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Muleys 24/7
04-26-2012, 10:21 PM
A couple years back I bought a desert egale chambered in .44 to take a bear with, but havn't had the opportunity to get one yet.

I was wondering if anyone hunts, or has hunted big game with a handgun? If so what's your choice handgun?

Kevin Root
04-26-2012, 10:38 PM
I have a Smith and Wesson 44 magnum revolver with a Leopold scope. I don't hunt with it much though. I can shoot better with my rifle so I tend to use that more often than the handgun option.

bigshot
04-26-2012, 11:01 PM
I love hunting with handguns when I follow hounds. For bear my favorites were a Ruger Super RedHawk in 44 Mag and a Ruger BlackHawk in 45 Long Colt with open sights. For Lions I use a Ruger single six in 22 mag, and for coons and bobcats I use a Ruger Target II, semi auto, with a bull barrel in .22 long rifle. I also have a Ruger Super BlackHawk in 44 Mag with a 2x Leupold scope that shoots 1.5 inch three shot groups at 100 yards. I plan to use it on an Arizona Javelina HAM Hunt (Handgun, Archery, Muzzleloader).

Old Hunter
04-27-2012, 08:57 AM
It's legal to use a .22 for big game in Calif?

Muleys 24/7
04-27-2012, 09:32 AM
It's legal to use a .22 for big game in Calif?No not big game

Kevin Root
04-27-2012, 09:44 AM
It's legal to use a .22 for big game in Calif?

Not in rimfire rounds for big game to my understanding in CA from my reading of the regs. They define big game as below form what I read.

"Big game" means the following: deer (genus Odocoileus), elk (genus Cervus), pronghorn antelope (genus Antilocarpa), wild pig (feral pigs, European wild pigs and their hybrids (genus Sus), black bear (genus Ursus) and Nelson bighorn sheep (subspecies Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in the areas described in subsection 4902(b) of the Fish and Game

Pistols and revolvers using centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles may be used to take deer, bear, and wild pigs.
(d) Pistols and revolvers with minimum barrel lengths of 4 inches, using centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles may be used to take elk and bighorn sheep.

There is no maximum rifle caliber specified in Fish and Game regulations for taking coyotes and skunks (nongame mammals). Fish and Game regulations authorize nongame mammals to be taken in any manner (see section 475 in the Mammal Hunting Regulation booklet). This authorization includes firearms with no further description or restriction, except when hunting within the California condor range where lead ammunition is prohibited (California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 475(f)).

buckbull
04-27-2012, 10:12 AM
I have a S&W 629 .44 magnum with an 8 3/8 inch barrel. I have a burris scope on top. I have taken several whitetails with it, the longest shot being about 90 yards. It certainly adds a challenge to a hunt.

Old Hunter
04-27-2012, 10:15 AM
I was referring to the mountain lion with a .22 mag that Bigshot posted?

xtreme
04-27-2012, 10:24 AM
I have a Ruger .30 carbine New Model Blackhawk and a Ruger 44 cal. The .30 is very interesting with a lot more range than the 44mag. I have hunted with the 44 mag with open sights. Maybe I will put a scope on the .30 carbine and use it for whitetail hunting from stands.

Kevin Root
04-27-2012, 10:55 AM
I was referring to the mountain lion with a .22 mag that Bigshot posted?

I wish they would open up Mountain Lion here. The only way to get them is by getting a depredation permit. Those that prey on pets or livestock can be killed by a property owner after the required depredation permit is secured. There are some big lions here in CA. It would be awesome if they would open up the hunting season on them to the recreational hunter.

Old Hunter
04-27-2012, 11:03 AM
I lived and hunting in Calif for 35 years. Never messed with lions. Mostly deer, and came to Colorado for elk during those years.

Much easier now. I'm just 20minutes from my elk hunting areas.

Kevin Root
04-27-2012, 11:13 AM
I lived and hunting in Calif for 35 years. Never messed with lions. Mostly deer, and came to Colorado for elk during those years.

Much easier now. I'm just 20minutes from my elk hunting areas.

You are in the Elk state capitol now Old Hunter. It's much easier to get a tag in itself in CO. 20 minutes to get to your hunting elk sounds awesome. I hope you will have a successful and fun season ahead.

llp
04-27-2012, 01:51 PM
I've used a .357 for both mountain lion and mule deer. It is very marginal for deer, and I now use a .41mag or .44 mag.
llp

BobT
04-29-2012, 03:59 PM
I have hunted with handguns quite a bit,

Savage Striker in .243
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/009-1.jpg

T.C. Contender in .45 Long Colt,
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/018-2.jpg

T.C. Encore in .307 Winchester,
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/016-1.jpg

I have a couple more Contenders and a few different barrels, along with a couple more Encore barrels. I have also killed a lot of squirrels and rabbits with a Colt New Frontier .22 and a Ruger Standard auto .22.

Bob

Old Hunter
04-29-2012, 04:23 PM
This is my idea of a handgun. :)


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/1956prime2.jpg

Jerry
04-29-2012, 05:12 PM
Had one for years and loved it!

BKC
04-29-2012, 05:48 PM
Ruger super redhawk .44 mag topped w/ leupold 4x ler and pachmyer grips. I have only shot 2 deer with it but its main use is for bear and lion protection during summer packing trips with the horses, I don't use the scope with it when I ride. It has a nice magna port on it and had the trigger smoothed. I want to shoot my bear when I draw that tag.

Edelweiss
04-29-2012, 08:11 PM
I have taken a pronghorn doe with my XP-100 in 284 Winchester, but I wasn't really all that happy with that pistol.

I am going to build a couple of new ones when I get back to the states on BAT XP-Length actions in 250 Savage, 6mm BR, 358 Win, and 6.5 Creedmor.

I have a Raging Bull in 454, but I haven't shot anything with it.

BobT
04-30-2012, 06:59 AM
This is my idea of a handgun. :)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/1956prime2.jpg

Nice revolver, what caliber? What do you hunt with it?

Muleys 24/7
04-30-2012, 09:18 AM
I have hunted with handguns quite a bit,

Savage Striker in .243
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/009-1.jpg

T.C. Contender in .45 Long Colt,
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/018-2.jpg

T.C. Encore in .307 Winchester,
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m100/rltjlt/016-1.jpg

I have a couple more Contenders and a few different barrels, along with a couple more Encore barrels. I have also killed a lot of squirrels and rabbits with a Colt New Frontier .22 and a Ruger Standard auto .22.

Bob

Nice guns Bob, looks like your set up to really reach out long range if needed, with those scopes. Whats the longest distance you've shot something at?

Old Hunter
04-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Nice revolver, what caliber? What do you hunt with it?

That's not my gun. I used to shoot CAS, and had two of them in .45. Fun times, but it got too expensive.

BobT
04-30-2012, 09:37 AM
Nice guns Bob, looks like your set up to really reach out long range if needed, with those scopes. Whats the longest distance you've shot something at?

Thanks!
The farthest I've shot a critter was the pronghorn at 203, I have shot steel and paper out to 500 with a .308 barrel on the Striker. I prefer to get as close as possible to game but I'm pretty comfortable shooting at 300 from a good rest. Since the picture was taken I have traded the Striker off and gone back to the break open guns. I just find them less cumbersome to tote around.

Bob

Kevin Root
04-30-2012, 09:41 AM
Thanks!
The farthest I've shot a critter was the pronghorn at 203, I have shot steel and paper out to 500 with a .308 barrel on the Striker. I prefer to get as close as possible to game but I'm pretty comfortable shooting at 300 from a good rest. Since the picture was taken I have traded the Striker off and gone back to the break open guns. I just find them less cumbersome to tote around.

Bob

Wow, 300 yards out to 500 yards on paper. That is impressive shooting BobT.

Muleys 24/7
04-30-2012, 01:04 PM
Yea, that's far in my book, for a handgun!

sjsmallfield
04-30-2012, 01:37 PM
Nice hardware guys! I have a TC Encore rifle and have been thinking of getting a pistol barrel and grips for it. I'm just not sure what caliber to get.

BobT
04-30-2012, 09:40 PM
Wow, 300 yards out to 500 yards on paper. That is impressive shooting BobT.

Thanks! It's really not much different than shooting a rifle at the same distances, all you need is an accurate gun and a solid rest. The biggest road block I had was making myself believe it could be done, once I overcame that then the rest was downhill. I also shoot a lot of rocks, I have a spot a few minutes from the house I can shoot at rocks a long way out.

Bob

bigshot
04-30-2012, 10:03 PM
It's legal to use a .22 for big game in Calif?
I used the .22 mag in Utah, they consider lions as small game.

Muleys 24/7
04-30-2012, 10:08 PM
I used the .22 mag in Utah, they consider lions as small game.
I was pretty sure that was an out of state thing. In your opinion dose the .22 mag have knock down for a big cat?

bigshot
04-30-2012, 10:44 PM
Yea it knocked them right out of the trees, just fall and wiggle a bit. I would aim for the base of neck.

Old Hunter
04-30-2012, 10:49 PM
I used the .22 mag in Utah, they consider lions as small game.

Whoever made that decision hasn't seen one up close.

bigshot
04-30-2012, 11:04 PM
Yea, you can use a .22 caliber for lion in several states. Some of the best tasting white meat I ever had. Here is an old picture of a depredation lion my dogs treed on dry ground.

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Here is another old picture of me, with my first Utah lion I treed with my hounds.
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