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Old November 22nd, 2010, 05:43 PM   #1
 
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.41, .44. or .45 Blackhawk Hunter?

I have killed a few deer with a .44 SBH and a .45LC version,but next year I would like to commit to a handgun for the entire gun season. I'm going to buy a Blackhawk Hunter, and keep it as a dedicated scoped hunting revolver, but which caliber? I know.....on a broad side whitetail it probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans difference. The only caliber I have no deer killing experience with is the .41

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Old November 22nd, 2010, 10:20 PM   #2
 
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.44 mag trumps .41 due to it having much more ammo available.

.45 colt trumps .44 mag if you reload.

all should work well on deer size game.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 01:04 AM   #3
 
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All will work on deer or black bear in Michigan
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The .41 is a fine deer cartridge! It has dropped whitetails as fast as a .44 in my experience. Ammo can be a problem, not every gun shop will carry it, but if you reload there is a good variety of bullets available from 170 grains to 265 grains. It is my go to revolver for hunting purposes.
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I went with a 45lc Redhawk 7 1/2, put a scope on it this year and hope to be able to hunt with it next year. I've got no pistol hunting exp but I figure a year on the range will get me where Ineed to be for the hunt 2011. If you reload the world is your oyster, if not I would either reload or go with the 44 for ammo avail.
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I have taken deer with all three plus 500 SW and the 10mm. They all work fine and shoot all the way through a broadside deer.

If you reload, any are good. If not, go with a 44 Mag.
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Stick with a winner, get another .44 mag. You already have ammo for it, and hotrodding the .45 Colt is a stunt, IMO. As said above, any of them will work.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:09 PM   #8
 
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I am a 44 mag guy myself, but, I would not feel diminished in any way by carrying any of the three you mentioned.
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I'm leaning toward the 44
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.44 mag also has the option to plink with .44 specials.
the .44 is a great all around cartridge. You could take game from a coyote to a bear and everything in-between. I have some 300gr XTP's that are downright nasty when they expand.

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IMHO, SUPER BLACKHAWK - HUNTER caliber 44mag. is the most beautiful thing I've done this for the Ruger revolver. There remains the gauge preferred by all hunters who use the HUNTER
http://www.handgunhunt.com/readArticle.php?letter_id=36


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IMHO anything that starts with a 4 .Pick a good bullet and practice,practice,practice
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I am a big fan of both 44 mag & 45lc I own more 45 colt cal. pistols. But for hunting I would go with the 44 mag. Instead of trying to make the 45 colt into a 45 mag. for hunting.
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i to am a 45 lover from 45 acp to 45 long colt, 45 cal roa pistol,454,and the 45 70 govt.,but my true love is the 41 rem mag. my super blkhawk bisley hunter (tweaked in all the right places) can and will exceed the 44 mag balistic wise. were its true most stores this ammo is hard to find,but if you reload as i do,, i have every lyman mold from 175 grain through 300 grain,i also have some custom molds from nei,,lbt,and a few very special molds from russia that cast out 3 differant weights,and styles from wfn to hollowpoints. were some guys know there limits,exsperiance with yours,theres alot more to the 41 than meets the eye. my 41 ruger is my go to handgun when after deer. dont get me wrong i like my big bores,,but theres sweet music from a 41 ruger bisley few know about. its under rated,and in some opions its the best ruger made. if you dont reload,look into it,,you may just find you love it.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 05:30 PM   #15
 
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45 if you reload.
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