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Old 08-27-2003, 10:00 PM
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What pistol should I get for deer?

What barrel length?

What is the range on deer under 200 lbs. with a scope?

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Old 08-28-2003, 05:16 AM
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ths78,
I' d recommend the Ruger Super Redhawk, if you are looking for a great .44 revolver. Either the 7 1/2 or 9 1/2 inch barrel, with a good scope and plenty of practice, will be good to 75 to 100 yards. Right now I limit myself to 75 yards.
If you were to go with one of the good singleshot guns like the Contender you could get more distance. Especially if you go with one of the flatter shooting calibers, such as the 7MM-08. You could get a gun well capable of 200 yard shots!
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Old 08-28-2003, 05:47 AM
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Which pistol is pretty much a personal decision. For a hunting 44 mag., I' m a big fan of the Ruger Super Balckhawk, but any brand or model would work.

If your barrel length is super short, you end up with excessive flash and more recoil. A barrel too long just ads weight and makes the pistol less " handy" . I like a barrel in the 6" to 7 1/2" range in a hunting revolver.

Range? That can be a big source of dissagreement. A lot depends upon your individual skills, the accuracy of your handgun, and what kind of rest (if any) is available. With my unscoped 44 mag and 45 colts I feel pretty comfortable out to 100 yards with an improvised rest against a tree. A scoped handgun maybe a little more.
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Old 08-28-2003, 01:03 PM
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I personally recommend any cartridge .41 Magnum and bigger in muzzle energy.

Smith and Wesson, Taurus, and Ruger all make peretty good guns. Take your pick.
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Old 08-28-2003, 03:24 PM
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i love my smith&wesson 629 classic. it has a 6 1/2" barrel and i had it magna ported. shoots very smooth. i had a red dot on it but to me was no where near as accurate as a 2 or 4 power fixed pistol scope. didnt like scopes with 20mm objectives ( too small) the 28 and 33 lens objective by 2 or 4 power are easier to get the target on site without too much shadow interfering. my brother has the 8 inch barrel 629 and it feels very well balanced and should be a great hunting gun. love the ruger stuff especially the price but i was told that if your only gonna own one 44 mag revolver to get a 629. i reload for it also using hornady 300 gr. xtp bullets and i have a ruger model 96/44 mag. lever action rifle that shoots the same ammo as well. great on deer and bear under 100 yards. they complement each other in that way. good luck in your decision there are quite a few to choose from!
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Old 08-28-2003, 10:01 PM
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Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Rem. Mag.

7.5" Barrel

100 ydrs.

Good luck.
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Old 08-29-2003, 10:47 PM
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The Ruger Redhawk, SRH or Super Blackhawk are all good choices. Go with the SRH in 454 Casull and you can shoot 45 Colt in it. Like having two guns in one.Or you can shoot the 44 Special in the 44 mag.All are excellent cartridges capable taking whitetails well.

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Old 09-01-2003, 07:29 AM
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A .44 Mag. is fine, as is a heavy-loaded .45 Colt or a .454 Casull. The range depends on how far you can consistently hit the vital area of the game you are seeking. I used to limit myself to around 75 yards or less, but now my limit is 50 yards, regardless of type of sights!
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:15 PM
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I OWN AND HAVE KILLED QUIT A FEW DEER THE 629 CLASSIC HUNTER. I LOVE THE GUN. AS FAR AS RANGE IT DEPENDS ON YOU AND WHAT TYPE OF SIGTHS. I SHOOT IRON SIGTHS AND HAVE NO PROBLEM AT OVER 50 YDS. I HAD A RUGER BLACK HAWK AND COULDNT HIT ANYTHING WITH IT. IF YOU RELOAD I WOULD THINK ABOUT THE 41 MAG, YOU COULD LOAD THAT UP PRETTY GOOD AND HAVE A LITTLE LESS RECOIL. GOOD LUCK ITS YOUR CHOICE.
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Old 09-22-2003, 08:56 PM
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Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Rem. Mag.

7.5" Barrel

100 ydrs.

Good luck
Handloader 1....you certainly are a man of few words!!
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