Hand gun hunters

SCGunner84

Private
Minuteman
Sep 19, 2018
73
29
24
Just curious if we have any experienced handgun hunters on the hide. I’m thinking about getting a Glock 40 MOS for whitetail. I hunt several locations where the deer come in pretty close. Any thoughts or opinions would be welcome.
 

WB300

Sergeant
Belligerents
Jan 15, 2011
443
66
34
49
GA
It could work. Just know the limits of your equipment, ballistics, and ability.

I have used TC Encore pistol in 7-08 (200 yds), Ruger Redhawk 44 mag (120 yds), Colt King Cobra 357 mag(45 yds) all on whitetail. Took a few hogs with the Glock 21 in 45 in some CQB pandemonium.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Bender

SCGunner84

Private
Minuteman
Sep 19, 2018
73
29
24
It could work. Just know the limits of your equipment, ballistics, and ability.

I have used TC Encore pistol in 7-08 (200 yds), Ruger Redhawk 44 mag (120 yds), Colt King Cobra 357 mag(45 yds) all on whitetail. Took a few hogs with the Glock 21 in 45 in some CQB pandemonium.
I’m thinking 50 yards and in with a RMR mounted on it.
 

bgavin

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Mar 19, 2018
368
131
49
AL
Just curious if we have any experienced handgun hunters on the hide. I’m thinking about getting a Glock 40 MOS for whitetail. I hunt several locations where the deer come in pretty close. Any thoughts or opinions would be welcome.
I've got one but never used it for deer. It's worked great on hogs though.

It's heavy so the recoil isn't bad at all. It doesn't snap up on you but more straight back.
 

lash

Swamp Rat
Belligerents
Sep 28, 2012
5,013
3,816
219
60
Central Florida
My experience is more with .44 mag Blackhawk and .357 Maximum TC contender. I’m practiced and comfortable to 150y with the .44 and 200y with the .357 max. Most important with handgun hunting (well, with any hunting gun really) is to know your experience and limitations with what you are carrying.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SCGunner84

BCX

Gunny Sergeant
Belligerents
Minuteman
Mar 18, 2018
889
300
69
I have handgun kills w 357 sig, 40sw, 44 mag, 45 Super Duper, 454 casull, and 500 sw. Currently own a Glock 40 w KKM barrel, TTI trigger, Jentra one piece heavy recoil rod running a 24lb recoil spring w RMR. Haven't killed w it yet. Older i get the softer i get. Shot placement is key w any weapon.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SCGunner84

BKSSNIPER

Full Member
Belligerents
May 8, 2005
144
103
49
Arkansas
I killed my first handgun deer with a G40 MOS gun in 2016. Large doe at about 40-50 yards, decent penetration with 180gr JHP from HPR ammo.
I have some Underwood 200gr JHP and Hard Cast to try but moved on to a 460 S&W.
Love the 10mm though. I feel like it is a 50 yd gun
 

chevy_man

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Jan 25, 2019
449
259
69
My experience has been with hard cast bullets out of .41 mag or .357 mag. Can't say I really believe a pistol has enough energy to make a big difference with a hp over a swc.

Either will go end to end through a deer at 50 yards. Haven't recovered a bullet yet.

Like anything, plug a hole through the lungs and they'll tip over.

Practice. I'm perfectly comfortable with my iron sights to 75 yards in my 8" Dan Wesson.
The Ruger Blackhawk wears a 4x scope so it's good to 100 yards easily (and still shoots 2" groups out there). The hard part about the Ruger is it really needs a rest to be useful with the scope so shooting sticks and a small bag are usually carried.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BKSSNIPER

Old enough to know better

Private
Minuteman
Oct 23, 2019
28
19
6
Been wanting to deer hunt with my Blackhawk in 44 mag this year not sure on a ammo choice yet would be great to have a little input have used a cva v2 300 bo pistol in the past getting hard to find super sonic ammo for it in my area
 
  • Like
Reactions: BKSSNIPER

A&8's

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Mar 20, 2019
106
50
34
Living behind enemy lines of Illinois, we aren't allowed to deer hunt with a semi-auto handgun. However, since the inception of our "pistol" season, I have hunted with a 44 rem mag or 357 mag. Both of which worked awesome.

The way our law reads, with case length restrictions, etc. I have considered building a bolt pistol, similar to the old XP100, except chambered in 300AAC. Just to give me something to do.

Kinda going back to my old saying, "The Indians killed 'em with a stick, a string and a sharp rock. Placement is the key."
 
  • Like
Reactions: BKSSNIPER and lash

Hookturnr

Low Speed, High Drag
Belligerents
Jan 20, 2012
501
287
69
Pittsburgh, PA ish..
I've taken 7 whitetail with a Blackhawk in 44mag iron sights out to about 75yds.

Then I went to a Redhawk in 480 Ruger with a red dot and took 5 more with 275 gr Speer DeepCurl's in a sporty handload out to 125yds.

Now I just got my mitts on a S&W Performance Center 500 S&W, waiting for a Leupy 4x to put on top and hopefully take it's first deer at the end of the month.

I won't shoot further than I can hold a 4" group and/or still have the bullet at 1000 f.p.s. and every deer I've wacked with one of these has been down for the count within feet, not yards.
 
  • Like
Reactions: lash

Hookturnr

Low Speed, High Drag
Belligerents
Jan 20, 2012
501
287
69
Pittsburgh, PA ish..
Been wanting to deer hunt with my Blackhawk in 44 mag this year not sure on a ammo choice yet would be great to have a little input have used a cva v2 300 bo pistol in the past getting hard to find super sonic ammo for it in my area
IIRC my load for the blackhawk was a 180gr. Hornady XTP on top of all the LIL GUN you could fit in the case. If you handload for yours, p.m. me and I'll dig up my data for you.
 

samson7x

Private
Belligerents
Mar 1, 2014
210
38
34
Thinking of getting The Glock 20 chambered in 10mm is this a good choice for white tail
I killed a nice buck with one a couple years ago. It ran <75yds before piling up.

I recently made the switch to a 10mm 1911 with RMR and suppressor though.
 

Anb618

Private
Belligerents
Minuteman
Dec 18, 2017
188
137
49
North Central Illinois
Living behind enemy lines of Illinois, we aren't allowed to deer hunt with a semi-auto handgun. However, since the inception of our "pistol" season, I have hunted with a 44 rem mag or 357 mag. Both of which worked awesome.

The way our law reads, with case length restrictions, etc. I have considered building a bolt pistol, similar to the old XP100, except chambered in 300AAC. Just to give me something to do.

Kinda going back to my old saying, "The Indians killed 'em with a stick, a string and a sharp rock. Placement is the key."
Also in IL, and have been considering doing the same thing. A 12” .300blk R700 based “pistol” would be fun in the offseason too. My only concern is the statute requires it be a “revolver or single-shot”. Not sure if an R700 action using an AICS single-shot sled will qualify. I don’t want to risk losing my hunting privileges...

They do make R700 single shot receivers, but that wouldn’t be as much fun in the off-season. 😂
 

A&8's

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Mar 20, 2019
106
50
34
And the operative word being "may" which can quickly turn into "may not". Like that's never happened before, wink.

My first full custom went from 3 months estimated by Smith to 9 months and it might have taken as long as a year if I hadn't started complaining. He had gotten busy with life's distractions, not ordering parts in a timely manor, and other work he had.

The key is to have "all" the build parts shipped to a Smith known to get things done quickly, like LRI, but all these higher end Smiths are expensive.
Also in IL, and have been considering doing the same thing. A 12” .300blk R700 based “pistol” would be fun in the offseason too. My only concern is the statute requires it be a “revolver or single-shot”. Not sure if an R700 action using an AICS single-shot sled will qualify. I don’t want to risk losing my hunting privileges...

They do make R700 single shot receivers, but that wouldn’t be as much fun in the off-season. 😂
Actually a sled will work. I found this memo put out by IDNR from last year. I'm assuming it would/could apply to any mag fed, regardless of action type.


858FDBCE-C5B5-4399-B83C-D7FA6F2A8F39.jpeg
 

A&8's

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Mar 20, 2019
106
50
34
Also in IL, and have been considering doing the same thing. A 12” .300blk R700 based “pistol” would be fun in the offseason too. My only concern is the statute requires it be a “revolver or single-shot”. Not sure if an R700 action using an AICS single-shot sled will qualify. I don’t want to risk losing my hunting privileges...

They do make R700 single shot receivers, but that wouldn’t be as much fun in the off-season. 😂

I'm sure you're aware, already, but one thing, also, to keep in mind. When buying an action, make sure how it was designated by the factory (i.e., rifle or other). It's not a 'given' it is classified as a 'receiver or other', like when buying an AR lower. Savage designates all of their non single shot actions as rifles. Whereas Remington has both.
 

Anb618

Private
Belligerents
Minuteman
Dec 18, 2017
188
137
49
North Central Illinois
Actually a sled will work. I found this memo put out by IDNR from last year. I'm assuming it would/could apply to any mag fed, regardless of action type.


View attachment 7178852
Looks like I’ll be building myself a .300blk R700 Pistol.
Thanks for looking out, I’m aware of the receiver transfer rules. Gonna buy a virgin receiver from Northland Shooter Supply. Also gonna put a FOIA request into IL DNR and get myself a copy of that memo to keep with my hunting license, just in case I come across a game warden who isn’t informed. 👍🏼
 
  • Like
Reactions: A&8's

Dewey7271

Sergeant
Online Training Access
Belligerents
Feb 27, 2014
1,197
1,030
219
Central Ohio
Ruger Super Redhawk here. 44 mag. 2x Burris.
I run 240 XTPs powered by 24 gr of 296. Accurate. Same as a previous poster in that I only go to 100 or so and use a rest of some type.
The G40 MOS w a RMR on top would probably be good. As mentioned above shot placement is key.
 

benchmstr

Sergeant
Belligerents
Oct 10, 2007
784
203
49
CEO Team waffle house
I used essentially a glock 20 roland special....I built it years before the roland special was a thing though.

In my mid twenties, and well into my thirties it was my go to hog eradicator.

I believe I was using 180 gold dots +p+

bench
 

ken4570tc in WY

Gunny Sergeant
Belligerents
Minuteman
Aug 30, 2018
513
215
49
64
Wheatland, Wyoming
45-70 Thompson Contender 14" Magnaported preproduction bull barrel with 2-6 scope, carried in Uncle Henry shoulder holster. First black bear at 15 yards, 2nd black bear at 20 yards, trophy bull moose at 17 yards, caribou at 230 yards (3rd shot), Alaska 1991-1993. All but the first bear with 400 grain Speer flat nose. With the exception of the caribou, all were one shot. A locomotive doesn't have to go fast to kill something! Our family of five ate moose meat three to five times a week for thirteen months and still gave away meat when we were transferred out.
 

lash

Swamp Rat
Belligerents
Sep 28, 2012
5,013
3,816
219
60
Central Florida
45-70 Thompson Contender 14" Magnaported preproduction bull barrel with 2-6 scope, carried in Uncle Henry shoulder holster. First black bear at 15 yards, 2nd black bear at 20 yards, trophy bull moose at 17 yards, caribou at 230 yards (3rd shot), Alaska 1991-1993. All but the first bear with 400 grain Speer flat nose. With the exception of the caribou, all were one shot. A locomotive doesn't have to go fast to kill something! Our family of five ate moose meat three to five times a week for thirteen months and still gave away meat when we were transferred out.
Good story!

Two things:
I’ve been a contender fan for most of my shooting years and hunted with a .357 Maximum. Loved it. Will someday have another. Deer out to 150-ish. One and done. I’m still mad at Remington for not supporting that cartridge. Most accurate pistol cartridge I’ve used. Especially at distance. (Saying this with only straight-wall pistol experience to go by).

And, it sounds like you probably got a bit tired of moose before you were done, lol.
 

ken4570tc in WY

Gunny Sergeant
Belligerents
Minuteman
Aug 30, 2018
513
215
49
64
Wheatland, Wyoming
Good story!

Two things:
I’ve been a contender fan for most of my shooting years and hunted with a .357 Maximum. Loved it. Will someday have another. Deer out to 150-ish. One and done. I’m still mad at Remington for not supporting that cartridge. Most accurate pistol cartridge I’ve used. Especially at distance. (Saying this with only straight-wall pistol experience to go by).

And, it sounds like you probably got a bit tired of moose before you were done, lol.
Actually, it was better than beef. The kids loved their moose burgers better than Burger King or McDonalds. We did have to add beef fat to the burger mix. The slow cooker roasts were great!
 

lash

Swamp Rat
Belligerents
Sep 28, 2012
5,013
3,816
219
60
Central Florida
Glad they enjoyed them. And yes, adding some fat to the ground meat helps. And, anything is better than Burger King or McDonald’s imo.
 

Abbotm2

Private
Minuteman
Nov 3, 2019
35
33
24
G40 Goes on every hunt with me, but haven’t had a chance to take a deer yet. Have not had good accuracy at 50yds w UW 150 extreme hunter so plan on dropping in a KKM barrel soon. 34C10CFF-7DF0-48F5-AF0C-BC66FEA3BBA8.jpeg
 
  • Like
Reactions: BKSSNIPER

myronman3

deez nutz
Belligerents
Mar 24, 2017
1,346
2,029
119
Ft. Benning School for Wayward Boys
i have hunted with contenders, and encores. several blackhawk 44 mags, a bfr 44 mag, a freedom arms 44 mag model 83. a freedom arms 44 spl; and my favorite, a ruger 44 spl flattop. coulda killed a few deer last year with the 44 spl, and coulda taken a very small 6 pt this year and elected not to.

the only deer i have taken with a pistol, is with my pocket rocket, the “noisy cricket”....smith and wesson model 360 357 magnum. on two different occasions, i was unexpectedly tracking a deer someone else had wounded, and while tracking them, caught them trying to maneuver around me in the thicket. the hardcast 160 grain bullets are the ticket.

the 10mm longslide glock with a red dot sight would probably be the way to fly. you will be well served with that combination. shot placement is everything. let them come close before you put the screws to them.
 
  • Like
Reactions: lash and BKSSNIPER

Old enough to know better

Private
Minuteman
Oct 23, 2019
28
19
6
i have hunted with contenders, and encores. several blackhawk 44 mags, a bfr 44 mag, a freedom arms 44 mag model 83. a freedom arms 44 spl; and my favorite, a ruger 44 spl flattop. coulda killed a few deer last year with the 44 spl, and coulda taken a very small 6 pt this year and elected not to.

the only deer i have taken with a pistol, is with my pocket rocket, the “noisy cricket”....smith and wesson model 360 357 magnum. on two different occasions, i was unexpectedly tracking a deer someone else had wounded, and while tracking them, caught them trying to maneuver around me in the thicket. the hardcast 160 grain bullets are the ticket.

the 10mm longslide glock with a red dot sight would probably be the way to fly. you will be well served with that combination. shot placement is everything. let them come close before you put the screws to them.
Shot placement is key
 
  • Like
Reactions: BKSSNIPER