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#6044494 - 11/22/15 11:48 PM Revolver or Rifle?
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Ive deer hunted all my life. Bow hunted, rifle hunted etc.. Im debating getting a new toy. Wanting either a new rifle for deer or possibly a revolver. I know there are revolver calibers out there that will easily do what rifles will. Im thinking I stay with 44 mag though. Is it a bad idea to try this?Or should I just get another rifle?

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#6044515 - 11/23/15 12:59 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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I enjoy hunting with my TC Contenders, S&W 629 and Ruger Super Blackhawk, go for the revolver if you want. 44Mag is plenty for any deer
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#6044551 - 11/23/15 05:55 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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There is no revolver out there that will easily do what rifles will.

At close enough ranges however, there are a number of revolvers that are great for deer hunting. Autos too, if chambered for 10mm.

A classic deer-hunting revolver would be the Ruger Redhawk, or a S&W model 29.

.44 magnum, of course.


Edited by charlesb (11/23/15 05:56 AM)
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#6044581 - 11/23/15 06:33 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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Never owned one but will second on the TC.
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#6044606 - 11/23/15 07:00 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
therock Offline
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44 mag open sights for very close range and put a good scope on it, good for inside a 100 yards with LOTS OF PRACTICE!!

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#6044621 - 11/23/15 07:14 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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S&W 460XVR will easily do what a rifle will at 100 yards. That's what I've used, although never killed a deer with it, but many pigs have died from its lead poisoning. Federal 275gr moving around 2100fps pits a whooping on hogs. It will take some practice shooting to 100 yards, but it's doable. You can also shoot 454 and 45LC out of it without changing anything.
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#6044627 - 11/23/15 07:18 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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I did this one time and bought a fancy encore set up. It sure looked nice. I quickly got rid of it because it was hard to shoot.

I would get some other rifle. If I got a hunting hand gun it wouldn't be a revolver. I would look into that new 10mm glock or a 1911 10mm

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#6044665 - 11/23/15 07:38 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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For deer, Ruger, .45 or.44 mag. Pic of my .44 I use a shoulder rig for both.

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#6044669 - 11/23/15 07:40 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
Elpatoloco Offline
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There are Many revolvers that will easily do what a rifle can. It's the Nut behind the trigger that's the problem.

I have shot deer/hogs with nothing but handloaded 44 mags, with home casted bullets for the last 10 years. I am good to 125 yards with the scoped SBH hunter. There are many fellas that shoot a heck of a lot better than me.

The 44 will generate more power than the .500 Smith when properly loaded in a hangun built for the pressures.

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#6044674 - 11/23/15 07:42 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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Even with a pistol, you don't have to have magnum calibers. Good old 45 LC or ACP will blow through both shoulders of a deer. 44 Special will work. I wouldn't pick a 9mm or 38 sp for the job but if its all I had, I'd gitterdun.
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#6044678 - 11/23/15 07:45 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
Elpatoloco Offline
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Nice SBH in pic above.

Here are my deer guns.



You gotta invest a little more time in the handguns to leqrn to shoot them well.

10mm wont even come close to the enery of a big revolver cartridge

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#6045021 - 11/23/15 10:17 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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Had a scoped Encore 7-08 that would hold 3/4" at 100 yards.
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#6045066 - 11/23/15 10:35 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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The question is "Revolver or Rifle", and the Encore is neither of those.

I agree with those who recommend the .44 magnum. It is powerful enough without being so bad about recoil that you have to haul around a four pound revolver to use it.

Nice SA guns pictured above!


Edited by charlesb (11/23/15 10:38 AM)
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#6045246 - 11/23/15 11:47 AM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
Arrowslinger82 Offline
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Im still torn, thinking I want to just go rifle... But honestly I don't know. I have large calibers for big game, and a smaller 243 that I use here and there. Nothing in between... Don't even know what caliber I would go with.

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#6045285 - 11/23/15 12:02 PM Re: Revolver or Rifle? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
7x57 Offline
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Could get a lever action in .44 magnum!

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