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#190897 - 03/23/18 07:09 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Randy M]
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IF YOU GET A 454 BE CAREFUL ABOUT SHOOTING 45 COLT IN A 454 CYLINDER. FREEDOM ARMS RECOMMENDS AGAINST IT IN THEIR EXTREMELY CLOSE TOLERANCED REVOLVERS. STUDY THE ISSURE BEFORE YOU DO IT.
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#190901 - 03/23/18 10:06 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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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.


What animals do you plan on hunting? The 45 Colt is plenty enough for most North American big game without the recoil of the 454. I am not a fan of shooting short cases in long chambers, even though it can and is often done.
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#190910 - 03/23/18 12:36 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: s4s4u]
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I am an avid backpacker and weight is always a concern, if you are just talking day hikes then not so much.
Since you are adding hunting especially black bears then I would look for a gun that would cleanly take them and make it fit my other needs.
If I was looking for myself then a 4" S&W 629 Mountain gun 44 Magnum would probably be on my short list.
I really like the .357 Mag and have taken many whitetails with it and am sure it would work on black bears, but personally I would want more gun.

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#190912 - 03/23/18 01:29 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Dekker]
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I vote 45 Colt in either a Ruger Super Blackhawk or Super Redhawk.
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#190916 - 03/23/18 04:00 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Raptortrapper]
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#190947 - 03/24/18 01:01 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Sawfish]
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Right now it?s a toss up between the Ruger Redhawk 45colt/45 ACP or the 686. The ruger has 4.2? barrel, 686 will have a 4?. Mainly whitetail, and blackbear if I get chosen for lottery

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#190949 - 03/24/18 01:14 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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Feel is very important so which feels the best in your hand? Weight is always a consideration and a gun that feels light and snappy in the store takes on a whole new feel when you put 6 heavy rounds or a loaded mag in it. If possible shoot both before you buy. Get a good holster and practice,practice, practice.
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#191042 - 03/26/18 09:20 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: junebug]
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Is the glock 20 gen 4 a good hunting platform. Shot one yesterday with an RMR on it and we were nailing steel at 65 yards no problem. Is the 10mm basically ballastics twins with .357 magnum? Now my problem is between the 686 and the G20.

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#191043 - 03/26/18 09:50 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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I helped a good friend set up a G40 for deer hunting a couple years ago. We were getting 1550 fps from the Buffalo Barnes 155 gn load with a 6.5" barrel. Off a rest, it would group 2 inches at 50 yards. you could easily recreate this with a G20 and aftermarket barrel, or just settle for lower velocity with a G20 barrel.
(here is what i was shooting so you can read specs and check velocities https://www.midwayusa.com/product/634566...-free-box-of-20 Manufacturer website also has more velocity details.)

He has yet to connect with a deer, but would be comfortable up to 50 yards (with red-dot).


With the right bullet choice, the 10mm will work well. Before I jumped into the 10mm and G20, I would make sure to try the G20 with some full power 10mm loads. Most of the 10mm ammo easily available in a store today is loaded down from full potential.

I would say that based on the factory loads i've looked at, the 10mm has definitely has the advantage in energy/velocity/weight.

I never liked the glock trigger so I would look at a different platform, but that is a personal decision. IMHO, I think it could be a 100 yard deer setup with a different trigger.

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#191044 - 03/26/18 10:26 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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Is the 10mm basically ballastics twins with .357 magnum?


Pretty much so, with equal weight bullets. The 10 might have a slight advantage of a larger hole, and greater capacity and quicker reloads, but either would serve essentially the same purpose.
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