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#190518 - 03/16/18 12:00 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
karl
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 Originally Posted By: Mngunnut
2300 rounds for 420

Can't beat that deal with a stick.
Either will work for MN bear/deer with the right bullet/load.
It probably boils down to your choice of platform.
You can get a Ruger Blackhawk in 10mm/40S&W with a 4 5/8" barrel.
The smith combo that was mentioned for 22 and 357. You can also do a similar combo with the Ruger GP100.

In addition to the discussion about platform, you can also spend a lot of time thinking about barrel length and pack-ability. It only works if you have it with you and easily accessible for hiking and hunting.

Another approach is to get one, shoot it for a while and then get another and another and another until you figure out exactly what you want. In that case 10mm seems to make sense. There have been a fair amount of posts about both the 357 and 10mm here in the last couple years that can help add details to the discussion.

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#190522 - 03/16/18 02:11 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: karl]
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I have shot a couple thousand rounds through my .357 mag and love it. It is a good choice butt I too had to have a 10mm. First in a rock island 1911, which i traded for the GLOCK 40. My experience with 1911s is limited butt my take is that literally every 1911 in 10mm butt my rock island is a good choice. It broke twice with less than 200 rounds fired in it.also it was a pain in the ass to take down thuss the trade to a glock.Great gun runs flawless butt ugly as sin lol. I just ordered a ruger blackhawk in 10mm /.40 s&w for the same reason way prettier lol. They have that revolver or if you prefer double action they have the super redhawk in a shorter barrel or just saw it in a 7 1/2 in barrel. Whatever you decide happy hunting and enjoy fellow Minnesotan!😁

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#190523 - 03/16/18 03:29 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Midwesthunter11]
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For your stated use, I would suggest a Stainless Ruger Blackhawk revolver. Bull strong and simplicity defined. I was going to suggest the .357 since you don't currently reload as 38 special practice ammo is relatively inexpensive. Since you have that large stash of 10mm I think I would go that route. 40 S&W ammo for practice is also pretty cheap. I have not had any personal experience with the Blackhawk 10/40 convertible but imagine it is a good gun. The caliber would handle your needs.

Really can't go wrong with either caliber and the Blackhawk is in my mind nearly the perfect outdoorsman's revolver.

Good luck in your choice. The thrill is in the "hunt".

Dan

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#190527 - 03/16/18 05:47 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Muddy]
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Blackhawk 10/40 convertible


This just might be the perfect compromise, simplicity of a revolver and chambered in the 10mm. Ruger also chambers the SRH in 10mm but it is a big gun for the purpose.
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#190530 - 03/16/18 06:12 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: s4s4u]
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I'd skip the pretenders and a 44 Magnum.
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#190531 - 03/16/18 07:16 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: magman]
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Those blackhawks look nice, I?m going shooting in the morning with a couple guys, my one friend has 586 L-comp and Blackhawk in 45 colt. And then of course a glock 20 gen4

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#190532 - 03/16/18 07:51 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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your not going to go wrong with a 44 mag,or a45 colt, the 10mm is a good round, I traded my Glock 20 for a Remington R-11 Long slide hunter, I have no regrets!

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#190536 - 03/16/18 09:20 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: racksmasher1]
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I have a Glock 20 and also a Super BlackHawk Hunter in .44 Mag. I'd gladly trade my Glock for a second BlackHawk in 10mm. The Lipsey's 10/40 would be a handy gun and serve lots of purposes.

Just food for thought.


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#190895 - 03/23/18 06:05 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: PsTaN]
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So shooting revolvers was a blast!! The .357 revolver that we were shooting would make a great carry gun for bumming in the woods. If I were looking for a revolver strictly for hunting would 454 casull be a good option? Seeing how you could shoot 45 Colt through it as well. As of now, I?m getting a .357 revolver. 686 SSR for carrying around camp and or backup for deer hunting. Good choice? Also is the Taurus raging bull good to go? Or stay away from? Thanks sorry this post is so long.

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#190896 - 03/23/18 06:20 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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The .454 is an excellent hunting round and will cover pretty much any animal you go after. Tons of bullet/powder choices as well as factory offerings. And like you said it gives you the versatility of the .45 colt.

I own a raging bull in .44 mag and absolutely love it. Very very nice shooting pistol. It's the 6.5" model btw.

Good luck and make sure you post pics of whatever you end up with.
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