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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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  • #16
    I guess the real test of a hunter would be to sit in the tree until the unsuspecting buck walked under it. At that moment leap off the limb and cut his throat with your Bowie while hanging on so you won't have to follow the blood trail. Alternately you might try hoisting a large boulder into the tree and just drop it on him. I have killed two mule deer bucks on purpose with my short barreled .44 magnum mainly to see if I could do it. I also shot a buck antelope with the same revolver but it had previously been hit with a .30 cal rifle that day without adequate followup by someone. I basically just wanted to finish it off. I do have several friends who rather routinely kill bucks and bulls with various revolvers but its not my thing.

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    • #17
      I don't think handgun hunting is unethical at all. I have killed several deer with my 44 mag. Longest shot was 65 yards. I think bow hunting is more challenging. My longest bow kill is 32 yards. Shortest shot I ever took was about 20 feet straight down with my 7mm mag. Buck walked right under my stand.

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      • #18
        As long as he matches the load with the game there is nothing wrong with using a handgun.

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        • #19
          The test of a true hunter is how he handles himself in the field.

          Nate

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          • #20
            A big enough handgun is a perfectly suitable hunting tool, but there are much greater challenges - compounds, crossbows, recurves and longbows, spears, knives, clubs, rocks, bare hands.

            I can kill them with a good stare, but only out to 15 yards or so.

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            • #21
              if its a big enough caliber its fine

              i cant remember the name of the company now but they offer a single shot pistol in 375 hh mag

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              • #22
                I haven't done it but once I turn 21, I'm going to use my dad's 41 mag. for deer.

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                • #23
                  Took a deer with my .480 Ruger. Laid it out. Archery hunting is more challenging still. Just a different tool for the job.

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                  • #24
                    I say the ultimate is using the bow to kill your prey....

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                    • #25
                      As long as you use enough gun to do the job, most people recomment a 44 Magnum for large animals, the 480 Ruger may have an edge if it;s and extremely large or dangerous animal I have fired the S&W 500 at targets, but am not confident with it so I will stick with my Super Red Hawk.
                      I only take it out as a backup weapon, but I am confident in shooting it. I fire 50 rounds a week as practice.

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                      • #26
                        I find a bow to be much more challenging than a handgun but I would not consider a hunter less of a hunter if they used a rifle.

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                        • #27
                          i do a lot of handgun hunting . and have yet to meet an animal that thought my hand gun was lacking in power . especially when i put the 444. marlin on the contender

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                          • #28
                            The true test of a hunter is not whether you can put a bullet or an arrow in a small space from as far away as possible -- you can test that at the range -- but how close you can get to the animal in the woods without bait and whether you can make a clean shot with whatever tool you choose to use. That's why they call it "hunting" and not "killing."

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                            • #29
                              i have never tried it personally but i think it would be alot of fun

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                              • #30
                                If he can take it down respectfully and fast, he is awesome. A TRUE test of hunting is taking a buck with a blade.

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