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  1. #11
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    jersey shore, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Handgun hunting for PA Whitatail

    Quote Originally Posted by knight0334 View Post
    I either use my Ruger Vaquero .45Colt with 250gr XTC or "cowboy" soft lead slugs driven around 900 to 1200fps.

    Or my Virginian Dragoon .44mag with 240gr Eagle JHP.


    I have in the past used my former 8" Colt Python with 125gr JHP, and 158gr JHP and JSP. The 125gr slugs made a soup bowl of the heart and lungs above the diaphragm.
    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.

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

    When I hunt with a handgun it’s my S&W 629 8 3/8th Barrel with 225grain gummy tips. Everyone have a great season and stay safe.

  3. #13
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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.

  4. #14
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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.

  5. #15
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    Northern Tier, Pennsylvania
    (McKean County)
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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.

  6. #16
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    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
    (Allegheny County)
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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.
    Guns and plumbing. They don't know what they don't know.

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

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

  8. #18
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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!!

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

    I like that 41 Mag. Always liked the look a an unfluted cylinder. Do you have a go to whitetail getter load for that 41 mag? I am guessing you reload for that fine looking shooter.

  10. #20
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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

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