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Posted: 12/18/2018 3:13:15 PM EST
Went out this morning for the first time for late muzzle loader season. I hunt this season with my Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter in 44 MAG with a Bushnell elite 2-6X32 scope. I use Hornady LeveRevolution 225gr FTX ammo. I have 2 doe tags to fill for this season.

I got out to one of the spots I like to sit in the timber about 6:40 am and settled in. Saw nothing til almost 8 am. I was standing/stretching and just looking around when off to my left out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw movement. I just stood there not moving a muscle looking to the left and sure enough, this decent sized doe was back behind me doing that slow walk, stop, walk, stop thing they do. She was only about 35-40 yards off behind my left shoulder. I waited for her to get her head behind a tree and drew out the Ruger slowly and cocked the hammer back. I picked out a nice opening she was heading for and raised the gun and just stood there and waited til she got into that opening. She was only between 25-30 yards from me at this point. Had the scope set on 2 power and settled the cross hairs on her shoulder and squeezed off the shot. I knew instantly I hit her pretty good. I saw that typical "flinch" they do when they're hit. She only ran about 25-30 yards away and crashed. Personally I find handgun hunting just as exciting as bow hunting. Enjoy the pics guys.



Link Posted: 12/19/2018 11:06:59 AM EST
It always seems to be the moment you're not looking for them (killed one after waking up from a mid-day nap in the pickup bed).

Congrats and nice shooting.
Link Posted: 12/23/2018 11:23:16 AM EST
Darn nice meat deer!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2018 6:02:15 PM EST
I have never tried hunting with a handgun. I am interested in it, however. What are your distances? Preferred caliber?
Link Posted: 12/27/2018 10:05:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/27/2018 10:08:53 AM EST by SamW]
Back before I wised up and used to 'push' deer in parties, I carried a 629 6" .44 mag with red dot (before the days of MRDS) in a chest rig. Kept it close and wasn't snagging on every sapling along the way. I'd have to look at the reloading bench, but pretty sure it was a heavy XTP projo over Power Pistol.

If I were doing it today I'd buy some flavor of 10mm pistol milled for a RDS and call it good.

Distances were generally <15 yards on a push in Southern IA. If I was posting I'd switch back to my 11-87 w/ RDS.

Now the 11-87 is long gone and I don't think I've taken the 629 out of the safe (RDS and mount since removed) in a decade or so.
Link Posted: 12/27/2018 11:45:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By FS2000GUY:
I have never tried hunting with a handgun. I am interested in it, however. What are your distances? Preferred caliber?
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I've shot them up to 40 yards but most of my handgun deer have been inside of 25. Have used .357,.44 and .45-70. Leverevolution ammo in all three, it worked well. Stopped buying it when I started casting though, and my homecast 405 grain .45-70's kill them just as quick as the faster Hornadys.
Link Posted: 12/29/2018 10:38:08 AM EST
Cool pics and story, thanks for posting that up.
Link Posted: 1/2/2019 2:28:08 PM EST
Thank you for the info. I may look into a wheel gun in one of these for tax time purchase!!

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Originally Posted By shack357:

I've shot them up to 40 yards but most of my handgun deer have been inside of 25. Have used .357,.44 and .45-70. Leverevolution ammo in all three, it worked well. Stopped buying it when I started casting though, and my homecast 405 grain .45-70's kill them just as quick as the faster Hornadys.
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Link Posted: 1/3/2019 8:15:36 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FS2000GUY:
I have never tried hunting with a handgun. I am interested in it, however. What are your distances? Preferred caliber?
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I've shot a handful with a G20 10mm all 20y or less. Taking a deer with a handgun is very satisfying I'd say a lot harder than with a bow.
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