What handgun will you use this year?

rosewood

Senior Member
Going to start with an Encore with 15" 338winmag barrel...
Are you nuts? I don't even like shooting it in a rifle. Developing loads and sighting in has to be brutal. I have a .270 barrel and a 7mm-08 also that are more than capable of the long range shots, I don't need that kind of punishment.

Be sure to post some pics when you get one.

Rosewood
 
Are you nuts?

Rosewood
Lol. I've been called that before. Actually it's not as bad as it sounds. In my avatar that's me shooting the 338 left handed and I'm right handed. Had a brace on my right wrist so had to shoot left handed. Not a gun for inexperienced shooters but if you can handle full magnum 44s you can handle the 338. Been using it since early 2000s. Taken several deer with it. I thought it was time to take it out of semi retirement and let it hunt again. Last few years have been using 7-30 improved Contender, 7-08 Encore, and 45-70 Contender all handguns of course.
 

rosewood

Senior Member
I had a 460 barrel in the encore, it was brutal, couldn't get it to shoot like I wanted so I sold it. Now have a 454 taurus, and it is no fun developing loads for either. It is worse than my 15" 270.

Now, the 7-30 and 7tcu are quite enjoyable shooting. Just plain fun.
 
I won't be handgun hunting this year, but back when I owned a first-generation T/C Contender, I thought both my .44 mag barrel and my .30-30 barrel were plenty powerful for deer hunting in the woods of north Georgia. With a decent scope that goes up to 4X magnification, I'd use either one out to 100 yards, and the .30-30 probably to 150 for a clean broadside shot.

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I killed two together last year with a Contender 7-30 Waters and I have never killed a deer with my G40 10mm so I will carry it this year.
 

pacecars

Senior Member
Need to shoot one with my Kimber Camp Guard but the primary will be the Ruger .480 Bisley
 

carver

Senior Member
I carried one of those on duty for several years. It's a very reliable and shootable handgun. Are you useing Heavy cast loads or just factory hollow points.
Hollow points,really like the balance of this firearm
 

carver

Senior Member
I carried one of those on duty for several years. It's a very reliable and shootable handgun. Are you useing Heavy cast loads or just factory hollow points.
Of course I have other options,
My TC Encore in 7mm08 0911180833[536].jpg
 
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