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Old 11-26-2017, 08:58 PM
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Okay, this story about the hunter shooting a woman at 200 yards with a pistol makes me wonder: what is your ethical limit on the distance of a deer hunting handgun shot - specifically what was the longest handgun shot you took to harvest a deer?
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:26 PM
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75yds a Doe with a 7x30waters

My Contender, in 6.8spc I'm comfortable to 100yds rested nice An stable rest required.

My .44mag is good to 75yds smith revolver, 2x scope if I had a custom gun with practice I would stretch it. But currently my sidearms co witness deer rifles. So if I'm uncomfortable or game too Farm I'm bringing up the Rifle.
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:31 PM
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open sights? 50-60 yards

scope 80-100 yards
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:35 PM
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I plan to shoot a legal kill deer after the kill, at 100 yds through the rib cage to see if it passes through. You know me, I'll report back. Two factors, accuracy and knetic energy. The accuracy with a prop, no problem. The knetic energy is to be determined
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Old 11-27-2017, 03:21 PM
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The range depends on the gun and the cartridge.
Some, like my G40 with red dot, I limit to 50 yds. Others, like my 14" Contender in 30-30, I feel comfortable to 100 yds +.
First you have to be able to hit the target then the cartridge has to be able to make a clean kill at the range.
I would love to see some real world data on handgun performance on game. Otherwise we are all just guessing.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:43 AM
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I have killed a buck at 110 yards with a 40S&W. It was wounded and headed to a thick ravine so I tried to stop it. I probably would not shoot at a deer over 50 yards right now with open sights. 100+ yards with a scoped 44/45/454.
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When I hunted with a handgun, I shot a doe at 128 (ranged) yards with a Ruger Super Redhawk .44mag with a 4x scope. Dropped in her tracks.

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Old 11-28-2017, 06:02 PM
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When I hunted with a handgun, I shot a doe at 128 (ranged) yards with a Ruger Super Redhawk .44mag with a 4x scope. Dropped in her tracks.

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I'd look at ballistic charts and see where the energy drops off. I wouldn't feel confident at any range after it drops below 500 ft/lbs, regardless of accuracy.
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My longest kills are 40 yards with open sighted 357’magnum, 60 yards with scoped 44 magnum red hawk, and 124 yards with scoped tc encore 7/08.
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85 yds with a 460 S&W XVR with Ultra Dot scope. 250 grn XTP hand loads. Was DRT.
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I try to make all my pistol shots between 50-60 yards. My 7-30 waters is sighted in dead on at 100 yards but I try not to have to shoot that far.
Several years ago I dropped a doe at 106 lasered yards using a 7.5" .41 magnum shooting from a forked stick rest. That was unusual but I had a wide open shot from a steady rest.
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My longest kills are 40 yards with open sighted 357’magnum, 60 yards with scoped 44 magnum red hawk, and 124 yards with scoped tc encore 7/08.
My 7mm-08 handloads in my 15" encore is just under 1000 ft*lbs at 400 yards. I wouldn't shoot that far, but if I had a good rest and time to wait for a good shot, I would consider a 300 yard shot. 200 yards would be a chip shot with the encore with a good rest of course. It still beats a .243 at the same ranges.

However, I have only had 2 kills and both were 357 magnum at around 30-40 yards. One with a contender(12" bbl) the other a Taurus 607 (6.5" bbl)

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I plan to handload hotter loads for my 10mm once I can get a barrel with more case support. The gun is capable in accuracy, however, recently shooting a piece of metal at 100yds, I could hear a delay between shot and impact. This told me that it's really slowing down out there. It needs more speed to be a 100yd gun
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I only tote my revolver because I'm left handed shooting
(guns and pool) left eye dominate.

Do everything else right handed.

If I get caught out of my rifle swing, I'll take a shot
around 30 yards.

Hit paper a LOT further than that.
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