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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?

The .357 mag is on the bottom end of meeting the requirements. You can find some factory ammunition that will fit the bill along with if you reload it. It is interesting in that I know hunters that pack a .44 magnum and reload their own rounds and the ones that they reload will not meet the requirements.

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The post I was replying to mentioned the data published by the gun/ammo companies as the source the game department used to determine which rounds are deemed sufficient. Odd how that kind of stuff works. Personally, if the law was not involved, I would not have a problem at all delivering a finishing shot with a .357 or my .40 S&W for that matter because if I were to ever be doing so it would be from a very short range to end it quickly for an anchored but not expired animal.

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Hey Ex! Lots of .357 Magnum loads can meet or exceed the 550 ft. pounds at fifty yards minimum. It is common to hunt big game with that cartridge. But I think your right about the .40S&W. Not any loads that stout listed in my books.

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I would be surprised if the regs were specifically designed to exclude the .357 Mag. But when I made that statement, I looked through Winchester's, Remington's and Federal's offerings and they didn't come close to hitting 550 at 50, mostly in the mid to high 400 foot lb range. So that could be an iffy one for you, and will depend on the DWM to some degree. And since I couldn't find a load that meets that requirement, they may not either. In looking around a little more now, I found only two loads that meet that requirement, and they are from a boutique bullet company-Buffalo Bore. So, if you've got something bigger than a .357 or are looking for an excuse to upgrade, you've got all the reasoning you need now.
On a personal note, I videotaped a buddy shoot a whitetail doe at about 25 with a 125 grain jacketed hollow point from a 6 inch Smith. It completely penetrated her from a broadside shot, and she went about 10 yards before tipping over. So I have little doubt of the effectiveness of a .357 on game, I just question the legality of it here in Colorado.

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Years ago handgun hunters in Colorado were required to take a Proficiency Test; where you had to demonstrate plopping 5 of 6 shots into a pie-plate at 50 yards without a rest. This was before or about the same time as "Do ya feel lucky, punk? Well, Do YA?" Not so many guys were packing 44's then. Lotta guys used single action .45 Long Colt. Nevertheless, I question the logic behind carrying around a heavy sidearm and ammo, particularly when you already have a rifle. If it is your weapon of choice for hunting, fine, but I think lugging that Hogleg gets tiresome especially with a pack and binos and water and all the rest.

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What about in New Mexico? I know you can hunt in NM with a handgun but the regulations are not specified in the boolet.

Caliber? Concealment? Etc. Below is what is listed in the NM booklet. Any info will be gratly appretiated. Big smile

DEER/PRONGHORN/BEAR/JAVELINA
"Legal Sporting Arm Types
Any Legal Sporting Arm
Centerfire rifle or handgun; shotgun no smaller than 28 gauge, firing a single slug; any bow and arrows; any muzzleloading rifle. Crossbows may be used only by certified Mobility-Impaired Hunters, see page 15."

ELK/BIG HORN SHEEP
"Legal Sporting Arms
Any Legal Sporting Arm
Centerfire rifle or handgun, .24 caliber or larger; shotgun no smaller than 28 gauge, firing a single slug; bow and arrows; any muzzleloader rifle no smaller than .45 caliber. Crossbow use is legal by certified Mobility-Impaired hunters who may use crossbows to hunt any protected species during any legal season unless otherwise restricted. Legally licensed elk hunters may use crossbows during a few Elk Rifle, Muzzleloader/Bow hunts. See pages 33, 38 and 39."

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It is unlawful to: Possess or transport a handgun if one is younger than 19 years of age, unless: attending a hunter education or handgun safety course; using the handgun for target shooting at an established and officially authorized range where shooting is permitted; involved in organized competition with the handgun; participating in or practicing for a performance by an organization that has been granted exemption from federal income tax by the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue; legally hunting or trapping; traveling with an unloaded handgun to or from one of the activities listed above; or on property of one’s parent, grandparent, or legal guardian and supervised by one of these persons. A person who commits unlawful possession of a handgun is guilty of a misdemeanor. A handgun means a loaded or unloaded pistol, revolver, or firearm which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosion, the barrel length of which, not including a revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches.

It doesn't appear to define a legal minimum here :
Centerfire rifle or handgun; shotgun no smaller than 28 gauge, firing a single slug; any bow and arrows; any muzzleloading rifle. Crossbows may be used only by certified Mobility-Impaired Hunters, see page 15.

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If I am 17 and I am from nebraska can I open carry a side arm while I'm elk hunting in colorado? confused?

If so can it be a .357 Snub nose or would it have to be something like a .45 Rock island or a .45 glock?

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Bumeedoo wrote:

If I am 17 and I am from nebraska can I open carry a side arm while I'm elk hunting in colorado? confused?

If so can it be a .357 Snub nose or would it have to be something like a .45 Rock island or a .45 glock?

thanks


If you are planning on a rifle hunt here in Colorado I don't know why you would want to pack another 2-4 pounds of iron around when you have a rifle in your hands. If you are planning a bow hunt and are afraid of a bear then bear spry has been proved to be better than a handgun in a situation with a bear. As far as a snub nose revolver, leave that for the gang bangers. A snub nose or short barreled revolver has no place other than close combat with a person. They are not accurate beyond a few yards and loose energy fast. If you still want to pack a handgun for hunting forget about the .45 acp type of round. Find yourself a nice .41, .44. .454 Casul, or one of the newer .500 magnums. Just so that you know where I am coming from, I have hunted with a handgun for over 35 years and while I have used a .357 I don't consider them adequate for the job.

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