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Posted: 01 January 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am planning on purchasing my first handgun.  I want it for home protection and to meet the requirements for hunting deer in IL.  Any suggestions?

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Posted: 01 January 2012 01:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Dad has a 44 Taurus thats magna-ported with a 4PowerLeapold…..Awesome handgun..

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Posted: 01 January 2012 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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What is the price on a gun like that freak?

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Posted: 01 January 2012 03:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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With scope and gun,,Im thinkin around 600-700….Only downfall on this gun is that its freakin SUPER loud with it being ported….Dad was considering selling too get a xbow:(

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Posted: 01 January 2012 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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There are many suggestions.  Anything from a .357 up to a .500.  If you are wanting something to keep under your pillow at nights then a .357 or a .44 would be best and easiest to find ammo.  A .357 will easily take a deer down just make sure you know where your shooting.  A .44 will have obviously more of an impact in the hunting.  You can always go up to the big guns like a .460 or .500 but ammo is more expensive and the guns are very big and heavy.  But you only need a 4” barrel for deer hunting so you can keep that in mind also. 

Will this pistol be your primary deer gun or a backup?  Will you be adding a scope and looking for long range possibilities?

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Posted: 02 January 2012 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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This will be an unscoped gun.  Unlikely to hunt with it, but want it to make the requirements for deer.  Any thoughts on a .40 cal.

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Posted: 02 January 2012 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Semi Auto pistols are not allowed for deer hunting.  Only revolvers and single shots.

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Posted: 02 January 2012 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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S&W 44 mag 629 Classic with a 6-1/2” barrel.  Kills everything dead.

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Posted: 02 January 2012 04:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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6inch or longer barrel makes for a very accurate handgun for deer;)

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Posted: 02 January 2012 05:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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You can also get the 629 with a 8-3/4” barrel for even more accuracy.  I got the 6-1/2” cuz it’s easier to carry.  I also have a Red Dot on top of mine.

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Posted: 02 January 2012 07:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Hugger, How ya like the red-dot?

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Posted: 03 January 2012 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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It’s just 1x glass with no magnification.  I wish it would be at least 2x for longer shots, but other than that I like it a lot.  It has like 9 brightness settings for the dot which really helps a lot in low light.  With a good rest, you can pop a deer from a good distance. Oh, and the battery life is excellent.  I put that scope on my 44 about 7 years ago and haven’t changed the battery yet.  I did shoot a friend’s 357 with a red dot years ago and found that I’m considerably more accurate with with a 357 as opposed to the 44.  I’m sure recoil has something to do with that.  If I could do it all over, I’d probably get the 357.  That 44 is a freakin’ hand-cannon though.

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Posted: 03 January 2012 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I had a red dot on my 357 and had no problem shooting 100 yards.  It is a Taurus 66 with a 5 1/2” barrel.  I took the scope off it so I could easily carry it as a back up side arm to my single shot 45-70 I use for deer now.  The deer in my profile pic was 250 pounds and I took him with the 357 pictured with it.  He ran about 50 yards.

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Posted: 03 January 2012 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I have a stainless S&W 629 with an 8 3/8 inch barrel.  I have a burris fixed power scope on top.  IMO, nothing can beat a Smith when it comes to wheel guns.  The gun is heavy but you will appreciate the weight when you shoot. This gun is loud as all get out.  When I take this gun hunting, it is the only time I carry ear protection with me.

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Posted: 03 January 2012 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Dad first got his 44, I shot it 6 times without hearing protection, My ears didnt stop ringing for 3hrs…..No wonder im half deaf…...

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Posted: 03 January 2012 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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my 357 is the same way.  I shot it once inside a wood/metal box blind and it took me to the ground.  I thought I did some real damage that day.

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