to upgrade to a better gun then you can spend the cash. If you don't like it you can usually get most back out of the gun if you sell it.

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Re: Hunting Handgun question...

357's have taken a lot of whitetail, but in my mind a little underpowered for shots beyond about 40-50 yards. there are a number of pistols and cartridges that are far more powerful, as suggested the 44 Mag, the 41, the 460, 472 the 500 S&W, even the old 45 Colt is available in some hot factory loads for modern guns.
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