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 Post subject: Small game with handgun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:04 pm 
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This is my current small game arsenal. A ruger 22/45 with suppressor and t/c contender with 410 barrel. I still need to get a decent holster for the contender but a cheap uncle mikes with a little modification worn bandoleer style seems to work pretty well.

The 22 gets the nod for bunnies and ground shots on grouse and ptarmigan and the 410 is mostly for birds in trees or on the wing. I’m not a fan of winging bullets thru the air.

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 Post subject: Re: Small game with handgun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:15 pm 
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always wished I coulda tried small game w/ my single six. Those look like fun! CL

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:34 pm 

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Location: Washington State
I like your thinking!

The .22 is quite useful for grouse here. I've never hunted with a .410 handgun...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Shot these three on the wing. It’s a trip! That little 410 has saved many uneventful trips.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:25 pm 
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Shot these three on the wing. It’s a trip! That little 410 has saved many uneventful trips.


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Very cool...

And easier to pack than a big ol' shotgun...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:23 am 
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Very cool Bear.
For your TC Contender, Shamrock Holsters in WY has some nice options. The owner, Mark Flannigan had to modify my holster to accommodate a scope and wider forend and it's a perfect fit. It's a modular system so I can swap out the contender and hang my S&W 629 3" and I am off to the woods.
https://www.shamrockholsters.com/

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:05 am 
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Thanks for the link, thinking one of those could be nice


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:55 am 

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I started with a Ruger Single Six with 5 1/2 inch barrel and still use it along with a Ruger Mark II 5inch. Bull barrel. The Mark II is more accurate for day time hunting, but I prefer the Single Six when I use to go raccoon hunting at night, to many trips and falls in the dark.


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I started with a colt, then added a Ruger Bearcat, then a couple of Ruger standard autos. This was in the late 60's and 70's. Now my go to .22 is my stainless convertible Ruger single six with 6" barrel. Does anything I need out of a .22 revolver.
I bought it to closely match my Ruger superblackhawk w/7.5 barrel.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:22 pm 

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I started also with the Ruger, then up graded to a newer one, then the Browning Buckmark. As the critters around my AOP are pretty sturdy and large for their species I have moved up to a larger caliber. My Springfield Armory 1911, 45 ACP is my primary, and a fair number of skunks, coons and squirrels have been taken with it. Back up is my Marlin 45/70 which i use to reach out past point blank range with animals out to at least 20-25 yards. With 350 gr. hard cast bullets it makes squirrels disappear.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:39 am 

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I like to use my .41 mag Ruger with a 210gr Berrys FP and a microscopic charge of titegroup for snowshoe hare in the winter. I call it bowling for bunnys. Not sure how slow it is going, but I'm thinking somewhere around Daisy pneumatic airgun velocity based on the audible time of flight into the rotten pine stump 50 yards from my cabin porch.

Knocks them down well with very little meat damage. Good practice for hunting or silhouette with that gun. My .22/45 Ruger might be a more practical choice for this pursuit, but the big wheel gun with the bowling balls is just too darn much fun not to use.

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