Deer Hunting with a Handgun
I am considering deer hunting with a handgun next year. I live in Ohio, but have easy access to Kentucky and Indiana as well. Ohio's minimums are a 5" barrel shooting no less than a .357 caliber bullet from a straight shell casing. Kentucky allows any center fire handgun, but not ball or tracer ammo.
The only gun that I have that fits the Ohio code is a 1911. For Kentucky, I can use a .45, .40, .357, .38 or 9mm although I personally think the .38 & 9mm are a bit light. The .357 snubbie with 158 grain hunting loads is a handful to shoot, but then you should not have to shoot more than 1-2 rounds.
I am interested in opinions from guys and gals that harvest deer with handguns. Specifically, I am looking for what gun you use and why. Also, input on the various calibers for deer hunting would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your input.
ETA - Indiana allows handguns that have a barrel at least 4 inches and that fire a bullet of .243-inch diameter or larger. The handgun cartridge case, without the bullet, must be at least 1.16 inches long and cannot fire FMJ ammo.