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Old 01-06-2013, 05:42 PM
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First Deer With A Pistol


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Well I've been hunting over 40 years and have killed over 200 deer in my lifetime, but never hunted with a pistol. I've been on a Ruger Blackhawk kick lately and finally decided to start carrying one with me hunting. This afternoon I shot my first deer with my Blackhawk in 45 Colt. 250 grain JHP Hornady pushed with HS-6. It was pretty impressive, huge doe and she went about 10 yards, you could really tell the impact was impressive when it hit her. 40 yard shot and I only hit her about 4 inches back from where I had her pointed. Now I'm hooked.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Congrats, where's the pics?
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:00 PM
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I'm not much on pics of does, but I could go and take a pic of a cooler full of meat for you
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:01 PM
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That is why I always carry a large caliber handgun with me deer hunting. A close shot is easier with a handgun than a large rifle.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:09 PM
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Better yet send me some Backstrap
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:31 PM
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Congratulations Mirage.

Been hunting whitetail with a SS pistol for many years. Now this year my son took his first deer with his 41 mag S&W...now he might be hooked also.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:58 PM
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We've all seen pictures of a big doe...how about showing us the gun?!

I've shot a few critters with my Contenders, but never with a big revolver. I bet that was pretty cool.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:11 AM
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When I get home tonight, I'll post pics of the Blackhawk kick I've been on lately
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:05 PM
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Can anyone help me with loading pics, I'm having a h*lluva time.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:45 PM
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Have killed 3 deer with a 45 Auto. Sadly all were ones hung up in fences - woven wire with a strand of barbed wire - basically mercy shots as they were too far gone to save. Was in time to free two that did recover - one that had a noticeable limp for at least the next two years, but bore fawns both years.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:53 AM
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I'll never forget the first deer I took with my Super Black Hawk .44 mag.
I'd practiced with that dang thing for months, mainly from a sitting position.
This deer got up from its bed at about 30 yards.
I tried to sit, but I couldn't see it from there.
So, I stood up, took a two handed grip, and squeezed the shot.
The thing dropped in its tracks.
I thought 'Holy Crap" this thing works!
Very satisfying.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:24 PM
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When it happens you don't have time to be surprised and that's for sure. I've killed a bunch of 'em with two different .357s, a SBH and an old .41 BH. Many hunters simply don't appreciate the killing power of these powerful revolvers. Congratulations and get pics next time.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:33 PM
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Congrates on your deer with a handgun. Like you I also harvested a doe with my S&W 329PD. Hornady 240gr HP did the job at 37yards. This comeing season I want to take one with my new Kimber Pro Carry II in 45ACP. Anyone out there ever shot one with this handgun caliber? I have not decided on 230gr HP @ 900 fps or 200gr HP @ 1000+ fps. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:01 PM
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I've taken quite a few after that first.
I limited myself to 40 yards with iron sights (That's a whole new discussion)
That .45 should be quite effective within its range.
Practice and shot placement are the key.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:55 AM
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Congrates on your deer with a handgun. Like you I also harvested a doe with my S&W 329PD. Hornady 240gr HP did the job at 37yards. This comeing season I want to take one with my new Kimber Pro Carry II in 45ACP. Anyone out there ever shot one with this handgun caliber? I have not decided on 230gr HP @ 900 fps or 200gr HP @ 1000+ fps. Any thoughts?
I have used light fast JHPs and heavy slow JHPs in .45 ACP for deer, both work fine. The type of bullet gives some variation in performance. An old Speer Lawman 200 grain "flying ashtray" load, 950 fps+/-, exited with dime size hole. 165 grain Golden Saber Remington did one rib one the way in and fragmented, damaging the liver and backstrap with fragments. 230 HydraShok at about 850 fps kill just fine, no exit wounds. 200 grain Golddots are now my standard load, tending to hold together. Oh yes, Hornady 200 grain XTPs are fine too. I have only handloaded the Gold Dots, at +P velocities, the rest are factory standard. No real need to push handloads fast, but I do because I can and use revolvers for my ACP handloads. I load them in full moon clips so I don't inadvertantly load "revolver only" loads in a standard semiauto. They are all within 23,000 psi specs for +P but I don't like to batter the slide on an expensive "target" Kimber Gold Combat II or self defense aluminum frame Kimber Custom CDP 5".
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:38 PM
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Deer hunting in August... Gotta be South Carolina! Good work on your deer,I've only taken one hog with a handgun,but am looking foward to using them more when I get moved to Columbia this fall.
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