Bow vs Pistol...Poll...Another fight night.

Minimum pistol with bow lethality

  • 9mm Luger

    Votes: 8 14.8%
  • 40 S&W

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • 357 Magnum

    Votes: 16 29.6%
  • 10 mm (the best mm)

    Votes: 11 20.4%
  • 44 Mag (do you feel lucky?)

    Votes: 11 20.4%
  • 475 Linebaugh

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 454 Casull

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 500 S&W

    Votes: 2 3.7%
  • Less than 9mm? Seriously? You gonna vote here?

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • More than 500 S&W? Seriously? You gonna vote here?

    Votes: 4 7.4%

  • Total voters
    54

Muddyboots

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Your vote should go to the minimum pistol round, from a non-speciallty "full size" pistol (4"-6") that you think will beat a well setup bow at 40-50 yds, for leaving an elk/deer "hoof side up" without much of a chase.

Bow guys say no way.
Handgun guys say are you crazy.

Here's what I have experienced, I shoot fixed blade Thunderheads since first day they came out in 80's and never killed another deer with another broadhead. They fly great with the RIGHT spined arrow and out penetrate any mechanical ever designed. My son and I shoot 60 yds easily with them accurately. I have a 100yd archery range in my backyard so we know how to set up our equipment. So my experience is a 450+ grain arrow with 100 gr Thunderhead will blast thru pretty much anything. My son shoots 82# 500 gr at 305fps and it is unreal what it will go thru.

I have handgun hunted for lot of years and killed a lot of deer with both .44 Mag and 35Rem.

So how do you compare two different lethality's at 40-50 yards? A proficient archer versus a proficient handgun hunter?

You don't😱

At 40-50 yards a 60# bow, 450 gr arrow with fixed blade broadhead will still pass thru elk. A big bore handgun will get the job done too.

Dead is dead ... period.
 

Treeslug

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I am gonna jump back in here, but if you are trying to kill me, you had better shoot fast.

In the 80s when I hunted with a bow regularly, I was amazed at how much more accurately I could shoot a bow at 50 yards and out to 75 yards than I could with my .44 mag. at those same distances. My PSE bow was set at 85 lbs. I would practice shooting broadheads at an old tire off of a rubber tire wheel loader. Even with a sharp, new broadhead, I could not bury a broadhead deep enough to keep me from pulling it out and reusing it. (for practice only) The .44 mag would completely penetrate one side of the tire with a heavy cast solid type hand-loaded bullet. The moral of this story is this: I never hunt heavy equipment with a bow and arrow.
 
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-WARDOG-

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WOW! I had no idea hunters were taking cape Buff's and elephants with a bow.
I looked up some vid's on the topic. About as crazy as Lyn Thompson (Cold Steel fame) taking a buff with a **** spear.
 

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