Handgun Hunting

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Hunting cop
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Handgun Hunting

Post by Hunting cop » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:47 am

I know its off of the bird dog subject but have a question. I am looking to get a handgun to deer hunt with and really like the ruger SP101 with 4.2 inch barrel. (cause I can't afford a redhawk) does anyone have any suggestions on the SP101 for deer hunting.

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by Cobbhunts » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:18 am

I wish I could help you with that model, but I've never owned it. I'm sure it would be fine though. Especially as a 50 yard and under type handgun. I do prefer a slightly longer barrel for steadiness and range. But that's just what fits me. I own a Smith model 657 and its a really nice deer pistol. Bought it on my 21st birthday, nearly 15 years ago.

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by ibbowhunting » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:22 am

I own a savage striker in 7mm 08 with a Harris bi pod and a scope not your Carry type pistol, but it's a great deer gun and fun to shoot, I can shoot better group with it then my rifle

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by jimbo&rooster » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:48 am

I am not sure about your SP101, but mine is only 3" bbl, and fixed sights. If that was my chosen platform to hunt with, I would look at the Ruger GP100.

I have used my dads GP100 with hand loads to take both deer and coyotes to about 50yds.

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by Neil » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:36 pm

I used to do a good bit of pistol shooting, mostly metallic silhouette, but some hunting. A Thompson-Center Condender or Encore is hard to beat for price or accuracy, many good cartridges that will extend your range to 100 yards even with just the 10" barrel. Most will not practice enough to become accomplshed with a pistol, but the gun can shoot 6" groups off hand out to 100 meters if you do your part.

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by nikegundog » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:29 pm

Neil wrote:I used to do a good bit of pistol shooting, mostly metallic silhouette, but some hunting. A Thompson-Center Condender or Encore is hard to beat for price or accuracy, many good cartridges that will extend your range to 100 yards even with just the 10" barrel. Most will not practice enough to become accomplshed with a pistol, but the gun can shoot 6" groups off hand out to 100 meters if you do your part.
I like T/C for hunting, the great thing about the gun is you can pick your poison in terms of hunting cartridge, and practice using a .22 barrel on the same platform.

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Re: Handgun Hunting

Post by Ike » Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:23 pm

If you are hunting from a tree stand and shots are under 50 yd it's probably ok. I've never shot a deer with anything smaller than a .41 mag (Love my S & W Mod 57). I'd save my $ and get a bigger gun.

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