Whitetail Sidearm

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Yankee2718, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. A Glock 17 or a Glock 23? Either would accompany my .30-06. Maybe use it if I was presented a shot under 20 yards.

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  3. Travelin' Jack

    Travelin' Jack Misinformed

    Out of the two, definitely the 40. Hornady makes a 180 grain XTP in 40S&W, I'm sure it would do the trick.

  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    I would carry the G17. People killed alot of deer with calibers that we consider pretty anemic today. Inside of twenty yards a double lung shot with either is game over.

    I carry a pistol when I hunt for protection against two legged predators. You never know who could be using your property for a meth lab or outdoor grow. A scope rifle is far from ideal up close and personal.

    I dont know who started the rumor that deer were armored. They are not hard to kill.
  5. M 7

    M 7

    Regardless of which caliber/load you choose, just treat it like bow-hunting and engineer your shot accordingly. I've taken a deer with a 17L (ammo was a 147 gr. XTP which expanded nicely) and it was a very rewarding challenge.
  6. The point is not IF you can do it, but whether you can do it consistently & humanely. Hunting is a sport, not a game. It is the hunter's obligation to kill the animal in question as humanely and quickly as possible as the animal is entitled to a noble death.
  7. On a range I'm capable of making hits consistently out to 50 yds with either, but that's too far when you're nerves and adrenaline are jacked up. 20-25 is the max. I'm kind of leaning towards a 124 gr bonded +P round, either PDX1, Speer GD, or Underwood GD.

    The .40 in a 165 bonded or 180 HST/XTP isn't out of the question.

    The double lung was what I was going to aim for.
  8. I agree with you in principle, but there is no such thing as a noble death. Death is death. Bleeding, squealing, kicking. Taking bad shots and causing a slow, agonizing death is one thing, but there is no such thing as a noble death.
  9. dkf


    The G23 without any question. I would probably load it with a stout 180gr JHP or hardcast. A far more ideal whitetail sidearm is a 4"-6.5" .44mag.
    #8 dkf, Sep 30, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
  10. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

  11. Nickotym

    Nickotym BillofNeeds?NO!

    Depends on your state I guess. In many states a 9mm is not allowed for deer hunting. not sure .40 would be either. here in VA, we are allowed to use anything bigger than a .22, but when I lived in ND, we could not use anything smaller than .357, but now it has changed there to be anything bigger than .35 caliber so 9mm would be ok.

    Anyway, double check your regulations, don't want to get in trouble with johnny law out in the woods.
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  12. Centerfire 22 or larger
  13. Neither, 357 mag minimum, 44 better.
  14. ditto on the last post. Both of those caliber makes for a better hunting caliber than a 9mm.
  15. Given only those 2 choices, the g23 with 180 gr bullets would be my pick.

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  16. The Retired Sarge

    The Retired Sarge "The Sarge"

    Drop a 357SIG Glock 32 factory barrel in your 23 and you have the best option of your two pistols. Bill
  17. All of the testing I've seen, the 165s are penetrating more than the 180s. I think if I do use it I'll go with 165 pdx1.
  18. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    When I go deer hunting, I carry my Mossberg 550 with 12ga slugs, my S&W 629, and my G17. I carry a Spyderco Clipit Endura knife as well.
  19. Why the two handguns?
  20. I looked at the underwood 155xtp at 1300fps. That might be a good choice.
  21. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Well, my G17 in a shoulder holster makes for a quieter finishing shot on a wounded deer. I carry my .44 just to back up my shotgun.
    #20 SCmasterblaster, Oct 1, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012

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