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Big Game Handgun Hunters...Whatcha Shootin'?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by turbonatr, Nov 25, 2004.


  1. turbonatr

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    I am curious to see what handguns and loads GT's handgun hunters use for big game. I especially want to hear from my fellow 454 Casull shooters!

    Whatcha got??
     

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  2. Steve in PA

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    A scoped Ruger Super Redhawk .44mag.

    Pet load is 240gr Hornady HP-XTP, 24.0gr H-110, Remington cases, CCI primers.

    The other load I use is the 300gr XTP with 20.0gr of H-110.
     

  3. TJC

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    When I get to go out of state and hunt w/a handgun I use a Magna Ported Ruger Super Redhawk, 9.5". Scoped with a 4x Simmons.
    Loaded with handloads. Hornady 265 grn. rifle bullet with 22.0 grns of W296 and a CCI mag primer in WW cases.

    It hasn't failed me yet.
     
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  5. CanyonMan

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    Mostly the Ruger SBH 44Mag, 7 1/2" Barrel, with my reloads of 300gr. cast bullet. (my most accurate handgun).

    Ruger BH, 45lc; 300gr/325gr. cast wnfp. (better gun, and round, IMHO)

    Marlin 45/70; 405gr. cast


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  6. trapfan

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    S&W .44 Magnum 629 Classic 8 3/8in with a Leupold 2X EER scope. For Whitetail deer/Russian Boars I use Federal 240gr jhp Hydra-Shoks.
     
  7. riddleofsteel

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    After many years of T/C Contender and scoped S&W 629 shooting I came to the conclusion that most hunting specific handguns were short clumsy rifles without stocks. When I hunt with a handgun it is a handgun that fits in a regular holster and is convenient to carry.
    Currently I am using a 7.5" Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt. I usually use a 250 grain Hornady XTP hollow point over a max charge of 24 grains of H110 or a 255 grain SWC over Unique. Velocity is a hair over 1300 FPS and the recoil makes it a two hand job to hold on. Terminal performance is on par with my .50 Renegade and I limit myself to about the same distances. Add to this it fits in a simple cross draw holster and is a joy to carry under my hunting coat. I would not hesitate to try any game on this side of the world with this gun and load. Having no desire to be a chew toy for a large brown bear it might not be my first choice for hunting one. However, with a hard cast 300 grain SWC I have no doubt I could give one an extremely bad day if I had to.

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  8. turbonatr

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    The 45C Colt is a fantastic cartridge. It can do anything that the 44 magnum can do and then some, but do it will less pressure and a larger diameter bullet. Loaded down for cowboy action shooting or loaded up for any game animal on this continent and beyond.

    I have really been considering a Ruger Redhawk with a 5.5" barrel in 45 Colt as a more packable option over my 7.5" SRH in 454 Casull. The Redhawk would make an excellent "woods walking" gun.
     
  9. WFR

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    When I head upstate tomorrow I will have my Ruger OMBH 6.5" in .41 magnum on my side. After some research and shooting multiple loads I will be using the Winchester 250gr PlatinumTip HPs.
    I also have a S&W 657 with a 6" barrel. I used to own a sweet shooting 629 Hunter Classic with a 6" barrel but decided to stick with the .41's. More than likely I will use my .280 Rem Mtn Rifle but if the shot presents itself I'd love to put those new Winchester loads to the test!
    Good luck to everyone!
     
  10. sarge

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    Super Redhawk 44 Mag or G20...

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  11. CanyonMan

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    turbonatr, said...(quote)...

    "The 45C Colt is a fantastic cartridge. It can do anything that the 44 magnum can do and then some, but do it will less pressure and a larger diameter bullet. Loaded down for cowboy action shooting or loaded up for any game animal on this continent and beyond.

    I have really been considering a Ruger Redhawk with a 5.5" barrel in 45 Colt as a more packable option over my 7.5" SRH in 454 Casull. The Redhawk would make an excellent "woods walking" gun.(end quote)...

    Amen!

    I forgot to add this one in my above post... it is really a favorite of mine, and i must admit, i do like it more than my SBH 44mag..
    Very good cartridge.

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  12. lonewolf28152

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    Taurus 454 Casull. I don't think the Ruger was out when I bought my Taurus so that is why I went with it. When I bought it I didn't plan on using it hunting. I just wanted a hand cannon. The only one I found at the time was a 6-1/2 inch bright stainless so I said what the heck. This gun has now taken several deer with hand loads. I love seeing the fire come out of the ports!;f
     
  13. dougader

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    I love the 45 Colt cartridge. Right now all I have in that category is a SRH 7-1/2" .454 Casull. Honestly, the only reason I went with the .454 is because I get up to Alaska to do fishing and I am what the locals call "bearanoid." I would rather not see a bear at all when I'm fishing, and the last 2 years have been perfect in that regard.

    For big brown and grizzly bear I load a Cast Performance 335 grain hardcast WLN bullet over 30 grains WW 296 for about 1500 fps. I imagine that would be an awesome load for elk, too, but for anything less than grizz I'd say the 45 Colt is perfect.

    I load 255/265 SWC's with BlueDot or WW296/H110 in 45 Colt cases for deer and step up to 300 grain hardcast SWC's for elk. Unfortunately, I am one of those guys that usually sees deer and elk every time I go into the woods, EXCEPT when I'm hunting.

    For smallish blacktail deer I also have a SA 1911 in 9x23 Winchester with 125 grain Gold Dot handloads that run 1500 fps. Also, A G20 with Mike McNett's Double Tap 200 grain XTP load at 1250 fps that I would feel confident to use on any deer in the state as well as close range shots on elk.

    I have been trying to decide what gun to get in 45 Colt. I like the Ruger Bisley single action, but would have the 7.5" barrel cut down somewhere between 5"-6". I also like the Redhawk with the 5.5" barrel.
     
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    I carry a 14" TC Contender in .44 Mag with a 1.5X TC Scope and a 7 1/2" Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Mag.
     
  15. Hawkman

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    Performance Center S&W 500 mag 6.5" scoped.
     
  16. GRIZZLYBEAR

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    I use the S&W Model 657 Hunter in .41 mag or the S&W Model 629 for whitetail.

    For Muley and Boar I be using my Freedom Arms .454 (this also was my elk revolver until a purchased a S&W .500 Mag).

    Elk from the '90s till 2004 season the .454
    Elk from 2004 season till ??? .500

    grizz
     
  17. Sgt

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    I have a Taurus Raging Bull .454 that now sits idle in the safe because of the following two hunting handguns.

    1: Magnum Research Lone Eagle 30-06 with ported barrel. 2x scope.

    2: S&W 500 Mag. with Nikon Red Dot scope.

    Both are excellent handuns for hunting pretty much anything. I do handload for the 500 mag. to save on ammo. expense. The Lone Eagle I use when I am on stand with the potential for shots of 125 yrds. or more. The 500 mag. I use in my stands in the woods.

    Both weapons are surprisingly easy to shoot but the muzzle blast must be taken into consideration. I use either a walkers game ear or some electronic muffs. Plugs would also work if you have time to put them in prior to touching off a round.

    The 500 mag. does not ruin any more meat than any other weapon I have used for deer. I use 400 grn. soft points over 37.5 grains of H110. Large rifle primers.
     
  18. MarkCO

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    10mm in a 610 Revolver and a DW Razorback 1911. Primarily carried as back-ups, but I put down 3 wounded elk with the Razorback last year and shot my elk at 80 yards with it. I used Pro-Load 180 grain Speer Gold Dots.

    .40 Super in a 1911. I use this for plains deer hunting. I have shot decent sized Mulie bucks at ranges from 50 to 140 yards with excellent results. I use 180 grain Hornady XTPs handloaded to 1600 fps.

    .41 Magnum in a Ruger Redhawk. I've used this for several hunting chores. I've used several rounds from 210 grain JHPs to 250 grain cast cores.

    .414 SuperMag in a 12" Encore. I use this for hogs, elk, and someday hopefully moose. I load 265 grain Performance WLNGC using Lil Gun to just past 1600 fps. Quite the thumper.

    I like the mid-sized calibers for the better trajecotry while still retining significant energy. All of these are open sighted. If I need a scope, then I need a rifle too.
     
  19. Rabon

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    Freedom Arms Model 83
    335 Cast 31 Gr W296

    454 SRH and 454 Raging Bull
    335 cast 29.5 Gr W296

    45 Colt RBH
    335 cast 23.5 W296

    44 Mag Ruger Bisley
    300 cast 22 Gr. W296
     
  20. turbonatr

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    Out of curiosity, have you considered the 454 Casull? 260gr. slugs 200fps faster from a 4.5" shorter barrel. You get your flat trajectory and a wider bullet as well. Of course, you also get heavier recoil and a shorter sight radius, though.