handgun hunting

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by lop, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Hi Guys,
    As some of you know, i'm pretty new to guns and hunting. I've decided to leave my long guns home this year and just hunt with my handguns. I figure my .44m is good for 100 yards, and my TC .270 is good out to 200 yards. I realize I'm not the best shot, not anywhere near it, but I'm ok. My question is how to become a better shot? Do I just send more lead down range? Find a guru that is closer than Mandison Wiss? I had picked up a single stalk shooting stick the other day. I went down to my range and, with the .44 shot like poo. I was having problems hittng the paper at 25 yards. Sober. I was going to throw my self a hissy fit, but I was afraid I'd miss. I was sitting at a table with the gun on a rest. go figure. Yesterday I went down and, starting at 15 yards, just stooting out of hand, and backing up to 30 yards, I put 4 of 6 in a 1.5" group, and all 6 of 6 in a 2.5" group. Good shooting for me. I then moved out to 50 and 75 yards and was hitting 10"steet plates.
    Why the inconsistancy? Is there a trick to shooting with a stick? I used Bert's 3stick at KC and that seemed to work fine. I was shooting a 6" s/w 26 with iron sites. The barrel was resting with 2 inches beyond the stick. Should I have that prop right up against the frame? Just spend more time with it? Only look for deer under 10 yards away? ::)
    It's the great outdoors, lets go a hunting!
  2. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    I finally took my first deer with a handgun last year so I'm no expert by any means. I use a Ruger SRH .44mag with a 9.5" barrel and open sights. Somewhere in my closet is a nice scope for it that never gets used because it just doesn't work with any of my holsters. Anyway, about that stick thing, I don't know how that would affect your shot groups by changing the barrel harmonics or not. Most things that come into contact with a rifle barrel will change the POI but that may or may not do the same to pistols.

    My rule of thumb is not to shoot a deer at any distance that I can't consistantly put six shots in a paper plate at. For me that's just at the 100yd mark on most days. If I'm feeling shaky I don't take the shot. The best advice I can give you is to keep practicing with the same ammo and keep moving the target back a little farther as you get better. Handgun hunting is as challenging as bowhunting and very rewarding. It's all about shot placement and stealth. Keep posting about how your shot groups are getting as it could be that you were just having an off day or something.

  3. Toney_D

    Toney_D Active Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    I like keeping my shots at bow range, My longest shot has been around 80yds with a 4" smith m29
  4. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    You know, now that you mention it, keeping your shots within bow range is a great idea and provides a great challenge. Being that close to a deer and knowing all that can wrong if you make one little mistake makes a person a much better hunter.
  5. Grizzly

    Grizzly New Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Keeping shots at a range that you know you can hit also makes a person a better sportsman . I never take a shot unless I feel 95% sure that it should be a kill shot. I hate tracking wounded game and would never leave one in the field without making a very decent effort to collect it (it is also required by most states game laws). Believe me tracking a wounded animal all night is not a fun thing to have to do. I use a Ruger New model .44 mag Super black with a 7" barrel for most of my handgun hunting the other is a Dan Wesson .357 mag with a 6 " barrel.

  6. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Hey Grizzly, what part of GA are you in? I'm just north of Atlanta, up 400. I agree, I pass on lots of shots that are not sure things, even with squirrl. After I shoot sompfin, I pet it and thank it for feeding me or my dogs. You won't find me taking "Texas Brain Shots" or the like. I've a "son in law" who poaches, he will take any shot, any time of the year. Not my idea of hunting. PM me if you want to get together and do some hunting this year.
  7. v8psp

    v8psp New Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    I would love to be able to shoot a pistol 50 yards at a deer much less 100 that is a good shot
  8. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Aw heck, anyone can shoot AT a deer, it is the shooting the deer that is the tricky part. ;)
  9. I am constantly on the hunt for decent affordable handguns! :D
  10. Danman28

    Danman28 New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    I have never tried this before. Its harder down here in TX trying to do this cause of the area. Most people think TX is all country, but they are gravely mistaken! And when you are in the woods its very cluttered and brushy.
  11. rtg

    rtg New Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I had a barrel made for my contender by Mike Belm in the 308 Belm cartrage. It was a 444 marlin case necked down to a 30 cal. this was done by running the marlin case in a 308 winchedster die. It was a good thumper that shot 165 grain bullets. I shot a couple of deer with it and took it on a elk hunt but did not see anything within range to shoot. I am glad I took it on the hunts that i did and think you will enjoy it as well. Good Luck!
  12. scamp_daddy

    scamp_daddy New Member

    Jan 6, 2007


     G22 .40cal


     Sub inch Subby. .40cal ;)


     S&W .44mag 8 3/4in.
  13. shinsei

    shinsei New Member

    Dec 7, 2010
    Corpus Christi, TX
    That's awesome! Good job!
  14. mike_kitterman

    mike_kitterman Active Member

    May 7, 2010
    Here in Okla I have taken deer at 150 yds with my Ruger 44 Mag. But I also used to shoot the same gun in metalic shillouette and had the best load for it and also had the sight settings for targets out to 200 meters which is 220 yds.
  15. scamp_daddy

    scamp_daddy New Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Update to my handgun harvest.

  16. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007

    150 yards! Nice!

    I just got that gun for Christmas!

    What load are you using ?

  17. 357magnus

    357magnus New Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    I hunt with a Ruger SBH 44 and with iron sights. I also believe in keeping all my shots close at 50 yds or under. Too short for some, but works for me.
  18. ModelMaker

    ModelMaker Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    A little overambitious arn't we?
    My idea of handgun hunting is walking through the woods with a 22cal. and shooting at a squirel or bunny. A perfect way to blow a couple hours and maybe a critter or supper.
  19. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008

    Try it, you'll like it. ;D
  20. Dfib

    Dfib New Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    It certainly increases the challenge if you approach it like bow hunting and limit your shots to 50 yards or so.
    I've managed 4 so far with a handgun, and they have made for challenging and memorable hunts. I've used 10mm, .308win, and 357 mag and had success with all of them. .308 was a bit more than truly needed in a hand cannon... :eek:
    There is a lot of standing corn where I hunt and a handgun is perfect to stalking deer in the corn!