Post by 12ptdroptine on Mar 17, 2016 15:52:27 GMT -5
I have the Ruger Super Redhawk in 9 1/2 inch. It has an Ultradot mounted on top of it. Nefertiti hunted deer with it. But I have killed a couple dozen hogs with it . One @ 2 1/2 feet....240lbs boar...true story...Moonshiner69 was there along with other friends....I shot him once....thought he was kicking in the weeds.....He was kicking all right. Kicking up dirt of of his heel's at full charge. I had just enough time to drop my gun with the red dot between his shoulders and break his spine. His tusks are about 4" didn't even have time to be scared. Won't do that stupid stunt again. Anyway...the Ultradot is about a $225 red dot with a lifetime warranty. One of the first red dot's on the scene. I got a couple of them......back to the handgun. Rutgers come with their own rings ....so mounting a scope is easy. I was never exposed to large bore handguns before this one. And I really like it. I have shot MANY hogs out of the window of a Surburban flying through the peanut and wheat fields of Texas.....just like being in an old stagecoach back in the Wild West....lol. Wouldn't give it a second thought about shooting a deer @50yds. Some say the gun is capable to do it at 100yds...but not me...yet anyway. I say go for it....and think hard about an Ultradot to hang on top of it Drop
I don't normally hunt with a hand gun but when I bought a new Kimber Eclipse 1911 45 acp I decided to carry it with me deer hunting.. A few does walked right under my tree so I popped one between the eyes.. Not quite as devastating as a 45 SPML head shot but it killed her dead right there...
Smiths are nice and accurate as well but they also double as a boat anchor by weight.
I have hunted extensively with a handgun and did for the better part of 10 years. Nearly all my guns have been single action customs or freedom arms but I do still have a nice .45 redhawk. Some simple words of wisdom would be to make sure you buy a caliber that starts in 4 or 5 if you are going to dedicate it to hunting. In a single action stay with the Bisley grip frame to help with recoil. Most double actions have good grip frames.
Ruger has a new 480 out on the super blackhawk frame with a Bisley grip frame. That would be a dandy if you reload and are into single actions. That's a pet caliber of mine and I spent a load of money converting one that you can now buy straight from ruger.
If you are into single actions at all the freedom arms will truly blow your mind.
I had a Ruger Bisley Blackhawk .45 Colt I built as a hunting handgun. With a good tune-up and a couple replacement parts they are a great hunting handgun when fed hard cast. I had a hard time wanting a hunting revolver other than a single action wheel gun. Part of it is where I'm from and part is practicality. The bigger guns with scopes weigh nearly what lighter rifles do and there aren't any real hunting self-loaders.
I had a S&w 29 with a 10 5/8" tube several years back, got tired of toting that beast around and sold it, now I have a Glock 20 with 6 5/8 Lonewolf barrel and slide with a Burris Fastfire III on top and a few other goodies inside. killed 1 doe a couple years ago with it and now it guards my safe..
Here in Delaware they have a week for Pistol Hunting. Can only use straight wall cases. I use an Encore in 445 super mag, it's a handful it's a 44 magnum on steroids. Haven't taken one with it yet but will try again this year.
I shot a couple with a Super Redhawk in 454Casull, 35rem in Contender, then truckloads with single shot Encores in high power rifle cartridges. Long list of cals from 243win, 257rob, 260rem, 7-08, 308, 30-06, and 454. Kept selling off when getting into sml too. All I have left is a 17.5" 260rem that is my sweetheart. Killed a few at 350yd with it, and it is lightening with the 129sst. Almost always drt. Got nicknamed "bad medicine" by the local deerherds. Lol.