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Old December 31, 2019, 21:24   #1
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Redhawk for deer season


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My second deer of the Michigan season, taken with my Ruger Redhawk in .44 mag. My handload using a 265 gr FTX bullet, the deer was shot at 70 yards and verified with a range finder. The other two deer were taken with .450BM.
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Old December 31, 2019, 21:27   #2
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Well done, especially at 70yards. Well done.
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Old January 01, 2020, 01:22   #3
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Iron sights at 70 yards is impressive!
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Old January 01, 2020, 15:25   #4
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Good shooting and congrats.

Say, don't they grow any with horns on them back there?
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Old January 01, 2020, 17:12   #5
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Sure, we have the kind with antlers, but they are the elusive unobtanium type. They hide and let the other gender take the hits The guy on the left did get a small 6 point in another orchard earlier in the season, a lot of leg work going thru the rows.
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Old January 01, 2020, 18:03   #6
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Sure, we have the kind with antlers, but they are the elusive unobtanium type. They hide and let the other gender take the hits The guy on the left did get a small 6 point in another orchard earlier in the season, a lot of leg work going thru the rows.
I look at those deer and all I can see is backstrap, biscuits and gravey.
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Old January 01, 2020, 22:09   #7
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Congrats! Michigan deer are tough. Not a lot of farm land like states just south of you.
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Old January 02, 2020, 19:06   #8
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Well I'm originally from Illinois, so I know about the farmland and endless corn . Did not hunt deer at that time though, grew up with small game. A lot of "state land" up here, gotta look out for the "army of orange" All trying to get the one deer in that area, sounds like a small war. I've got the dibbs on helping with deer control in these apple orchards, gonna have more fun with it next season. Got some other fun guns to try out, my other deer this year was with an STG-58 FAL. The guy next to me in the pic wants to try handgun also, I'll help him out with that.
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Old January 03, 2020, 04:51   #9
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Nice work!
I carried my 1984 357 Redhawk this past deer season but never got the shot I needed.
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Old January 03, 2020, 19:08   #10
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Those .357 Reds are hard to find, I'm still looking. Took me 10 years for a Smith 58 to come my way in .41 mag.
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Old January 03, 2020, 19:32   #11
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Those .357 Reds are hard to find, I'm still looking. Took me 10 years for a Smith 58 to come my way in .41 mag.
I think you mean a Smith 57 An awesome pistol

Back in the mid '80s I lived in Indiana when they started a handgun season. At the time I had both a Smith 29 and a 57, both blue with 8 3/8" barrels. I cannot say for certain if it was the gun or if it was me, but the 41 mag groups I shot were half the size of the 44 mag groups, so I hunted with the 57.

The first year of IN handgun season, I shot the state record deer for a handgun which is still on my wall. Needless to say, by the second year, many more people got into the handgun hunting and knocked my record to the gutter, but I had it for one year

Really I am a Colt guy in my heart however. In the late '80s Colt came out with the Anaconda which is a stainless snake gun in 44 mag. I had to have the Colt. Regardless of how well I could shoot my 57, the Colt became the hunting pistol. I think I have got five or so with it through the years and still occasionally pack it with me, but I am mostly about the stick & string hunting now

ETA: I just Googled and saw the model 58 was not a typo. Again I am not a Smith guy and had never heard of it. Good on ya mate
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Old January 03, 2020, 22:02   #12
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I harvested one with a Super Blackhawk .44 Mag years ago. It is an accomplishment when you are used to all rifle hunting. Back quite a few years ago when PA had a separate doe season, the camp I hunted with had a handgun only rule for the doe season. That was a lot of fun. Hoping to get out more in retirement.

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I bought a 57 no dash last year but it's too pretty to hunt with unless the weather is nice.
I usually take my T/C Contender in 41 magnum.
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Yep, I typed too fast. Nickle 57 in 4" barrel, a fun gun too shoot and load for. Sometimes it's conceal carried when riding the motorcycle.
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Old January 04, 2020, 21:21   #15
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Yep, I typed too fast. Nickle 57 in 4" barrel, a fun gun too shoot and load for. Sometimes it's conceal carried when riding the motorcycle.
Sometimes I carry my old Model 58 if I am feeling especially bad-ass and .357 just won’t do.. I sure would like to gas a tasty fat doe with one of my Redhawks one day. Either the .44 or the .480, that I have never shot.
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Old January 05, 2020, 19:10   #16
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I've carried my Smith-629 with 6" barrel under the vest while riding, actually very comfortable. I use Barsony Holsters for their shoulder rigs in leather, don't break the bank/wallet.
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I grew up reading the writings of Elmer Keith and company. When they were loading stronger 44 specials to magnum velocity pre release of the 44 mag there were confirmed stories of Elmer taking moving deer out past 400 yards with his 44 special loaded with cast Keith bullets and loaded to frame stretching velocity.

I have many 44 mags and the only one I ever sold/traded was a Ruger Redhawk as was a crappy shooter even after sending off for timing, recutting of forcing cone and setting barrel-cylinder gap. Have a Ruger Flat Top will keep till death along with a Colt Anaconda (old school model) and three Dan Wessons. Have one totally complete pistol pac, one missing belt buckle only and another am adding barrels as find the lengths I want. Like the 744 VH models. Ability to set barrel cylinder gap to almost binding for IHMSA and target punching or loosening up for carry or field plus adjust barrel tension to tune harmonics makes them must haves. Also have a Dan Wessons pistol pac in 357 mag. Oops, one more 44 mag I sold was an early model Automag which from shooting was a good move but as a collector pistol a bad move.
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Old January 06, 2020, 04:58   #18
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I'd like to own a nice 4" 58 but not the newer "Classic" version. I have 2 44 flattops, a mint 1959 and a 95% 1961. I have a 1956 357 flattop as well with the 4.625 barrel.
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