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#199326 - 04/30/19 03:07 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Ernie]
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Dick and Ernie, those are both impressive numbers in there respective categories. It just shows what can be done when you take the time to shoot at get to know your weapon.
Thanks for sharing

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#199334 - 04/30/19 05:27 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Ernie]
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I just hunt with revolvers, so I can?t reach out as far.
My longest kill shot with the Smith 6.5" 629 is 110 yards and 154 yards with the Ruger 7.5" SR .454
Both were ranged by Leica.


Edited by Curly (04/30/19 05:38 PM)

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#199343 - 05/01/19 01:08 AM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Ernie]
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 Originally Posted By: Ernie
Longest big game revolver kill, over 200 yards.
Specialty pistols LR:
Elk - 666 yards
Mule Deer - 700ish yards
Whitetail - 548 yards
Antelope - 1037 yards
Springbok - 400+ yards
The only time I intentionally let the animal get further, was the buck antelope over a grand.
The muley and elk were in the mountains.
A number of animals killed in the 400ish to 600ish yards.
Cartridges used: 7mm-08, 284 Winchester, 7mm Dakota, 7 WSM, 7mm SAUM, 7.82 Patriot, 6.5-284, 6.5 WSM/Leopard, and 6 Creed.


Lol, I was waiting on Ernie to respond.
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#199344 - 05/01/19 06:32 AM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Awesome shooting everyone

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#199444 - 05/04/19 10:03 AM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: racksmasher1]
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I took this whitetail doe with a 14" Contender chambered in 257 Raptor using a 100 grain Sierra Pro Hunter traveling at 2575 fps. The 257 Raptor is a 204 Ruger necked up to 25 caliber.
Distance was 269 yards measured by a laser range finder by a witness standing next to me when I made the shot. The doe was crossing an open field at mid-day when we were eating lunch. I laid my backpack which contains a small pillow on a small rock mound and rested the pistol on the backpack. She nosed over at the shot and traveled about 25 yards and expired.



The bullet entered low on the left shoulder and I recovered the bullet under the hide on her right side.

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#199449 - 05/04/19 01:54 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Randominator]
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For me it?s been something north of 100 yards (with a red dot). I admire the folks who can shoot at great distances with killing accuracy and don?t begrudge anyone?s methodology or preferences. But, for me, handgun hunting is an up close and personal endeavor, and getting close is where I derive my enjoyment.
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#199455 - 05/04/19 03:49 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: Whitworth]
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Getting up close defines handgun hunting, that's why I got completely out of rifles many years ago. It was just too easy & it got boring.
How close you can get is a real challenge especially if it's an elk, muley buck or an antelope. Sometimes with them you just have to take what you can get.
I would say in the last 50 years my average shot has probably been something like 40-50 yds except for muley bucks, elk & antelope. I always try to get as close as I get but with them, unless you are hunting from a stand it's almost impossible.
I like to spot & stalk everything if I'm hunting Idaho, Utah, Wyoming or Montana. When I've hunted Texas you can't do that so the shots were always closer.
You have to adapt your technique to the country & the animal or you will fail. Doing it with a sixgun makes it very tough & many times I've went home empty handed, you have to be prepared for that or you can't survive in our sport.
When I hunt white tails in Montana it's almost always offhand & they are jumped close & running. I usually have 2 different kinds of shooting rests with me, one being my backpack, the other being some sort of shooting sticks. The backpack has a soft back in the top compartment & I throw an old piece of leather over it before I shoot so it doesn't burn my pack. I use the same piece of leather if I'm shooting between my knees.
Not once have I ever taken a long shot if there was a chance of getting closer, sometimes I've pulled it off, sometimes I've failed miserably. I've probably taken 30+ animals over 100 yds just out of necessity, almost always muley bucks, elk,antelope & one bear. I usually carry either a 10.5" 44 magnum or a 10.5" 357 Maximum sticking out of the top of my backpack just in case.
Sometimes it's came in handy, most times I've used the belt gun. This has been my method for many years & it's worked for me, others have worked out a different approach that works best for them. Shoot good loads in your comfort zone & hopefully good things will happen.

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#199457 - 05/04/19 05:24 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: sixshot]
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I enjoy the challenge of both, up close and personal and long range.

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#199458 - 05/04/19 06:10 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: wheelguns]
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SPOT AND STALK AND GET UP CLOSE REVOLVER HUNTING, THAT IS MY FAVORITE TYPE OF HUNTING, BUT YOU DO HAVE TO ADAPT TO WHERE YOU ARE AT, AND THE TYPE OF HUNTING AVAILABLE. DICK HAS DONE IT RIGHT AND OFTEN, AND HE IS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, I HAVE MADE SOME LONG RANGE SHOTS IN THE LOWER 48, AND IN AFRICA, WITH SINGLE SHOT PISTOLS THAT I DO LIKE TO COMMENT ON ONCE IN A WHILE AND HAVE NO REGRETS ON HAVING TAKEN THOSE SHOTS.
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#199461 - 05/04/19 06:37 PM Re: Longest handgun deer shot question. [Re: 45MAN]
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This was my longest shot on a whitetail... 109 yards with 454
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