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What CALIBER sidearm when hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by cnutco, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. cnutco

    cnutco

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    When hunting with a rifle or pistol... what caliber sidearm do you carry and why?
    (Deer hunting mainly, but any will do.)

    • .22?
    • .357?
    • .44?
    • ?
     
  2. Kyle E. Coyote

    Kyle E. Coyote Super Genius

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    I've always gone with 10mm Norma or .45 Colt.
     

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    East of the Ohio: .357

    West of the Mississippi: .44

    In between: either.
     
  4. cnutco

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    Is there any reason why a person would carry a .22?

    I use to carry a .44 Redhawk, but this coming year it will be a 6"brl G20sf.
     
  5. Gun Shark

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    I carry a g27 when I am hunting because I mainly hunt wild boar and the first time I went i brought a sig p226 and it took 9 hollow points as well as the first shot from a .223 from a stand and it still need to have its throat cut because it wouldn't die. ever since I started bringing the g27 the most i have ever shot at one time is 4 and it was a giant hog.
     
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    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    .41 Mag for me. Always.
     
  7. pate357

    pate357 Pees excellence

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    .357 Blackhawk takes care of anything around here. If I was in Grizzly country I'd go with .44 mag for sure.
     
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    ajstrider Silent Warrior

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    I don't normally carry a sidearm unless, actually, no, never. I hunt in bear turf sometimes too. I figure it is better to stay alert and don't provoke anything than to count on your sidearm helping you out. Spend more time packing your food appropriately than picking out a sidearm.
     
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    I outside holster carry a .44mag if I think I might shoot a deer with it. Often, if I carry that I'm not carrying any long-gun. But I might also conceal carry a 9mm.

    If I do carry a long-gun, then I just conceal carry my Glock26 9mm, like I normally do, whether hunting or not.
     
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    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    G29 10mm HP for humans alternating with SWC for bears

    OR if can go big, Redhawk in 44 mag
     
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    I always carry a S&W 41 Magnum.
     
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    StockGlock23 Hilarious!

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    Ruger .357 w/ a 4" barrel. I figure it will take care of everything 2 and 4 legged in the N. Indiana woods.
     
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    If I have a centerfire rifle with me I carry a 22 (single six) for these guys
    [​IMG]
    Note: I took a picture rather than a shot at this guy because he was skylined.

    If I'm just wood's bumming around or hunting with a 22 rifle, 45 Colt
     
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    when i hunt i carry my glock 23 no matter what long-gun i am hunting with
     
  16. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    I am partial to my glock model 20..

    because 16 rounds of 10 mm is hard to argue with.
     
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    I usually take a Single Six when bird hunting.
     
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    I usually hunt with a rifle.... Savage 30.06.
    But, i always carry my "BUG" in case "SHTF"......

    [​IMG]
     
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    Almost always a G20 and an extra mag. in a Galco shoulder holster, but occasionally a .44mag S&W Mountain Gun in a cross draw holster. If I have the .44 I also have a few .44special rounds for small game with me.