Hunting Pistol????

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by ryan_marine, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. ryan_marine

    ryan_marine New Member

    Aug 4, 2004
    I am looking at getting a hunting pistol. I am wanting a 500 or 460. But I don't have that much spare $$$ yet. What do you all think would be a good accurate pistol that will drop deer out to 75yrds?


  2. tony stark

    tony stark New Member

    May 8, 2006
    i would think with proper shot placement any good old 44 mag. could do that.
    proper shot placement is the key. even with a 338 win mag a hit in the butt won't do it.

  3. tex45acp

    tex45acp New Member


    for the last 18 years I have been harvesting Texas whitetails, Muley's and even a large spotted Fallow Deer with a Stainless Ruger Redhawk in .41mag. It has a 7.5" barrel and I have a 2X Leupold Handgun Scope on it. I only take broadside heart/limg shots and have made one cleanly out to 118 yards on one of the Mule Deer. He ran about 25 yards and dropped dead in his tracks. As stated earlier "shot placement is critical for ethical handgun hunting".

    Good luck and practice, practice and then practice some more!!!

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2006
  4. BlkHawk73

    BlkHawk73 New Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    What Tony Stark says is true. If you can't get the shot placement, cambering matters not. For whitetail out to 75 yrds, you have no need to go with the super cannons. The standard .41 mag, .44 mag and .45 Colt will do the job just fine. These three will laso be available in more affordable platforms and with more affordable ammo. These three will also be more shootable due to the lesser amounts of recoil which in turn will likely allow more practice and make the practice sessions a bit easier on you (and the wallet). Remember, these cartridges have been quite capable as hunting cartridges for quite some time. The game animals haven't gotten tougher so these new super crtrdiges aren't really neccessary. It's many times the hunter thinking he needs these super cannons either to compensate for lack of confidence in thier shooting (poor shot placement) or somply not really knowing the capabilities of the other available cartridges.
    As for the actual handgun...Again, I'd stick to one of the three cartridges I mentioned and look at one of the Ruger single actions in those chamberings. If you're looking at adding a scope, the Super Blackhawk Hunter models come with rings are designed for scope useage. While not a cataloged model, these were made in .41 and .45 Colt in limted numbers. The .41 magnum version Hunter is still easily found. the .45 Colt Hunter, not so common as far fewer were made. each was also made in the Bisley configuration. This design many favor for it's better handling of recoil. It also has a lower hammer design which with a scope is a good thing.
    If you're not to use a scope, any of the Ruger SA's would be a great choice and are all quite affordable and considered one of the strongest models on the market. The longer bbls models will make shots aier having the longer siht radius. The .44 mag SBH is available with a 10" bbl while the others are at most available with a 7 1/2" bbl. Blued or stainless is up to you.
    Happy hunting!:)
  5. ryan_marine

    ryan_marine New Member

    Aug 4, 2004
    The pistol will also be used on hogs but I don't think that there will be a problem with a 45LC on them. That is why I am thinking about the 460. I have shot 2 different 500. One with a 4" and other with the 8 3/8". I like them as well. I know shot placement is the key. I have shot bowling pins at 75yrds with the 500 and no scope. But I want a scope for hunting. What platforms will take a scope in 45LC. My dad has a ruger vaquaro (sp) But it will have to be drilled and tapped. I would like to keep it orignal though. Let me know what different ones to look at. I will need atleast 7" barrel due to hunting laws.


  6. BlkHawk73

    BlkHawk73 New Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Like I mentioned befoe, look at the Ruger "Hunter" models. They come pre-equipped with rings and mounting provisions.
  7. How much are you wantin to spend on it Ryan?
  8. john fox

    john fox New Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    I use a Super Redhawk with a 2X Leopold scope in 44 mag. Does the job.
  9. stimpylu32

    stimpylu32 New Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Lima Ohio
    I lucked into this one for $ 250.00 just because the owner did not know what he had .


    It was a factory S&W mod. 657 in .41 mag that was re-chambered to 41 GNR , the guy thought it had a bad cylinder because when he tried to shoot factory 41s in it they would split the casesfrom top to rim .

    With a set of the proper dies and the right ammo i now have a gun that will take anything in north america .
  10. tex45acp

    tex45acp New Member

    If it is 7+ you must have to have to meet state handgun hunting laws, look at SBH Hunter or the Redhawk. Here's the one I spoke of in .41mag. It comes with integral scope ring mounting slots and even the rings are included. I like the fact that the scope is mounted forward the frame to take some of the recoil out of the hot loads.

  11. Great lookin guns Tex and Stimpy
  12. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    I like the Ruger Super Redhawk in .44. Comes with scope mounts. Oughta do ya good.
  13. I've not done a lot of hunting with a handgun, only feral pigs quite a few years back when I was young and foolish and didn't believe for a second ol' Mr. Boar could get me before I got him. :D For those I used a Smith Mod 29 6 inch in .44 mag. It never failed me.
  14. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    I too have hunted with my S&W Model 629, .44 Magnum, an early model with 6" barrel, and feel comfortable with it in a hunting envivonment. With the older large square butt, it is great to hold steady and makes a fine weapon!!

    As you know, this is the stainless version of the Model 29 Pistol was talking about.


    Nov 30, 2006
    New Baltimore, MI
    I've shot my buddy's Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 mag, and it's a very good gun for the $$. Myself, I use my Colt Anaconda custom in 6" with a scope. It'll shoot just under 2" groups @ 100 yards. I've taken two deer with it here in Michigan over the years - both were (1) shot kills. IMHO A .41 or .44 mag will take any game under 500 lbs with proper shot placement...

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