Pistol for whitetail deer

Pistol for whitetail deer

This is a discussion on Pistol for whitetail deer within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I've decided I want a pistol for deer hunting. I'm thinking probably .357 mag. Suggestions? The idea is a gun to replace a shotgun. I ...

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    Pistol for whitetail deer

    I've decided I want a pistol for deer hunting. I'm thinking probably .357 mag. Suggestions? The idea is a gun to replace a shotgun. I dont shoot deer at very large range, usually 75 yard max..


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    .357 is a bit light IMHO.

    I'd go with the .44 mag.

    Yeah, the .357 will kill a deer with a well placed shot. The problem with Whitetail is that they dont always stand around for a well placed shot. A shoulder shot may or may not do it.

    With the .44 you have more of a margin of "error"and a heavier round that penetrates . Better safe than sorry. Nothing like losing a deer.
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    Kudos to Hotguns, the 44 mag will do the trick!
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    I agree with Hot guns a 357 will do it but a 41 mag or 44 is a lot better choice i would go for something scoped to ...


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    I taken many deer with my GP-100 .357.
    But these are small FL deer.

    In your neck of the woods .41 or .44 mag. would be my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron8903 View Post
    I taken many deer with my GP-100 .357.
    But these are small FL deer.

    In your neck of the woods .41 or .44 mag. would be my choice.
    They're called 'minature' deer...they look like deer, but the rack fits in your pocket...

    In answer to your question, I would still use a rifle, i.e., .30-.30, more accurate and less likely to have wounded deer trying to negotiate the woods...OMO
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    Yeah....I'm thinkin' with the cover and thickness of woods, etc. that you guys have plus the deer being so hardy, Your best bet would be a .44 magnum.
    5 inch plus barrel.
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    Another vote for .44 mag as a minimum. .357 can indeed ''do it'' but ....... IMO not as reliably. If range stretches out a bit then it just may not manage well enough.

    Bud mentions scope - I agree up to a point except EER scopes make for (IMO) hard target aquisition and so I prefer some form of red dot - Holosight preferably. But of course - batteries - which can fail, so not as reliable.

    A strong load in .44 mag with a 300 grain XTP will be effective but I'd limit this to about 50 yards ideally. For longer shots the .454 is pretty effective, as is 45-70 in a BFR.
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    Good point chris when i say scoped i mean anything that aids should have been more clear

    A red dot is great except in low light ... Holosite is better scoped is great but any magnification make mucho wobble unless you have a solid rest

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    Here in Eastern Oklahoma our deer are on the smallish side and a .357 mag with a 6" barrel would be a minimun choice for perfect conditions. Where I hunt in Cherokee County 50 yards is a long shot, several years ago I shot a doe in opening morning at 14 feet with good results. Used a .45LC Ruger Blackhawk 7.5 inch with HOT 250gr loads.

    From the picturres I have seen of Michigan deer they are much larger bodied and I am sure they take a little more kill'n. I would think from my limmited use of revolvers for deer hunting that you should consider somthing in the .44 mag class as a minimum, with good bullets and lots of practice and a good rest

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    +1 357 a little light. Will likely work but better safe than sorry.

    Don't worry about the .44 Magnum - they aren't that bad. A .45 LC in a Ruger can be loaded up to .44 Magnum levels FWIW. I'm confident with my scoped .44 Magnum out to 100 yards in good conditions with a rest. It has enough power to drop anything out to 200, the trajectory and the shooter are what limit it.

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    Here in Oregon, I would not hesitate using a .357 on black tail. But, your whitetail and our mule dears are much hardier, and I would think a .44 or .45 would be a much better choice. Also, by going larger you have a better round in case it needs to be used against bear or "two legged" predators.

    I am assuming that you are restricted from higher powered rifles in the area you hunt because you normally use a shotgun. If that is the case, the .44 and .45 won't have any more significant travel issues then your .357.
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    I agree with everyone else that the 357 might be a little light for deer. 44mag gives you a lot more options in loads, and its a very accurate caliber. You can shoot very light loads, or full power knock your socks off loads.
    Another option is the 454, and shoot the 45LC.
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