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Nomercy448
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I started hunting with a revolver when I was 7, a borrowed 357mag S&W 27. Never developed a taste for the .357mag for hunting, and upgraded to a 44mag when I turned 12. Spent the last ~25yrs seeking out the ideal deer hunting revolver, tried out tens of thousands of dollars in different handguns in that pursuit, shot a lot of handgun sports, developed an obsession with large frame Ruger Vaqueros in 44mag (over 70 of them in the safe today), and found a passion in specialty pistol shooting.

I fall back to a rifle as a crutch, and I do enjoy rifle hunting, but have done most of my big game hunting with handguns. My go-to revolver is a 44mag Super Blackhawk I picked up in 1998, loaded with Hornady 300grn XTP’s, loaded to cylinder length and stoked over H110, beyond book values (but lower pressure, due to longer seating depth), trucking about 1350fps. I also put together a Ruger Redhawk, originally in 357mag, but reamed out to 357/44 Bain & Davis mag, which will push a drawn 180grn Speer Hotcor at 1800fps without flattening primers, with the intention of balancing deer killing performance and range capability with recoil and frame size. I keep a 6” Taurus Tracker in 17HMR for my primary small game handgun. A Bowen conversion Redhawk in 475Linebaugh is my “really gotta want it dead” revolver.

I also keep a collection of specialty pistols, Rem XP100’s, Savage Strikers, Contenders, and Encores. I have a CZ action on the shelf with a Rigby boltface which I intend to build in .416Rigby at 14” with the brake, just to say I did. In the handgun safes, there’s no shortage of huntable revolvers, pistols, and specialty pistols.

My next endeavors into hunting handguns:

1) I bought an STI 2011 frame last year, no idea what to build on it, so I’m building a 460 Rowland hunting pistol.

2) I have a spare 7.5” 357mag Redhawk which I’m planning to tear apart - I have a take-off 45colt Redhawk barrel, so I’ll transplant that barrel and a 454casull cylinder from a Super Redhawk into this Redhawk, giving me a 7.5” 454casull Redhawk. The Super Redhawk frame will then take the 357mag cylinder, after it gets sent to California to be reamed to 357/44 Bain & Davis, then get sent to Bowen for a GP44 nosejob, then to bayside custom gunworks for a 12” barrel and his proprietary free float barrel shroud - leaving me with a 12” Super Redhawk FrankenRuger in 357/44 B&D.

3) I have another 7.5” Super Redhawk which will get sent to Bowen as well for the GP44 nosejob, but replacing the barrel with an SP101 style 6” barrel, and chambered in 475Linebaugh.

4) Probably going to have to pick up another Single 7 in 327FM this season. I sold mine last year, and instantly regretted it.
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