Handgun Hunting?

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  1. Apr 5, 2019 #61

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    I’ve wondered how the heavier (longer) projectiles would perform from that twist. The reason I bought the shorter 250 REAL.

    A Plains Pistol is honestly a bit low on my list though, but I do feel I need one. But then I have irons in many different fires and BP has barley been smoldering these past few years as the one outdoor range is a bit over an hour one way since I moved.
     
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    The old timers had what was called a “bear pistol” which was a long-barrel flintlock. The additional barrel not only adds velocity and killing power, but a longer sighting plain for accurate shooting.
     
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    Let's bump this up and see if it gathers any more thoughts or replies...
     
  4. May 22, 2019 #64

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    For many years I used a Ruger Old Army for pests, like groundhogs, raccoons, skunks, etc. Probably 20 -30 ground hogs, a dozen raccoons and a half dozen skunks. Not all hunting is for deer. I recently acquired a little 32 caliber Kentucky style flintlock that seems accurate enough for small game. I have been hitting a 4 inch circle consistently at about 50 ft
    When i was a kid, we held shooting contests by each starting at 20 feet and backing off 3 feet for each successive shot until a miss and mark your spot with a piece of wood or a rock. The winner was the one who got the farthest from the target before the first miss. Now when I reach that miss, then I practice at that distance until I get five consecutive hits and start backing up again with each hit. Not a bad way to learn a new gun. I can do this at my little range here at the farm.
     
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    Rat,

    I've been thinking about purchasing a 50 caliber Great Plains Pistol to match my 50 Plains Rifle and was wondering about the ability to use the Hornady PA Conical bullet in the pistol - looking to use them in both pistol and rifle for primitive hunting seasons. Yours is the only post that I have run across where anyone has loaded the PA Conical in the Plains Pistol. I was concerned that the barrel twist in the pistol would not stabilize the bullet. How is the accuracy in yours?

    Also, was wondering / concerned about the load that you listed as using in yours - 70gr if 3F with PRB - as the literature on the Lyman site lists 40grs as the max load. With that high of a load, especially with the conical bullet, have you been experiencing any 'hammer bounce' after firing such stiff loads?
     
  6. May 24, 2019 #66

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    My understanding is that both the PA conical and shorter REAL were designed for medium to slow twist firearms.
     
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    There may be a production delay with those percussion models since no one has reported seeing one or firing one, not even in videos or on the company website.
    A lot of people have asked for and received refunds for another model that the company advertises.
     
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    12ga patched round ball that weighs 550 grains.
    I have a Pedersoli Howdah in 20x20
    It is a fine shooter on clay targets
     
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    THAT sounds like a great time!
     
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    So true! It’s been a primary issue weapon in common usage since time immemorial. Only waning in prominence toward the end of WW1. Though still in use today. But man! You’d have to be having a real bad day to resort to it. Even so... modern troops still have the option. Bayonets anyone?
     
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    If a pistol like the walker was designed to drop a horse at distances of 75 yards plus... Seems It’d be more than adequate for dropping a deer...
     
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    When I read about hand gun hunting, I read them with curiosity and wonder how proficient of a pistol shooter the poster is.

    The 25 yard slow fire pistol target has a black area of 5 1/2". To be in the High Master you need to be able to shoot 95 consistently. The 50 yard target has a black area of 8" and you need to be able to shoot 85 consistently. There are very few High Master shooters.

    What is the minute of deer/hog wobble area size at each yardage to make a killing shot?

    "If a pistol like the walker was designed to drop a horse at distances of 75 yards plus... Seems It’d be more than adequate for dropping a deer..."

    First you have to hit the horse.
     
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    Hitting ones target is no doubt a must. But call me skeptical; to envision a cavalryman at full gallop, reigns in one hand, walker in the other, closing with another cavalryman, being able to hit either horse, or rider at any serious distance... Seems so unlikely as to write off the occurrences as mere chance. As for the walker being able to drop the horse? Even with the shooter firing from a rested position at a still horse, from 75 yards..? Well... I’d have to see it to believe it. Seems that nothing but a brain pan shot, or one directly to the heart could achieve such an effect. But I’m naturally skeptical.
     
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    When I was shooting regularly, which I haven’t been, I was able to get ~3.5” at 15 yds off hand with my Ruger. My goal for being able to handgun hunt has been <6” at 25 yds. I’m no pistolero by any means but with practice, and from a solid rest, I think that it easily in reach.

    But I was thinking more along the lines of a .50 or .54 cal muzzle loader handgun. A bit more sight radius if nothing else.
     
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    Several of us have hunted with several different types of handguns over the years in both modern cartridge and blackpowder. Have taken game standing shooting offhand but usually from shooting sticks or rest if at all possible. Do a lot of shooting woods walking, plinking or small game. Being able to reliably take small game makes it much easier to place shot where needed on larger game. Some frown on using sights other than the traditional muzzleloader sights. I will use both traditional and a more modern fiber rod type front sight that is easier to see in some situations. For deer I usually try for lung shots because they don't go far. Like bow hunting I just sit and wait a little while making mental note of direction last seen. Most are within 70 yards or less of where hit. The more you shoot the load you will hunt with the better. With a handgun I shoot off shooting sticks a lot year round. Shoot at chipmunks when I can because they are a really small target. If you can hit them deer are easy.
     
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    I have over 30 years of dedicated handgun hunting behind me for deer, moose, elk and small game. All modern with the exception of some small game with a C&B revolver. Kinda being familiar with all that's involved in the sport, I've never crossed over to a muzzleloader for large game. My concern is the question of backup shots, if needed. Never needed one with modern guns, but the extra shot was always there and waiting if the need arose. Finally determined that if I was to take up blackpowder handgun hunting it would either be with a Ruger revolver, or I'd be packing two front stuffers. Not that big of a deal to do either if I decided to lean that way.
     
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    The way I see it is that the Remington NMA and Colt 1860, loaded with energetic powder and a WFN conical is akin to the .45 Schofield/.45 ACP and can easily penetrate cleanly through the shoulders. 20-something inches isn’t unusual, which is plenty. My NMA, loaded with my 195 grn WFN (.460” long) takes a weighed 33 grns of 3F Olde Eynsford powder with a bit of additional room that one day I’ll fill with more lead by modifying my design as 33 grns is its sweet spot, it’s more accurate charge that I’ve tried, though I have a new powder measure. Is more power better? Sure. Who wouldn’t want more? But for medium game I don’t see it as being necessary, though the higher velocity would certainly increase the permanent wound channel. According to Beartooth Bullets, who specializes in WFN non expanding projectiles, a .452” with a meplat of .370” (mine is .375”) at 900 fps will produce about a .833” permanent wound channel. That’s a pretty big hole!

    https://beartoothbullets.com/tech_notes/archive_tech_notes.htm/61
     
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    rodwha, thanks for the interesting link.
     
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    I’ve seen something much like it but concerning much older wide meplat bullet designs and predominantly the .45-70 Gov’t, which had the same type of results.

    Funny that the few ball loads in ballistics gels from revolvers always seem to produce roughly caliber sized permanent wound tracks. Apparently it’s not blunt enough.
     

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