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#191083 - 03/26/18 08:58 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: karl]
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 Originally Posted By: karl
I never liked the glock trigger so I would look at a different platform, but that is a personal decision.


This is exactly why I stated earlier that I'd gladly trade my G20 for the Lipsey's BlackHawk in 10mm.
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#191090 - 03/26/18 10:42 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: PsTaN]
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Would you go with 4.62 barrel or the 6.5 barrel? I?m thinking I might actually sell some of my other guns to start getting some handguns to hunt with. Because there is a lot of choices and I feel like I need to buy to new ones.

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#191111 - 03/27/18 10:00 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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The Ruger Redhawk in 45 Colt and 45 ACP with moon clips is a good one. John Taffin wrote up in American Handgunner, or maybe it was Guns magazine, about how the Ruger Redhawk moon clips could be altered to shoot 45 Winchester Magnum, 45 Rowland and other semi-auto 45 caliber iterations. It is a candidate to be all the hunting handgun you will ever need. And then you can have it customized the way you would like it. Power and versatility in a package that is easy to carry in a shoulder holster or crossdraw holster on the hip.
From mild to reasonably wild using Redhawk Only Garrett 405 grain Long Colt loads.

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#191120 - 03/27/18 02:09 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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 Originally Posted By: Mngunnut
Would you go with 4.62 barrel or the 6.5 barrel? I?m thinking I might actually sell some of my other guns to start getting some handguns to hunt with. Because there is a lot of choices and I feel like I need to buy to new ones.


Personally I would go with the 6.5". I have Rugers in both lengths and like them both. I am sure you will get replies that the shorter barrel is more portable, and to some small degree it is, but the 6.5" for me is not an issue with regard to carry. They are easier to shoot well, and the 10mm definitely benefits (velocity) with more barrel length.

Many years ago my first Blackhawk was ordered as a 4 5/8" 41 Mag. What I got was a 41 with 6.5" instead. (Long story why it could not be returned). I have not been without a 6.5" since. Carried on a belt in a Bianchi #1, a Barranti NW Mountain Companion X Draw, or any of the great chest holsters and you will have a great hunting/hiking rig.

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#191133 - 03/27/18 06:25 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Muddy]
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If you don't reload and want a revolver with a good amount of power, but one that is also flexible to shoot different types of loads in with ammo that's easy to find, I'd seriously consider a .44 Magnum.

The 357 is good stuff, but it's not a .44 Mag. The 10mm is okay too, but in my opinion it won't do anything you can't already do with a .40 or .45.

I'm a .41 Mag guy myself, but I'll admit that the .44 Magnum might be the very best all around choice out there.

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#191135 - 03/27/18 06:29 PM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Muddy]
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In your case, the 6.5? would be the choice I?d think. Extra Velocity.

I?d want the 4.62? simply because I already have a large frame single action with a longer barrel.
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#191700 - 04/06/18 11:07 AM Re: Handgun hunting/hiking gun [Re: Mngunnut]
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I agree with Jeff460, my vote goes to the Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt / 45 ACP, as my Perfect Packing Pistol.

With the almost limitless options in loads and calibers from shotshells for snakes, to heavy 45 Colt for big game, and a size that is comfortable to carry, it has become my go to gun.




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