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#6145039 - 01/20/16 12:36 PM Whitetail hunting with a handgun???
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 164
Has anyone tried hunting deer with a handgun? I have a Colt .45 "six shooter." I was thinking about "rattling-up" a buck next season and using this gun at close range on a buck. I believe I am using 220 grain bullets. How close should the deer be when I shoot? If I get a buck at 30 yards, I know I can hit him behind the front shoulder. Do you think that bullet will expand OK and provide a "quick kill?"

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#6145051 - 01/20/16 12:41 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Aggieman775 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 709
Loc: Pittsburg, TX
My grandpa has a 7mm-08 pistol that thing is a stud. He dropped a doe from 100 yards with it.
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#6145120 - 01/20/16 01:31 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
coachwhite34 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 281
I thought it was against the law to hunt deer with a pistol?

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#6145158 - 01/20/16 01:55 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: coachwhite34]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 2076
Loc: Mesopotamia
Originally Posted By: coachwhite34
I thought it was against the law to hunt deer with a pistol?



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#6145161 - 01/20/16 02:02 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
YanceyTX_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 10/22/14
Posts: 163
Loc: San Antonio
Isn't it as long as it's centerfire? I've always used a rifle so seriously asking...
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#6145171 - 01/20/16 02:09 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: YanceyTX_Hunter]
Aggieman775 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/15
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Originally Posted By: YanceyTX_Hunter
Isn't it as long as it's centerfire? I've always used a rifle so seriously asking...

I think it is aslong as centerfire. That one of my grandpas shoots the same shells as my dads rifle.
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#6145179 - 01/20/16 02:16 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Aggieman775]
coachwhite34 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 281
Originally Posted By: Aggieman775
Originally Posted By: YanceyTX_Hunter
Isn't it as long as it's centerfire? I've always used a rifle so seriously asking...

I think it is aslong as centerfire. That one of my grandpas shoots the same shells as my dads rifle.




Well, I called my college roommate who is a GW and he confirmed this as long as it is not a .22

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#6145237 - 01/20/16 02:48 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 164
I just want more "excitement" back in my hunting. I've killed many deer with rifle, compound bow and crossbow. Now I would like to take one with a pistol and a long bow. Maybe, one day, with a muzzleloader.

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#6145270 - 01/20/16 03:16 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Sneaky Offline
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Registered: 10/22/12
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Why would it not be legal? Do people even read the TPWD manuals they give away for free everywhere you buy a license?

That .45 will kill them farther than you'll be comfortable aiming with open sights, most likely. Its accuracy, combined with yours, will determine your max distance. I have no idea what bullet you're using, so I couldn't tell you anything about that.
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#6145273 - 01/20/16 03:17 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8127
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I think if you're using a good bullet with good velocity that 30 yards might work. The Hornady LEVERevolution 225gr. out of a 4.75" barrel is moving at 903 fps with 407 ft/lbs of energy at 50 yards. That's not outstanding but if you put it in the boiler room it should work, IMO.
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#6145274 - 01/20/16 03:18 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: coachwhite34]
Sneaky Offline
The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 17433
Loc: Winters
Originally Posted By: coachwhite34
Originally Posted By: Aggieman775
Originally Posted By: YanceyTX_Hunter
Isn't it as long as it's centerfire? I've always used a rifle so seriously asking...

I think it is aslong as centerfire. That one of my grandpas shoots the same shells as my dads rifle.




Well, I called my college roommate who is a GW and he confirmed this as long as it is not a .22


That is incorrect. Any rimfire would be illegal. A .22 centerfire is legal. A .17 HMR is not. Neither example fits your statement.
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#6145324 - 01/20/16 03:51 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
RafterH Offline
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 399
Loc: Wichita Falls
Have hunted and continue to hunt with a 45 Colt NM Blackhawk and 45 Colt Uberti. Spend a lot of time practicing and know YOUR practical range.

Have taken deer and coyotes so far. This is addicting. I use 250 gr Hard Cast at about 900 FPS in both and sometimes step them up to 1200 fps in the Ruger.

I will shoot about 500 rounds over the summer prior to deer season. I also practice a lot all year, but really get serious in the summer. My practical range with both is 50 yards. Have shot paper out to 100, but not ready to shoot game that far.

Have fun with it.

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#6145346 - 01/20/16 04:07 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
poisonivie Offline


Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7825
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
You don't need expansion in a 45. The hole is big enough. I shot a doe with a 45LC in a Uberti Cattleman. It completely gelled her insides. I really wanted to see the boolit but IDK where it went after it passed the off shoulder. BTW, for you internet game wardens, it didn't cross my fence line.
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#6145386 - 01/20/16 04:26 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
oldoak2000 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2382
Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: Hunter Daddy
I just want more "excitement" back in my hunting. I've killed many deer with rifle, compound bow and crossbow. Now I would like to take one with a pistol and a long bow. Maybe, one day, with a muzzleloader.


Make you a 'whitetail doe' suit to wear out in field (packing your pistol). Sprinkle on a little 'doe estrus' perfume. . . roflmao

should generate some 'excitement' for ya roflmao

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#6145463 - 01/20/16 05:03 PM Re: Whitetail hunting with a handgun??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
MClark Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 250
Loc: Arizona
The land owner where I hunt uses a 40 S&W on whitetail if the do not get out of the way of the tractor.
Shoot and Scoop.

Mark

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