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Hunting with handgun cartriges

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I'm fascinated by handgun hunting (probably the whole "forbidden fruit" thing) and I got thinking, what can you take with various handgun rounds? There are some VERY powerful handguns out there, like the .500 S&W, but I'm curious about the other staples. Rounds you may not think about when you think handgun hunting. Are there any hunting applications the following cartridges could be used for? What would they be good for and at what ranges? Would it make a difference if it was from a pistol/revolver/contender/carbine?

9mm Luger
.40 S&W
10mm Auto
.45 ACP
.357 SIG
.45 GAP
.45 Colt
.357 Magnum
.44 Magnum
.41 Magnum
.50 AE
.454 Casul
.327 Federal Magnum

There's others that I am forgetting for sure. A bunch of .32 or .38 caliber rounds for example. I expect that rounds like the 9mm would not be used for hunting at all, and rounds like .45 ACP only from close range, but if I knew, I wouldn't be asking. :p

What can you tell me?
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Alright, so a 9mm *could* take a deer at short range but probaly better with something bigger? .40 S&W or is that too small? If I were to actually go handgun hunting, I would likely use a revolver but I'm curious about pistols as well (not like I"ll get the chance anytime soon).

I heard (ah, what's the guy's name? Musician, famous or perhaps rather infamous gun advocate) uses a Glock 10mm. Would that be good for whitetale out to say 100 yrds?

I just don't know what the relative powers of these pistol rounds are. :confused:
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