Hello everyone. I saw the post requesting the "lurkers" to participate. I'm one of the reads a lot but posts-naught types.

I took my first big game animal (with a pistol) in 2008 with a Smith & Wesson 629 Classic 5" with Hornaday lead-free ammunition. Last drive out of the field on the last hunt of the last weekend of season. Spotted a couple of bucks on a hillside following a doe. Rifles were packed-away so I told my dad I was going to try to take it with my revolver. I had never fired a major caliber handgun at an animal. I really didn't know what to expect. I had shot IDPA, USPSA, The Steel Challenge, and some Glock In-door competitions, but I had not practiced hunting with this revolver. I held mid-body and thought, "Well, let's see what happens." 60-yard, uphill shot. The young buck dropped like it was hit by lightening and never moved again. Bullet impacted a little right of mid-body. I don't recall hitting the spine but the bullet did not exit. As this was my back-up pistol for hogs (I had been charged the year prior) I took note of the disappointing penetration on such a slender animal. It was a very small buck.

The next year, I wounded a buck with the same pistol and followed it up with a rifle.

After that, I switched to bow hunting. I hunted with a compound for several years taking 4 deer with my compound in as many years (only go on one deer hunt per year) and then traveled to Africa with it as well. Took a Kudu, Impala, Warthog, and a Zebra (spot and stalk on that one).

This past Spring, I hunted black bears in BC with a longbow and got my first traditional kill - spot and stalk style. My impala and kudu were shot from a ground blind and I did not care for the experience.

Now I want to get back to arguing over the minutiae of ballistics and bullet construction (it can be fun) and burn a little powder. SO, I just purchased a Performance Center 460XVR with a 7.5" barrel. I have to use lead-free loads because I'm in California. I plan to experiment with 454 and 460 lead-free loads. I think, right now, my default would be the Corbon or Buffalo Boar 275 grain. All thoughts and opinions on this are welcomed.

Just saying hello. I hope everyone is having a good day.

Edited by TheSavageRabbit (06/27/19 11:47 PM)