Who is going to use a handgun for deer this season? What distance will you limit yourself to for shots? Gun season for me starts Nov 18. I'm planning on using my Dan Wesson .44mag pistol, 8inch barrel, iron sights. I was practising the other day while specifically thinking about deer hunting. I think 50 yards is my range. In a real life hunting scenario (unrested shot, heart beating like crazy)I can get them inside an 8 inch diameter circle at 50 yards. That's probably the max spread allowed for a good kill zone. I think the most important thing isn't so much the distance, but the sight picture I get. If it looks like I can "see" and hold on the heart/lung area by the elbow of the deer, then it should be a good shot. At 100 yards, for example, my sight picture would crap and the I'd only be aiming at the whole mid-section and not the kill zone. So, 100 yards is too far for me. The .44 shoots pretty flat, so I don't have to worry about bullet drop inside 100 yards. If I had a scope on it maybe I'd be looking at 100 yards, if I could hold steady enough. But as things are, 50 yards is my practical limit. How about you guys? Edited to say: I'm asking more about your thought process regarding the distance you limit yourself to. I don't mean for this to be a question of what your skill level is. 50 yards is more my reference point than it is an indication of any ability I may or may not have.