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Post by Caleb C on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:23 pm

Well, I'm at it again. I still can't shake the itch to kill a deer with a handgun. After much brain storming I always seem to come to the conclusion that a TC Encore pistol would be the best tool for the job. It's very versatile. My question is: What would be the best caliber / barrel length and why? I'd like to be able to make 200 yard shots but will settle for less if necessary. Recoil is of slight concern. I'm not really recoil sensitive but I don't want to be sore after a few rounds either. Ammo price isn't a big deal because I'd be hand loading for it anyway. I'd like to stick to flat-shooting rifle calibers (100 gr +) that would still carry enough momentum to the target to get the job done but I'm open to other suggestions.

Most calibers have drastic changes to trajectory and velocity when you rob 10 or so inches of barrel length. What caliber would still be predictable and effective when fired from a handgun?

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Post by Caleb C on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:44 pm

On a side note, I found this website: matchgrademachine.com. They offer Encore barrels in every caliber under the sun.

......45-120 Sharps, perhaps? : )

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Post by ree_countrygirl on Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:46 pm

never shot an encore but i love my ruger and its a .44 mag and i havent had any complaints for hunting

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Post by msredneck on Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:51 pm

So you wanna shoot an encore pistol...but with Rifle cartridges/barrels

If I were doing that...I'd give the 7mm-08 a whirl

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Post by Beladran on Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:24 pm

Man forget all that lol you need a 375jdj... that round was designed to do exactly what you want

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Post by Caleb C on Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:40 pm

375jdj ? ....... I don't know man. How bad is the recoil on that thing? A caliber that is considered large enough to drop literally any animal that walks may be too much for whitetail.

I've been thinking more along the lines of 7-08, 308, 243, and 25-06. Still I'd be lying if I said the thought of a 375 jdj didn't sound pretty cool

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Post by GunOneDown on Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:52 pm

The S&W460 is what I'd have, o I do , it is capable of taking elk at 200 if u do your part plus u get 5 chances. Now the biggest plus, it's a 3 caliber gun. .460S&W, 454Casull, & 45 Long Colt.
They are awesome.

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Post by msredneck on Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:56 pm

I thought we had established already that it was gonna be a TC Encore....

G1D's 460 is bad ass

Personally I think a 200 yard shot on a deer with a handgun is a bit much to ask...

Yeah I know you CAN do it...

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Post by 22lrfan on Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:09 pm

7mm TCU was designed for knocking down the rams at 200 meters with a TC. Works good in the short barrel and it's easy to load.

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Post by nonnieselman on Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:25 am

I really wanna take a deer with my xd40 this year. For what your wanting, i havent a clue. I think a 7-08 would do it. But for that matter any of those listed would work. I like the 44mag.

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Post by Xd357 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:01 am

I think is kinda takes away from killing a deer with a rifle cal pistol. If your going to do it then use a pistol cal.

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Post by deerhunter86 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:08 am

I have a encore in 708. Its Awsome . I practice with a 223 barrel . Off Sand bags using the 223 I can shoot a pie plate 4 out of 5 times with cheap surplus ammo. The 708 barrel shoots clover leaf groups at 100 yards . I cheat tho I have a 3x12 power Burris scope on it and detachable rings so I can switch it between barrels . Im wanting a big wheel gun tho

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Post by 3spop on Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:29 am

41 mag!

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Post by miker84 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:55 am

Xd357 wrote:I think is kinda takes away from killing a deer with a rifle cal pistol. If your going to do it then use a pistol cal.

That's what I'm talking about. thumbs up

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Post by Beladran on Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:03 am

Caleb C wrote:375jdj ? ....... I don't know man. How bad is the recoil on that thing? A caliber that is considered large enough to drop literally any animal that walks may be too much for whitetail.

I've been thinking more along the lines of 7-08, 308, 243, and 25-06. Still I'd be lying if I said the thought of a 375 jdj didn't sound pretty cool

i kill deer with it every year, all depends on how you load them and what bullet you pick.. if you have a pistol frame i will mail you my barrel and a box of ammo to try out

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Post by Caleb C on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:34 am

Beladran wrote:
Caleb C wrote:375jdj ? ....... I don't know man. How bad is the recoil on that thing? A caliber that is considered large enough to drop literally any animal that walks may be too much for whitetail.

I've been thinking more along the lines of 7-08, 308, 243, and 25-06. Still I'd be lying if I said the thought of a 375 jdj didn't sound pretty cool

i kill deer with it every year, all depends on how you load them and what bullet you pick.. if you have a pistol frame i will mail you my barrel and a box of ammo to try out

Thanks for the offer. It's very much appreciated. I haven't got a pistol frame yet. The committee (my wife) has to vote on my "toy" purchases now. Gun funds aren't looking too good at the moment but I may end up trading into one or finding a good used frame somewhere.

If any of ya'll run across somebody wanting to get rid of one let me know.

Do you have any trouble forming the 375 JDJ brass? I've never tried to neck down any brass.

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Post by GunOneDown on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:37 am

CalebC, u better jump on that offer from Beledran. That is a most generous offer that can't be turned down.

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Post by Beladran on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:51 am

brass is super easy to make. just run a 444marlin case in the sizer and presto!

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Re: best caliber for taking deer with a handgun?

Post by Caleb C on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:51 am

GunOneDown wrote:CalebC, u better jump on that offer from Beledran. That is a most generous offer that can't be turned down.

As soon as I can come up with a pistol frame I will. Just hope it doesn't take too long. The closer we get to deer season the less folks will be willing to part with their hunting stuff even if it is temporary.

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Post by Joe S. on Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:23 pm

MOA maximum. sweet! 308 winchester... Smile

otherwise, i like my 44 mag SBH bisley hunter

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