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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    PA, I reload for everything I shoot. All hunting loads are handloaded. Haven't bought factory ammo in years....except for rimfire and shotgun of course.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Quote Originally Posted by PAwhitetailbowhunter View Post
    Awesome Ron. I use your 158 grain SWC in my plinking loads in 357. I also know you are a fan of the DWs. Good luck. Where do you hunt in Western PA. I grew up very close to the Airport in Moon Twp. Now I'm out in Harrisburg. I have hunting in 2B during the Special Regs seasons with my bow in years past.
    I hunt 2b out near my shop in New Sewickley Twp. Private farm just down the road aways.
    www.Steelvalleycasting.com is your new home for coated bullets and custom ammo.

  3. #13
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    Northern Tier, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Good luck guys.

    I believe I will be drifting in this direction as well. Kind of tired of rifle season. Same old same old. I hung up my compound for a crossbow a few years ago, and have been considering switching to a handgun for most of long gun season for a bit more challenge. 90% of my deer are taken at < 75 yards anyway. Just need that little push.

  4. #14
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    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    I'll be taking my Ruger Redhawk in .44 although I have been using it as a weak side gun when I post sitting.
    I only have one deer with it. I don't remember the charge but have used Speer semi jacked magnums for 20 years.
    I have taken my S&W model 66 with factory loads.
    I prefer the Ruger.
    The pipe never wins. I always win.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    I will be out with a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    I have been hunting with handguns since the early '80s. This S & W Performance Center 41 Mag with match grade slab barrel and 2 X scope with see through rings is my go to PA white tail getter.
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    This was one my hunter hunting revolvers a Smith 629 2E Hunter
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    I have hunted Elk with a revolver, in the beginning I used a 454 made by Freedom Arms but started using the Smith 500 Mag when they first came out, with my heavy hand loading of a 500 plus grain hard cast bullet it's a proven Elk taker.
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    The oracle is in. Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill!!

  7. #17
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    Allentown, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Opening day will have my and my Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter (44mag) topped with an UltraDot Match Dot in my favorite spot waiting for an unlucky buck to walk by.

    I am pushing a 300gr XTP over a healthy dose of 2400

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    What’s with the slippers dude? Nice going PAwhitetailbowhunter. Love the DW six shooter. Gotta put this in the harvest thread.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Quote Originally Posted by PAwhitetailbowhunter View Post
    I hunt barefoot. Easier to sneak up on deer. HA!!! I got cleaned up before the photo so it wasn't all bloody and just took off my boots so I put on flip flops. Sweet look huh?
    Did your wife like the flip flop look or is that your good buddy taking the pictures?

  10. #20
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    Brookville, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Quote Originally Posted by R L Suehr View Post
    Kinda off topic, but how do you like the Virginian? I've got one waiting for me at LGS as soon as I can get in to pick it up. I was kinda worried about shooting full house mags through it and was just gonna stick to .44 special velocity stuff. Seems like a decently built gun for what it is though.
    Sorry, just saw this reply..

    I like it a lot. I have the Silhouette model with 10.5" barrel. The Alexandria Virginia made Virginian Dragoons are beefier than Ruger Blackhawks and can handle full/spec .44mag loads*.

    The drawback is that they aren't made anymore, not since the mid 1980's, and replacement parts are thinning out. Another drawback is the alignment pin in the gripframe.. ...where it is positioned causes wooden or weaker grips to break.


    *Original spec for 44mag is 240gr @ 1350 or 1450 FPS(depending on source) measured from 6" barrel.
    RIP: SFN, 1861, twoeggsup, Lambo, jamesjo, JayBell, 32 Magnum, Pro2A, mrwildroot, dregan, Frenchy, Fragger, ungawa, Mtn Jack, Grapeshot.

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