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My friend thinks the ultimate test of a true hunter is to take down some Big Game with a handgun. I think he's insane. What's t

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    My friend thinks the ultimate test of a true hunter is to take down some Big Game with a handgun. I think he's insane. What's the overall consensus out there about handgun hunting?

  • #2
    Your friend sounds like an ass. Always act with honor and integrity while showing the utmost respect for your prey.

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    • #3
      Handgun hunting just adds another challenge to hunting. I have not done it but would like to someday.

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      • #4
        I love hunting with a handgun, but ultimate test? That may suit his standard but may not be acceptable for anyone else. Figure you have to be accurate within your confident range. That might depend on the caliber, the barrel length, whether or not it is scoped, and how good your eyes are. Open sights are probably no different than bow range for most of us (but look up Elmer Keith). Set your own standards.

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        • #5
          handguns have their time and place...the ultimate test? I dont think so...

          try an atlatl!

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          • #6
            I believe it would be quite the test and with such guns as a S&W 500 it is very possible.

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            • #7
              I don’t know about using a handgun for Big Game hunting such as Brown/Grizzly bear, but I do find that a 22 pistol with one bullet and a good pair of tennis shoes is all you need for self protection. In case of bear attack, shoot your buddy in the ankle and run like hell!

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              • #8
                What’s the deference between using a bow or handgun? It’s still up close and personal!

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                • #9
                  I think that a bow would be more challenging than a handgun but I don't know. I have never hunted with a hand gun or bow. I think that maybe your friend is just trying to get a rise out of you or talk you into a hand gun trip with him some where.

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                  • #10
                    Your friend sounds like a complete idiot. First it is inethical and you probably won't have a clean kill.

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                    • #11
                      No that's not the answer if you want a real test shoot a recurve or long bow with traditional broadheads. I have had several pistols that would kill at 75 yards. thats about 4 times farther than a recurve at 20 yards or so. Not really a test at all IMO

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                      • #12
                        the ultimate test is when you spend a lot of money for a hunt. and your on your last day. in the last 20 minutes of light, and you make a 700 yd shot, on a once in lifetime animal. now thats an ultimate shot.

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                        • #13
                          I agree with brad, a bow is the way to go, especially a long bow. They are hard to hold back, no sights and take alot of practice.

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                          • #14
                            I think it is with a bow. Its always been a dream of mine to take down a grizzly with a bow

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                            • #15
                              I thinks its just like bowhunting, just another way to shoot an animal.

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