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#5472280 - 12/11/14 09:18 PM Thinking about a new side-arm
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.....for woods carry I use my Springfield 9mm; its the largest handgun that I own. Some of the places that I hunt in East Texas are far away from any roads or homes and there are lots of hogs, so I've been thinking that a larger caliber pistol would be a better choice. I'm thinking about getting a Ruger Blackhawk revolver in 45 Colt. Even though it only holds six rounds (my springfield holds 16) it would pack a lot more punch...especially with some 325 grain Buffalo Bore ammo. The 9mm rounds are kinda puny next to the 45LC. As an added bonus the revolver could also shoot shot shells for snakes. I guess my question is if the 9mm is adequate as a deep-woods defensive side arm.

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#5472289 - 12/11/14 09:25 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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I would be more worried about 2 legged vermin than hogs, so I would much rather have 16 rnds of 9mm than 6 rnds of 45 colt, but if you are wanting snake shot then the 45 colt would be better.
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#5472311 - 12/11/14 09:38 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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When I'm out and about on the lease I carry a colt delta elite. It's 10mm. Plenty of punch and more than enough shots with 2 mags. I also carry a glock 23. It's 40 cal and I have 13 rounds. Problem I see with the blackhawk u mentioned is that it's single action
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#5472318 - 12/11/14 09:41 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: mightyp]
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Originally Posted By: mightyp
I would be more worried about 2 legged vermin than hogs, so I would much rather have 16 rnds of 9mm than 6 rnds of 45 colt, but if you are wanting snake shot then the 45 colt would be better.


I do worry about coming across some crazed meth heads.

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#5472409 - 12/11/14 10:34 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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FNX-45. 15+1 of 45ACP is really hard to beat. Plus, you can carry cocked and locked. The grip isn't too big and the weight isn't bad.

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#5472437 - 12/11/14 11:06 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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Keep the 9. More is better

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#5472481 - 12/11/14 11:47 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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How about a full size Glock 10mm?

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#5472484 - 12/11/14 11:54 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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If you want a lot of rounds with plenty of knock-down, I'd say go with a 357 Sig or a 10mm.
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#5472526 - 12/12/14 05:54 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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I'm rolling with a Glock 20 10mm. Only reason I got it was for what you describe. I have 15 rounds of 10mm which is great for getting after some piggies.
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#5472534 - 12/12/14 06:04 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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Spray and pray is much more effective with more rounds

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#5472590 - 12/12/14 07:15 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Varget 7-08]
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Originally Posted By: Varget 7-08
FNX-45. 15+1 of 45ACP is really hard to beat. Plus, you can carry cocked and locked. The grip isn't too big and the weight isn't bad.


I totally second that notion. It's surprisingly easy to handle for a handgun that holds so many 45's. I can shot a glock 21 fairly well, but it's a bit large and takes effort to handle and it only has 13+1. Same sort of goes for the USP. To me the FN was much more comfortable.
And i always feels obligated to mention ammo cost. I don't think I'd start going the 45LC route without some heavy consideration as to how much i want to spend on ammo, which really for me means that I would shoot it much less often. What can I say? I'm sort of stingy about somethings.


Edited by Korean Redneck (12/12/14 07:16 AM)

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#5472737 - 12/12/14 08:52 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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It's a simple answer- 10mm!!! I've shot crap with 40's and 45's, and it has no comparison to the 10mm. A 200 grain XTP in a G20 will flat out hammer stuff. I shot a pig in a trap right in the head with a 45 from about 7 feet, and the bullet zipped a 6" cut on his forehead, and never penetrated his skull. I've done the exact same shot with a 200 XTP, and DRT on the spot. For field use, it's hard to beat a 10mm. I have 1- G20 and 2- G29's. I carry a G29 daily with 180 XTP or 175 Win Silver Tips.
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#5472811 - 12/12/14 09:19 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
It's a simple answer- 10mm!!! I've shot crap with 40's and 45's, and it has no comparison to the 10mm. A 200 grain XTP in a G20 will flat out hammer stuff. I shot a pig in a trap right in the head with a 45 from about 7 feet, and the bullet zipped a 6" cut on his forehead, and never penetrated his skull. I've done the exact same shot with a 200 XTP, and DRT on the spot. For field use, it's hard to beat a 10mm. I have 1- G20 and 2- G29's. I carry a G29 daily with 180 XTP or 175 Win Silver Tips.



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This!!!
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#5472959 - 12/12/14 10:24 AM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: Nivlac]
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See there! Chad has spoken!

This one is just plain sexy if you ask me!
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#5473255 - 12/12/14 01:11 PM Re: Thinking about a new side-arm [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
It's a simple answer- 10mm!!! I've shot crap with 40's and 45's, and it has no comparison to the 10mm. A 200 grain XTP in a G20 will flat out hammer stuff. I shot a pig in a trap right in the head with a 45 from about 7 feet, and the bullet zipped a 6" cut on his forehead, and never penetrated his skull. I've done the exact same shot with a 200 XTP, and DRT on the spot. For field use, it's hard to beat a 10mm. I have 1- G20 and 2- G29's. I carry a G29 daily with 180 XTP or 175 Win Silver Tips.


Interesting, which bullet did you use in the 45? I shot a pig from 3 feet away with a 9mm and it ricocheted off of his head. Followed up with a 45 200 grain XTP which blew a heck of a large hole in his head.

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