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Old 11-30-2019, 04:39 AM
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Did you know that it is perfectly legal to go deer hunting with a 1911 .45 ACP? I brought mine along as a backup to my trusty Savage .308 rifle. My theory is that you just never know what you'll run into when hunting alone...

AS I WROTE ON FACEBOOK LAST NIGHT:
"Back home and unpacked. Man, I'm tired after hiking those steep trails in the National Forest! But it was awesome - especially seeing that massive buck that I want to go back after!
In the photo below, I had my two classic, legendary, military grade firearms with me:
(1) Savage .308 rifle with Bushnell 3-9x40 scope, sling, and a nylon stretchy cartridge holder, with four 165gr Ballistic Tip rounds.
And as a backup, just in case (better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!)
(2) Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 .45 ACP with a loaded magazine of Remington Golden Saber 230gr JHP.
I had my handgun holstered on my heavy duty belt, just in case I saw a black bear, a wild boar, Lord knows what - Zombie Apocalypse? - In the event I might need something for extreme close range.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED!"

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Old 11-30-2019, 02:51 PM
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Those two kinda remind me of a girl I used to know - nice pair...
I've brought my .41 mag into the stand a few times (along with my rifle) but never have gotten a chance to use it.
It's kind of on my bucket list to take a deer with a hand gun.
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Old 11-30-2019, 03:39 PM
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I like to pack a pistol myself when deer hunting. I've never had an issue with any of the predators while gutting and field dressing a buck but it's comforting to know I have the difference on my hip and not 5 feet away leaning against a tree, etc.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:47 AM
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I never hunt without a backup handgun. When bear and turkey hunting, I bring a .44 magnum revolver. For deer, I bring a .357 magnum revolver.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:26 AM
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The debate still rages on about 1911 type actions versus revolvers for backup guns for hunting.

I have a tendency to support the revolver side, because a 1911 type of action has the possible negative effect of going out of battery, if you press the muzzle against a bear's hide.
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:59 PM
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Besides the gun's action, I'm just not a big fan of the .45 ACP cartridge.

Despite the protestations of the tacticool crowd, I still believe that revolvers are more reliable.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:58 AM
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Not legal in PA, you can carry one bit you can't shoot deer or any big game with it.
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:01 AM
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I always have a backup handgun like .22 Hornet when i go deer hunting.
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Erno86 View Post
The debate still rages on about 1911 type actions versus revolvers for backup guns for hunting.

I have a tendency to support the revolver side, because a 1911 type of action has the possible negative effect of going out of battery, if you press the muzzle against a bear's hide.
Why would anyone with the brain the size of a carrot seed press the muzzle of a handgun against an animal before they shoot.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Why would anyone with the brain the size of a carrot seed press the muzzle of a handgun against an animal before they shoot.
Why?...

When a bear is upon you... giving you a nice bear hug.


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