New to handgun hunting

Mason Blackmon

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Hey all,
I’m thinking this year I want to try my hand at hunting with a handgun. I’ve never done it before but I’m not new to hunting. I have two blackhawks, one a 357 and one a 44mag. I’m planning on taking west Texas smaller whitetail and ranged to be 50-75yds max I figure (no idea if this is far or short distance). I’d like to scope the pistol but don’t currently own one. Would you run the 357, 44 mag, or buy a different pistol all together?
 

Ernie

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Mason,
I use a 357 Magnum with 158 XTP's, and it works great at those distances, and further.
Mine is a custom GP-100.
I use scopes on all of my hunting revolvers.
4x fixed or a variable will work
 

Buttermilk

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I’ve yet to take a deer with a revolver (I’ve rarely hunted with revolvers - in fact hardly at all as most of my hunting is with archery equipment and specialty pistols) but plan to use my S&W 629 Performance Center Stealth Hunter this year as a primary weapon. Hopefully I’ll take one this gun season.

I think either of your two revolvers is a good choice. Pick the one you shoot the best/most accurate.

As far as a scope, if you don’t shoot irons good, then scoping either one is easy enough. Weigand makes some nice scope bases that work with optics including reflex sights.
 

Mason Blackmon

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My 44 mag is 7.5” and I’ve hit a jack rabbit with irons at 70yds. That’s what got me thinking about deer hunting with it, the 357 is 6.5” barrel (also have the 9mm cylinder) and I just picked it up a few weeks ago, haven’t seen how accurate it is yet.
 

Ernie

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All 357 magnum







 

RT2506

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Either will get the job done under your stated yardage. Like has been said shoot what you shoot the best because it is all about bullet placement. If you can hit jack rabbits at 70 yards with your 44 mag then you are ready to rock and roll. Any of the modern self defense type HP bullets will work fine. Hornady XTP, Speer Gold Dot and they have changed the name to Deep Curl on the 158 gr .357 bullet but it is the old Gold Dot. The Hornady 180 gr XTP with a max charge of 13.5 grs H110 out of my 10" barrel Contender has worked fine on deer up to 100 yards which is as far as I have shot one with it. Even Keith style SWC lead bullets worked pretty good out of my 44 mags and you don't really need to run them at high velocity. 1100 to 1200 fps will penetrate a deer from any angle usually. Good luck and have fun.
 

del2les

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If you are a proficient handgun shot with irons, either of those will do, and a scope will only make it better. I have used open and scope sighted handguns since the 70's, and used open sights during many years of IHMSA matches and hunting. They work, but do require a little more practice.

I have used the 357 mag to take several head of game, and many of those were from an open sighted 8" Dan Wesson and 6 1/2" Ruger, but of course, the 44 mags work very well also. I've used 357 bullets from 140 hard cast SWC at 1,600fps in the 8" DW, 158 hard cast, 158 Sp/HP, 165 SP partition hand swaged, and 180's SP/HP and 180/200 hard cast for bear. In the Contenders, it is an entirely better range and choice of spire bullets.

The 44's can be loaded to take everything from rabbits to elk and at longer ranges.
 

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