hand-gun caliber preferance

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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:55 am

the 40 with a 155jhp at 1205fps in a 4" barrel and 500 ft lbs of energy will reach out quicker than any 45 bullet
like the 185 at 1140, top factory fps for the 45.

The price of weapons and cost of ammo might change things..................

Most say that a 41 or 44 mag should be used on deer size animals but bullet design has come a long way,since 1990.
I have dropped a Nevada 4x4 Mule deer at 60 yards with a 357 Mag and a old Speer 160 grain Jwc with one shot center line
behind the shoulder. Had a buddy backing me up with my 270 just in case,though.
good luck.
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby Sandman3400 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:22 am

Yeah, neither one is what I would pick for deer. Range will have to be very limited with that type of handgun caliber. .357, .44, .41, etc. are much better for hunting rounds. More powder behind the bullet translates to more energy further downrange. That .40 and .45 bleed down to nothing pretty quickly.
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby Preacher1011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:45 pm

Sandman3400 wrote:Yeah, neither one is what I would pick for deer. Range will have to be very limited with that type of handgun caliber. .357, .44, .41, etc. are much better for hunting rounds. More powder behind the bullet translates to more energy further downrange. That .40 and .45 bleed down to nothing pretty quickly.


I think in the Speer reloading manual they actually have a picture of a guy that shot a .45 out to 100 yards with under a 6" group. It was either there or in the Cartridges of the World book.

Back to the post though. I know a game warden here that shot a deer with his Glock 22 (it's a .40) and it didn't move. He used his duty ammo (Remington Golder Sabers) and it dropped it. Either one will do fine. If it'll drop a human, it'll drop a deer.
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby daffy... » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:18 pm

i like 40. cheaper for me to reload
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby Sandman3400 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:19 am

Preacher1011 wrote:
Sandman3400 wrote:Yeah, neither one is what I would pick for deer. Range will have to be very limited with that type of handgun caliber. .357, .44, .41, etc. are much better for hunting rounds. More powder behind the bullet translates to more energy further downrange. That .40 and .45 bleed down to nothing pretty quickly.


I think in the Speer reloading manual they actually have a picture of a guy that shot a .45 out to 100 yards with under a 6" group. It was either there or in the Cartridges of the World book.

Back to the post though. I know a game warden here that shot a deer with his Glock 22 (it's a .40) and it didn't move. He used his duty ammo (Remington Golder Sabers) and it dropped it. Either one will do fine. If it'll drop a human, it'll drop a deer.



They will all work if you are close enough. So if you go that route, you have to be willing to limit your shots to the effective range, which is not very far. We are not just talking about a decent group. It needs to hit where you want and still have enough velocity and energy left to make a clean kill.
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby RiverReaper » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:08 pm

I own both and prefer the .45 as my bow backup. It really puts the smack on any target with 185gr+P rounds. I've seen more than one deer killed with both calibers though. And those MK23's are awesome you should definately buy one if you're considering it.
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby dablaw » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:35 pm

I keep my 50 cal desert eagle with me most of the time..It is a rather large gun and if your a smaller guy I wouldn't recommened it..It will take down small trees...
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:20 pm

If you find a bullet that works well in your gun............buy a lot !!

I had two great pistol bullets ,one a Sierra 9mm and the other a Speer 357 and both were discontinued...........
there went those 1" groups !!

Good luck with the 40, finding the "Right One".
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Re: hand-gun caliber preferance

Postby devildog28 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:23 pm

.40

Way cheaper to shoot than a .45.
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