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Pistol Caliber for Deer

Old 05-03-2008, 01:16 PM
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I am looking to buy a TC Encore pistol to hunt deer with. I am thinking the .308 would be about right, as far a round that could kill a deer at 200 yards but also have manageable recoil for a pistol.Does anybody have any thoughts on a different caliber?

Or should I look into buying a 11-87 slug gun?
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Old 05-03-2008, 02:22 PM
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It would probably be just a personal preference. I had rather have a rifle shooting rifle cartridges or a shotgun over a pistol, and especially a rifle for the 200 yard shots. I've shot a friends .270 pistol some and really wouldn't care to deer hunt with it over a rifle/shotgun.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:41 PM
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7mm tcu or maybe the new 30 cal tc cartridge. 200 yards is a long poke though. you better have a steady rest, like a bipod, and practice like crazy. I would stick with a 44 mag and keep shots uner 75 yards.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:16 PM
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Savage used to make a bolt-action pistol (Striker)in a variety of calibers. They only dropped it last year or the one before, so there's plenty out there.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:59 PM
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Look at your hunting regs first. Some states regulate handguns based on caliber, some regulate based on muzzle velocityetc.

If I were you and you really want to pistol hunt go with the 44 mag as stated earlier and shoot close 75 yds or less. I am only comfortable with my 44 out to about 30-40 yds but thats me.
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Old 05-04-2008, 04:29 AM
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with open sights I agree, but with a scope, i would trust my self anyway to go 75.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:39 PM
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With a good rest, you should stay around 100 yds. If you are a real steady, good shot, might be 125 with a scoped 44. mag. The 45 long colt is good from 50 to 75 yards for me. The 22 mag, in the head for hogs.

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Old 05-04-2008, 03:32 PM
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.44 mag is plenty, dropped him in his tracks.
I would be comfortable to 75-100 yards with steady rest and 50-60 free hand.
Keep the rifle for your 200 yard attempts...

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Old 05-05-2008, 09:05 AM
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That it fits a given pistol doesn't make it a "pistol caliber", try hunting deer with a .308 in any gun here, you'll find yourself staring through bars. Rifles are for 200 yard shots anyway, not pistols.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:59 AM
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I have the contender with a 223 and 44 mag 14" barrell scoped that I hope to try out this year..
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