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Location: pennsylvania
Joined: 01/27/2007
Posts: 131
Handgun hunting choice
onesonek wrote:
Nothing is more versatile than a TC

or addicting

While handgun hunting isn't for everybody, in a TC there is a chambering that'll work for any game animal.
That being said, I wouldn't carry it alone, into a potentially dangerous situation. Either somebody else would be backing me, or I would carry a second firearm.

In heavy timber, still hunting, I would rather have a revolver. But when ranges get past 50yds, give me a TC!

Dave

I would have to agree with onesonek, Dave is correct the T/C is the most versatial, you can have a barrel in .22lr then as you get familiar with it you can ad more barrels and chamberings to handle everything from tree rats to Elephant.

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Joined: 03/12/2008
Posts: 58
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I hunted with a Desert Eagle .357mag in Oct. 07. Accurate out to 100 yds. Flattened my deer at 45yds. first shot. then finished him off with a neck shot at about 35yds.(in a wheelchair so i cannot walk to him for dispatch shot)

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Location: Muskoka Ontario
Joined: 09/04/2007
Posts: 351
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We can't handgun hunt here in Canada but I shure would like to try with my S &W 629 . It sounds like a lot of fun.
F.K.

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Location: Delaware
Joined: 02/20/2008
Posts: 78
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Now I am an avid handgun hunter and have been hunting with a handgun for 25 years, I have taken, deer, hogs and black bear with my handguns. I don't like anything under 44 Mag or 45 Colts if hand loaded for hunting big game.

If your looking for one good all around gun for hunting and back up for nothing over black bears, the 45 Colt and 44 Mag is the way to go, if you want more power get the 454 Casull. Now if you want to get the big bad boys get a 460 or 500 Mag. I own all the guns I listed above, I hunt with all of them and have ones for different situations. When I am black bear hunting up close I use my BFR 500 Mag and carry my 4 inch S&W 500 Mag as my back up gun. If I have to track anything, my 4 inch 500 Mag is in my hands. For deer hunting, I use my 44 Mag or 45 Colt for heavy wooded areas, and if I have a chance at a long shot, say over 100 to 200 yards, my S&W 460 Mag with it's 2x6x32 scope gets the call to duty.

Now that I truly confused you, maybe you should start out with a good 44 Mag and you can practice with 44 specials tell you get the hang of the handgun. JMHO. Thumbs up

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Location: Southern NH
Joined: 09/13/2006
Posts: 379
Handgun hunting

I have handgun hunted deer since about '81. Haven't used a shotgun since I got my first S&W Model 57 (.41Mag). I bought a second Model 57 a few years later because it had a longer barrel (8-3/8" vs. 6") and it had a scope mount on it. It's outfitted with an Aimpoint 1000 red dot sight. I didn't want to drill my first Model 57. I handload for it but also buy factory 210g jacketed soft points when I find them for a fair price. The .41 works great on deer and would be OK for bear. If I were to do it all over again, I would try to find a nice .44 Mag. Ammo is a lot easier to find and is usually cheaper. Here's proof that a .41 works good on deer:

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Joined: 03/29/2008
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.445 Super Mag

My favorite is a T/C G2 with a 16" barrel, w/muzzeltamer. .445 Supermag loaded with 300 gr. XTPs. Great Whitetail gun, going to try it on Blackbear this fall.

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Location: Seattle, WA
Joined: 08/29/2007
Posts: 190
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I use a Savage Striker in .308 put a Burris 4-12 handgun scope on it. I shot Deer and Elk with this rig, It shoots just as well as any rifle I own off the bench.

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Location: Northeastern South Dakota
Joined: 08/13/2008
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I have been hunting with T/C Contender Handguns since 1982. No they are not for everyone, but they can be super accurate and extremely fun to shoot.

I use a 14" Stainless-Steel .22 LR Match Contender with a 3x12x Burris LER Handgun Scope for all my small game, small varmint hunting needs as well as Indoor Bench Rest Competition in the winter months at a local indoor shooting range. This handgun keeps me shooting year round.

I also have a 14" Stainless-Steel .223 Remington Contender with a 3x12x LER Burris LER Handgun Scope for my larger varmint / coyote hunting needs. I have had a lot of .223 Contender Barrels over the years, some 10" Bull Barrels but most have been 14" Barrels. Some were blued while others were stainless-steel. The one I currently have is the most accurate Contender Barrel I have ever had. With it's perferred load shooting 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips loaded with H-4895 Powder in Military LC Brass with Remington 7 1/2 Primers I shot 6 - 3 shot groups from the bench at 100 yards this spring. I was testing my scope for point of impact shift at different magnifications between 6x to 12x. The smallest 3 shot group that day measured slightly under 1/4", with the average going slightly under 1/2".

For Hunting Whitetail Deer I have used a number of cartridges over the years, including: .223 Remington, 6mm-223, 6mm T/CU, .250 Savage, 7-30 Waters, .30-30 Winchester, .30-30 Ackley Improved and .44 Remington Magnum. Currently I am shooting a 14" Stainless-Steel 7-30 Waters Contender Handgun with a 2.5x8x Weaver Handgun Scope. The preferred load is 120gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips with H-4895 Powder in reformed Remington .30-30 Winchester Brass with CCI-BR2 Primers. This load pushes the 120gr. Nosler to 2436 FPS average velocity with low extreme spread and standard deviation numbers. Recently I shot 5 - 3 shot groups (once I settled on this load) from the bench at 100 yards. The average was .969" center to center.

I have been thinking I might like to try a departure from the norm (well at least for me) and am considering a 7 1/2" Barreled Scope Revolver. I just can't seem to make up my mind if I want to go with a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt or a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum. I think either would be a nice addition to the Contenders I hunt with.

As I stated up front, hunting with Single Shot Contenders is not for everyone. I have found the best way to pack them is to carry them on a sling just like I did with Rifles when I owned and hunted with Rifles. A person has to be prepaired to make a good shot as a follow up shot is not as quick as with a repeater. However I have learned to carry spare ammo on a wrist ammo holder (on my shooting wrist) and believe it or not these single shots can be reloaded quicker than a person would imagine (but I would still want a repeater if in country where things could bite back) with practice.

Not sure if I helped or confused you. I for one like the versatility of the interchangeable barrels of the T/C System. I also like the range afforded buy some of the cartridges available in the T/C's.

Good luck with whatever you decide to go with. Practice, practice and practice some more and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Larry

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Location: Kamloops, BC
Joined: 12/09/2008
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Ahh... I am not allowed to hunt with a hand gun in BC Canada, so this topic makes me kinda jealous I guess. Cant even carry a handgun in the bush. Gun range ONLY!

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Location: Northeastern South Dakota
Joined: 08/13/2008
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Nathan213 wrote:
Ahh... I am not allowed to hunt with a hand gun in BC Canada, so this topic makes me kinda jealous I guess. Cant even carry a handgun in the bush. Gun range ONLY!

Man I feel for ya bud. That would indeed suck, especially for me since I have my right lung glued to my chest wall and can not shoot shoulder fired weapons that produce much recoil.

Larry

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