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Old 02-05-2016, 05:29 AM   #1
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Just picked up a late 1970's Ruger Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" earlier this week

Killing a deer with a pistol is a "bucket list" item for me if you will.

What bullets would you recommend 1) practicing with 2) use for hunting (if not the same)? Grain, brand ect. I knew the bullets were going to be expensive when I bought the gun, so it is what it is

What is the longest shot you would feel comfortable with? The rear sight has one screw only so I'm not sure what my scope options would be.

I plan on shooting it a good bit this spring and summer to get nice and comfortable so hopefully I can hunt with this bad boy. Any advice would be appreciated
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:20 AM   #2
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Shooting distances should be determined by ones ability to consistently shoot 4 inch groups.
Using a scope will increase that distance, and so will the use of a rest.

The .44 is a fine caliber, congratulations.
(one might consider after market grips for better control)
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:30 AM   #3
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I agree on the grips, I had that very same gun 20 yrs. or so ago and I put a scope on mine, hunted with it some but never got a deer, I always hunted with Hornady 240 gr.xtp/hp's or cast, not sure if the soft points will expand at the slower hand gun velocity but maybe someone will chime in soon. Nowadays I hunt with the 44 mag. still but use a lever action with 240 or 300 grn. Lee cast bullet. The 44 will lay them out flat, good luck and let us know how you do.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:55 AM   #4
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I did this 25 years ago. Only my gun was a Red hawk,7 1/2". Killed 2 , a spike and 4 pt. running dogs in BW. 240 gr. Got it done. Sold that gun and although I no longer hunt with a pistol I usually carry one when hunting


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Old 02-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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I did a little research a while back on this, I would look at Hornady Leverevolution in .44, it added 100yrds to the range that I was comfortable with shooting from a 30.30. It's more expensive and after I sighted in it was the only ammo I could use accurately, but it's also the only ammo I need. I have been interested in going the .44 route for deer for a while, just have not pulled the trigger, keep us posted on your progress, good luck.
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treat it like an archery hunt as far as range goes. i think any 240gr soft point would be just fine, you're already making a .44 cal hole if zero expansion occurs, and some will definitely happen.
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My first choice would be a 225gr Barnes XPB loaded by buffalo bore, 2nd choice would be 300 gr hornady XTP.
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I have the same gun. I put a hogue grip on it and it makes all the difference in the world. I shot a couple pigs with it but no deer yet. I need to get a more comfortable holster for it.
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Looking to try out my Glock 40 10mm MOS system, heard some good report , will keep you posted
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treat it like an archery hunt as far as range goes. i think any 240gr soft point would be just fine, you're already making a .44 cal hole if zero expansion occurs, and some will definitely happen.
will definitely be hunting the same stands I bow hunt out of. Thanks for the info fellas. Still haven't had a chance to shoot it yet and it's driving me crazy
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