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Old 03-29-2004, 06:08 PM
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I live in MI and would like to extend my handgun hunting range. The law states that the cartridge must be straight walled and 35 cal or over. Here are my thoughts, Does anyone have any advice?

454 casull - plenty of power, high velocity for longer range. can be loaded to 45 colt velocity for plinking. in 1st place right now

475 linebaugh - plenty of power, prob not the best 100 yrd cartrige

44 mag - old standby, tried and true

41 mag - ok to 75 yrds, maybe longer

Some other to consider 445 super mag, 45 win mag, 375 win or 405 win
(I not too keen on using rifle cartridges in a handgun, too inefficient)

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Old 03-29-2004, 08:28 PM
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Any of the above would be good choices, providing you have the ability to accurately place the bullet. Realizing that normally only one shot is fired, so that one can be sized up cold without previous recoil considerations, the heaviest cartridge would be a natural choice. Follow-up shots may be a problem, though.

As indicated, many a game animal has fallen to the .44 Mag. Personally, it has just a bit more recoil with full loads that I can shoot comfortably.

My present biggest bore for hunting is a Ruger BH with 6.5" bbl in .41 Mag. This one, I can handle.
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My gunsmith back east used a T/C contender in 44 mag for sillywet shooting, and could get about 1700 fps out of that 14" barrel using 240gr bullets. That makes 150 to 200yds quite realistic under the right circumstances.

The 454 would also work great, but it seems unnecessary to me unless you are hunting tanks.
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Old 03-29-2004, 09:34 PM
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The .357 Maximum, in a single shot, when handloaded with with Hornady's 180gr SSP (single shot pistol) bullet is about as fine a cartridge as you will find for deer-sized game when limited to a straight walled casing. It shoots flat to 200 yards and the recoil is very mild compared the .44 Mag or larger rounds. Brass is readily available, you use .357 Mag dies, so it's easy to load. You also have the option of using the light bullets (110-125gr) for plinking or vermin, they turn varmints inside out and are quite accurate. I shoot it in a 14" Contender and can attain very nearly 2000fps with the 180gr SSP, which is designed to expand at pistol velocities and does. A 12" barrel probably wouldn't give up 100 fps and would be handier to hunt with, although it might increase muzzle blast somewhat, the 10" models I've fired could possibly start a brush fire.
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[QUOTE=Ryan]I live in MI and would like to extend my handgun hunting range. The law states that the cartridge must be straight walled and 35 cal or over. Here are my thoughts, Does anyone have any advice?

In Ohio where i will be hunting this winter, they have about the same rule on handguns .357 or larger and it must be a straight wall cartridge.
I chose the 454 Casull in the Ruger SRH 9.5" barrel, i will be scoping it with a Burris 2-7X LER silver.
I chose it for it's point of aim range, as well as it's down range energy.
The 454 dosen't kick nearly as bad as many people say as even my 18 year old daughter shot 12 rounds through it and didn't think it was too bad. (It was the first handgun she had shot so she really had nothing to compare it to) I shoot it one handed for grins and giggles as well as rapid double action with two hand hold. It seems to be quite acurate off hand as well.
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