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Field & Stream Picks the 25 Best Handguns for Hunters

Field & Stream Picks the 25 Best Handguns for Hunters

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

A real nice collection of fine hunting pistols. I was glad to see the Ruger Redhawk and the Kimber in here. I've been real happy with them.

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from gibr22 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

How about the S&w 500 and the kimber in 10mm.Other than that good list

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from woofbarkenarf wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

While I would like to own one of each, the old Hi standard Model HD military handed down to me will still shoot to impress. I guess it's just not popular enough to appear here.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I like the Raging Bull!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Sure is a good collection of fine hunting pistols. Worst on the market today is the Springfield 45XD models to its line of inaccurate firearms! Glad to see this not being in this lineup!

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from Kansaskid wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I am about to buy a pistol and its really reassuring to see my choices on this list

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from 007 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Great article, thanks! The Super Blackhawk and Contender are my favorites.

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from TJ wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I will have to disagree with you clay about the .45XD being inaccurate. Just don't ask it to do more than a .45ACP out of a 5 inch barrel should.

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from dale freeman wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I had an old friend of mine that shot the S&W K-22.
What a pistol.
Did you forget it, or, didn't thing it belonged.

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from straightshooter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I love my TC Contender. With a 14" .30-.30 barrel, it's perfect for still hunting deer in the timber. In less than a minute, I can swap that barrel for a .22 match target barrel that is so accurate the squirrels might as well just surrender. Never thought that I would be a fan of single shot pistols. But that was before I shot one of these.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I'm pleased to see the .41 Magnum included as a fine hunting cartridge, since it served me well in three handgauns (A S&W Model 57, a Ruger single-action, and a T-C "Contender" with 14-inch barrel that devoured metal plates).
As I browse the gunshops these days, I seem to be afflicted with "sticker shock" when I examine the currently manufactured models of revolvers and autoloaders I appreciated in the past. I agree with Mr. Freeman; I genuinely appreciated the S&W K-22 and K-38, but made the mistake of selling both, only to repurchase a K-38 several years later (see profile). I might have added the High Standard autoloaders or the S&W Model 41 or 46 to this list, but (with the exception of the .45-70 hand cannon) I'd be delighted to own any of those pictured!

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from TJ wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Anyone else here have a savage striker and think it should be on the list, and what about the .460 Smith & Wesson

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from jbird wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I'm w/ Edward J Palumbo, any "best-of" list for hunting handguns has to include the .41 Mag. Great power, very little recoil w/ a long barrel. Very accurate.

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from MLH wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Covered most of my favorites. Surprised the Dan Wesson revolver and Savage Striker weren't included. Also surprised at a couple that were.

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from Mactrager wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Finally some good press for the .41, thanks to jbird and edward for posting as well. The .44 is nothing but a marketing ploy when you look at it, really a .42 and does not have the ballistics that the .41 has.

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from dasmith wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

How about High Standard .22 pistols, both autoloaders like the Supermatic and revolvers like the Sentinel (kit gun) and the plain old S&W model 29 .44 magnum. Then there's the S&W Combat Magnum model 19/66 .357 magnum in a .38 size package. All old classics.

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from tundrabasser wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I expected to see the 500 smith and wesson performance center or the 460. i Love my 500S&W performance center and in the 100 yard range i trust it to drop any thing i could encounter, not to mention with the muzzlebreak its fun to shoot. Maybe next time it will make it on the list.

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have been looking at a BFR in 454, or I would not mind a 500 Linbaugh.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

If your carrying a T/C, and a shooting stick you might as well be hunting with a rifle, you might hit something. My buckmark camper is loaded with ratshot which is almost as effective as a digging hoe on snakes.

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from TuckersDad wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Good list, but so many excellent handguns were left out. The S&W 686 for one, and I can think of many others. As one reader commented above, he is going to use this list as a buyer's guide. Being only a very small sampling of the many excellent handguns out there, using this list alone will eliminate some of the very best guns available from his choices.

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from mikeclow85 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Can't wait till my next handgun. Great list. Love the .22s.

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from Sundoggery wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I used to have this gun - and it was arguably the better handgun I've ever owned... I actually miss it still.

One shot to kill an animal just over 150 lbs., if that. - hmmm and at the height of, say at the maybe 50 feet..?- with a .357..?? - treed and panicked,I assume by hunting dogs and/or men for it's distraction - and all this with revolver built for distant shooting..! Wow! With a single shot, even?... Golly! How sporting!

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from rldalponte wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

The Colt woodsman is a true classic . the workmanship is top notch and not equaled in any gun made today except for the Smith and wesson model 41 if you can afford one. The woodsman fits your hand like a Luger and points so natural its like an extension of your own body part ! A true pleasure to shoot and collect.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I have a Buckmark, Ruger Mark I abd S&W 63, love all of them also have 1911A1, S&W 686+,Walther PPK in 80, Ruger SP 101 thee wife gives me the "Look" when I bring homa another one :(

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

PPK in 380*

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from Tanner D. wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

What a great collection of guns. The Ruger Bearcat .22LR looks really nice and Ruger makes a good .22.

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from WyoTom wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

To Sundoggery, from 2 days, 16 hours ago:

You wrote (about my taking a mountain lion with one shot from my .357 Highway Patrolman):

"One shot to kill an animal just over 150 lbs., if that. - hmmm and at the height of, say at the maybe 50 feet..?- with a .357..?? - treed and panicked,I assume by hunting dogs and/or men for it's distraction - and all this with revolver built for distant shooting..! Wow! With a single shot, even?... Golly! How sporting!"

One detects what I believe is referred to as "sarcasm" here. So let's see, yes, a 150 lbs. carnivore capable of killing a bull elk; treed about thirty feet straight overhead; panicked? from the look in his eyes, I would have said not; quickly fading winter light; Partridge iron sights; bayiny dogs; bad footing on a snowy slope; nowhere to go after pulling the trigger and the lion falling straight down; one-shot kill--sporting? Golly, I certainly thought so. And guess what? Lion is very good eating, in case you ever try hunting one.

Yours,
Tom McIntyre

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from jdrabe wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

hey sundoggery dude, how did you guess? my varmint was about 150 and I used a 357 too. no dogs or trees unfortunatley but did have a weird look in its eyes which definitly turned to fear. it had an aluminium baseball bat at a distance of about 8' when it stepped out of the bushes. I drew but couldn't get a clean shot as it ran out into traffic. Oh well, a 3/4 ton brought it down. Hows that? One poor little cuddley dead varmint with no shots fired. Like that one guys?

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from procarryusa wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I think you missed the best ones out there. The Smith & Wesson 460 is great to 250 yards and the S&W 500 is the most enjoyable bear defense gun to shoot.

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from the hunter wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I wouldn't mind owning a few of these pistols.

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from Bella wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Gee the T/C contender made it in twice!

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from Steve Marlin wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I don't own one - but half expected to see a 10mm Glock on here, given that Uncle Ted loves his.

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from PA_Hunter wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I was a little disapointed that the S&W X-Frames didn't make the list. The .460 is an awesome handgun hunting round but must be too new for the editor to include.

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from Medius wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I am a big fan of the Ruger 22 Charger. I was reading an article about one of these being modified, well rebuil from the ground up, and when fired with its favorite ammunition it was basically a concealable sniper rifle. It was pretty sweet.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

It looks to be a s&w new gun book?

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from billyr wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Great survey with some great pistols but where was the venrable colt python. It's one of the best ever made , I carried one for a lot of years and still do.

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from Snide61 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Is the .22LR really that useful that it counts for 18/25 of the Best Hunting Handguns?

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from guyandarifle wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

While I absolutely understand the author wanting to include the Freedom Arms and Linebaugh revolvers, being the great examples of pistol-craft that they are, we're still talking semi-custom (the FA) and full custom pieces here which are priced accordingly. In light of this the omission of the S&W X-Frame does seem a bit glaring, especially considering the .460 and .500 S&W shading both the .454 and .500 W.E. This is somewhat mitigated by the inclusion of the BFR which is available in both calibers. Still, one would think any of the armada of .22's on the list could have been dropped in favor of S&W's big X. Enjoyable list nonetheless.

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from J R Leach wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Two favorite guns for almost 40 years.
#1- My 4" Built Mod. 66-target trigger,hammer, and sight insert. Was my duty firearm and has been my CCW for the past 35 yrs. Used to train others, and with well over 500K rounds through it, it still keeps 1 inch groups at 50 yards. Two bears, 17 hogs, and 11 deer, it is still the handgun I count on every day/
#2- Thompson Contender-Own 12 of these complete handguns and love each and everyone of them the same. Favorite is my .308 cal. Bullberry w/Burris 2.5X7 scope, and next is my T/C 14" with T/C 2X scope. The .308 will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds. and thee .223 will keep under 1.5 inches at 200.
Have shot and currently own well over 200 hand guns, yet these two models are my favorites. Colts, Rugers, and many of the early 50-60-70's Smith & Wesson are in collection, but still the most fun to shoot are my 66 and T/C's.

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from RylieGipson wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

3,7,8,12,16,19, I would like to own.RHG

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

A .357 is a great pistol for deer.

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from dmm66 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

The Ruger Charger looks awsome!! and fun to shoot.

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from MT_man wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I've taken deer and other critters with 22's, 357/38's, and the 44 mag. I just want to mention 2 of my favorite cartridges that are missing from your gallery. The 22 mag, which is good for larger small game and does not tear it up when properly placed, and the 45 Colt, which will take anything up to elk without the wrist wrecking recoil of the large magnums.
Take your pick of Ruger or S&W and learn to use them well, you'll not be disappointed!

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from Timmy12 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

I love kimbers they are one of my favorite fine pistol brands.

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from chrishinson1971 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

these are some fine looking pistols some very interesting .

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from opportunity2011 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

These are all good type of pistols... but I always like a 45 caliber pistol...so powerful and very easy to carry...

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from darksoldierscadamia wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

absolute best of the best.... but you left one out... the H&R 949 being chambered in 22lr is also worth the little bit of money paid for it. i own one and have shot everything from rabbits to gopers.. a few snakes and also some unruly feral cats. This handgun has unutterable accuracy in the right hands and can be counted on in the worst climates ( i have been shooting in a blizard and in the middle of one of the worst rainy seasons in ga history). again... great collection but the 949 should really be up there... and as far as the colt woodsman goes... i am still trying to get the money to buy one..

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

WHY so many .22's?

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from jeepsMN wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

Come on no Magnum Research BFR 500S&W???? This will take any game in the world, with 265gr to 700gr bullets. Better and stronger than the Smith, and will take any length bullet made for 500S&W with its long cylinder!!!

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Nice group but I would call most of them cut down rifles, but you missed two of my favorites 1st Colt Python a gun that can't miss and a S&W 460. You can hunt anything from Polar Bears to Sarah Conner!!!!

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from manshooter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

"#2- Thompson Contender-Own 12 of these complete handguns and love each and everyone of them the same. Favorite is my .308 cal. Bullberry The .308 will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds."
I have never been able to find a TC Contender bbl in .308 Winchester because I am told that the receiver can not withstand the pressure. Can you tell me who you contacted at bullberry to have this bbl made for your contender sir? I would like to have one made for one of my frames if they actually do produce this bbl for the contender.
I know they make it for the Encore, but again I have never seen one for the Contender.
Thanks,
manshooter

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from Elarzee wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I don't understand the .22s, unless you're just going for squirrel or just target shooting/plinking. I take a .44 magnum 6-shot, 8+ inch barrel Taurus with a matching red dot (holographic)silver scope in a bandolier-type holster with me. So you can see I favor the Raging Bull. I bought my gun in a gun show here in Tulsa, OK, already equipped with the scope, minus the holster, but at a very good price. I was actually looking for a .480 Raging Bull but I couldn't resist the .44 when I saw it. It looked so macho. Someday I will still get my Raging Bull and I will equip it the same way.

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from Noveske wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Really? All of those .22lr guns, and not a single Colt revolver made the list?

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from GLOCK10MM wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

What happen to the glock 10mm thats the gun Ted Nugent wont go hunting without and me.DEO VINDICE

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from ArcticSniper338 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I'm suprised that the S&W 686 and/or the Ruger GP 100 aren't included in the list. Both, in my experience, are very good and reliable handguns and the .357 magnum is my favorite handgun round.

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from DR505 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Great list with some surprises. A lot of .22's are in the list. I too was glad to see the .41 magnum...what a great cartridge and a S&W revolver is the perfect vehicle for it.

BTW - What is a "Partridge" front sight? I thought they were Patridge front sights.

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from kinney19@comcast.net wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Missed my two favorites: The model #29 Smith and Wesson and the .357 Magnum Colt Python, never a finer revolver maid than the Python. How anout the new Smith and Wesson .460 Magnum? Just a few goodies in my estimation.

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from John Boyd wrote 16 weeks 3 days ago

There are a lot of similar weapons being discussed
here. Most of us have our favorite handguns to go along with our favorite ammo loads.
Thanks to You All for being so forthcoming.
The text has been very enlightening.
I think that we all benefit from each other's experiences, no matter how diverse.
Thanks - Y'all for Commenting.

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from thjean wrote 16 weeks 3 days ago

Well as a carry gun... I am in love with my glock 26, Blackhawk serpa holster and laserlyte rear sight... Love my pretty guns but this one make's my heart beat a little better.... Just in love with it....

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from TJ wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I will have to disagree with you clay about the .45XD being inaccurate. Just don't ask it to do more than a .45ACP out of a 5 inch barrel should.

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from straightshooter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I love my TC Contender. With a 14" .30-.30 barrel, it's perfect for still hunting deer in the timber. In less than a minute, I can swap that barrel for a .22 match target barrel that is so accurate the squirrels might as well just surrender. Never thought that I would be a fan of single shot pistols. But that was before I shot one of these.

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from dale freeman wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I had an old friend of mine that shot the S&W K-22.
What a pistol.
Did you forget it, or, didn't thing it belonged.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I'm pleased to see the .41 Magnum included as a fine hunting cartridge, since it served me well in three handgauns (A S&W Model 57, a Ruger single-action, and a T-C "Contender" with 14-inch barrel that devoured metal plates).
As I browse the gunshops these days, I seem to be afflicted with "sticker shock" when I examine the currently manufactured models of revolvers and autoloaders I appreciated in the past. I agree with Mr. Freeman; I genuinely appreciated the S&W K-22 and K-38, but made the mistake of selling both, only to repurchase a K-38 several years later (see profile). I might have added the High Standard autoloaders or the S&W Model 41 or 46 to this list, but (with the exception of the .45-70 hand cannon) I'd be delighted to own any of those pictured!

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from jbird wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I'm w/ Edward J Palumbo, any "best-of" list for hunting handguns has to include the .41 Mag. Great power, very little recoil w/ a long barrel. Very accurate.

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from dasmith wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

How about High Standard .22 pistols, both autoloaders like the Supermatic and revolvers like the Sentinel (kit gun) and the plain old S&W model 29 .44 magnum. Then there's the S&W Combat Magnum model 19/66 .357 magnum in a .38 size package. All old classics.

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from WyoTom wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

To Sundoggery, from 2 days, 16 hours ago:

You wrote (about my taking a mountain lion with one shot from my .357 Highway Patrolman):

"One shot to kill an animal just over 150 lbs., if that. - hmmm and at the height of, say at the maybe 50 feet..?- with a .357..?? - treed and panicked,I assume by hunting dogs and/or men for it's distraction - and all this with revolver built for distant shooting..! Wow! With a single shot, even?... Golly! How sporting!"

One detects what I believe is referred to as "sarcasm" here. So let's see, yes, a 150 lbs. carnivore capable of killing a bull elk; treed about thirty feet straight overhead; panicked? from the look in his eyes, I would have said not; quickly fading winter light; Partridge iron sights; bayiny dogs; bad footing on a snowy slope; nowhere to go after pulling the trigger and the lion falling straight down; one-shot kill--sporting? Golly, I certainly thought so. And guess what? Lion is very good eating, in case you ever try hunting one.

Yours,
Tom McIntyre

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

A real nice collection of fine hunting pistols. I was glad to see the Ruger Redhawk and the Kimber in here. I've been real happy with them.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I like the Raging Bull!

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from woofbarkenarf wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

While I would like to own one of each, the old Hi standard Model HD military handed down to me will still shoot to impress. I guess it's just not popular enough to appear here.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Great article, thanks! The Super Blackhawk and Contender are my favorites.

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from MLH wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Covered most of my favorites. Surprised the Dan Wesson revolver and Savage Striker weren't included. Also surprised at a couple that were.

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from Mactrager wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Finally some good press for the .41, thanks to jbird and edward for posting as well. The .44 is nothing but a marketing ploy when you look at it, really a .42 and does not have the ballistics that the .41 has.

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from tundrabasser wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I expected to see the 500 smith and wesson performance center or the 460. i Love my 500S&W performance center and in the 100 yard range i trust it to drop any thing i could encounter, not to mention with the muzzlebreak its fun to shoot. Maybe next time it will make it on the list.

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from jdrabe wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

hey sundoggery dude, how did you guess? my varmint was about 150 and I used a 357 too. no dogs or trees unfortunatley but did have a weird look in its eyes which definitly turned to fear. it had an aluminium baseball bat at a distance of about 8' when it stepped out of the bushes. I drew but couldn't get a clean shot as it ran out into traffic. Oh well, a 3/4 ton brought it down. Hows that? One poor little cuddley dead varmint with no shots fired. Like that one guys?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Sure is a good collection of fine hunting pistols. Worst on the market today is the Springfield 45XD models to its line of inaccurate firearms! Glad to see this not being in this lineup!

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from Kansaskid wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I am about to buy a pistol and its really reassuring to see my choices on this list

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from TJ wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Anyone else here have a savage striker and think it should be on the list, and what about the .460 Smith & Wesson

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I have been looking at a BFR in 454, or I would not mind a 500 Linbaugh.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

If your carrying a T/C, and a shooting stick you might as well be hunting with a rifle, you might hit something. My buckmark camper is loaded with ratshot which is almost as effective as a digging hoe on snakes.

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from mikeclow85 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Can't wait till my next handgun. Great list. Love the .22s.

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from rldalponte wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

The Colt woodsman is a true classic . the workmanship is top notch and not equaled in any gun made today except for the Smith and wesson model 41 if you can afford one. The woodsman fits your hand like a Luger and points so natural its like an extension of your own body part ! A true pleasure to shoot and collect.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I have a Buckmark, Ruger Mark I abd S&W 63, love all of them also have 1911A1, S&W 686+,Walther PPK in 80, Ruger SP 101 thee wife gives me the "Look" when I bring homa another one :(

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

PPK in 380*

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from PA_Hunter wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I was a little disapointed that the S&W X-Frames didn't make the list. The .460 is an awesome handgun hunting round but must be too new for the editor to include.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

It looks to be a s&w new gun book?

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from billyr wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Great survey with some great pistols but where was the venrable colt python. It's one of the best ever made , I carried one for a lot of years and still do.

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from Snide61 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Is the .22LR really that useful that it counts for 18/25 of the Best Hunting Handguns?

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from guyandarifle wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

While I absolutely understand the author wanting to include the Freedom Arms and Linebaugh revolvers, being the great examples of pistol-craft that they are, we're still talking semi-custom (the FA) and full custom pieces here which are priced accordingly. In light of this the omission of the S&W X-Frame does seem a bit glaring, especially considering the .460 and .500 S&W shading both the .454 and .500 W.E. This is somewhat mitigated by the inclusion of the BFR which is available in both calibers. Still, one would think any of the armada of .22's on the list could have been dropped in favor of S&W's big X. Enjoyable list nonetheless.

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from dmm66 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

The Ruger Charger looks awsome!! and fun to shoot.

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from Timmy12 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

I love kimbers they are one of my favorite fine pistol brands.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Nice group but I would call most of them cut down rifles, but you missed two of my favorites 1st Colt Python a gun that can't miss and a S&W 460. You can hunt anything from Polar Bears to Sarah Conner!!!!

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from gibr22 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

How about the S&w 500 and the kimber in 10mm.Other than that good list

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from TuckersDad wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Good list, but so many excellent handguns were left out. The S&W 686 for one, and I can think of many others. As one reader commented above, he is going to use this list as a buyer's guide. Being only a very small sampling of the many excellent handguns out there, using this list alone will eliminate some of the very best guns available from his choices.

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from Tanner D. wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

What a great collection of guns. The Ruger Bearcat .22LR looks really nice and Ruger makes a good .22.

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from procarryusa wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I think you missed the best ones out there. The Smith & Wesson 460 is great to 250 yards and the S&W 500 is the most enjoyable bear defense gun to shoot.

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from the hunter wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I wouldn't mind owning a few of these pistols.

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from Bella wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Gee the T/C contender made it in twice!

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from Steve Marlin wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I don't own one - but half expected to see a 10mm Glock on here, given that Uncle Ted loves his.

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from Medius wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I am a big fan of the Ruger 22 Charger. I was reading an article about one of these being modified, well rebuil from the ground up, and when fired with its favorite ammunition it was basically a concealable sniper rifle. It was pretty sweet.

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from J R Leach wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Two favorite guns for almost 40 years.
#1- My 4" Built Mod. 66-target trigger,hammer, and sight insert. Was my duty firearm and has been my CCW for the past 35 yrs. Used to train others, and with well over 500K rounds through it, it still keeps 1 inch groups at 50 yards. Two bears, 17 hogs, and 11 deer, it is still the handgun I count on every day/
#2- Thompson Contender-Own 12 of these complete handguns and love each and everyone of them the same. Favorite is my .308 cal. Bullberry w/Burris 2.5X7 scope, and next is my T/C 14" with T/C 2X scope. The .308 will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds. and thee .223 will keep under 1.5 inches at 200.
Have shot and currently own well over 200 hand guns, yet these two models are my favorites. Colts, Rugers, and many of the early 50-60-70's Smith & Wesson are in collection, but still the most fun to shoot are my 66 and T/C's.

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from RylieGipson wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

3,7,8,12,16,19, I would like to own.RHG

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

A .357 is a great pistol for deer.

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from MT_man wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I've taken deer and other critters with 22's, 357/38's, and the 44 mag. I just want to mention 2 of my favorite cartridges that are missing from your gallery. The 22 mag, which is good for larger small game and does not tear it up when properly placed, and the 45 Colt, which will take anything up to elk without the wrist wrecking recoil of the large magnums.
Take your pick of Ruger or S&W and learn to use them well, you'll not be disappointed!

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from darksoldierscadamia wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

absolute best of the best.... but you left one out... the H&R 949 being chambered in 22lr is also worth the little bit of money paid for it. i own one and have shot everything from rabbits to gopers.. a few snakes and also some unruly feral cats. This handgun has unutterable accuracy in the right hands and can be counted on in the worst climates ( i have been shooting in a blizard and in the middle of one of the worst rainy seasons in ga history). again... great collection but the 949 should really be up there... and as far as the colt woodsman goes... i am still trying to get the money to buy one..

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

WHY so many .22's?

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from jeepsMN wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

Come on no Magnum Research BFR 500S&W???? This will take any game in the world, with 265gr to 700gr bullets. Better and stronger than the Smith, and will take any length bullet made for 500S&W with its long cylinder!!!

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from manshooter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

"#2- Thompson Contender-Own 12 of these complete handguns and love each and everyone of them the same. Favorite is my .308 cal. Bullberry The .308 will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds."
I have never been able to find a TC Contender bbl in .308 Winchester because I am told that the receiver can not withstand the pressure. Can you tell me who you contacted at bullberry to have this bbl made for your contender sir? I would like to have one made for one of my frames if they actually do produce this bbl for the contender.
I know they make it for the Encore, but again I have never seen one for the Contender.
Thanks,
manshooter

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from Elarzee wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I don't understand the .22s, unless you're just going for squirrel or just target shooting/plinking. I take a .44 magnum 6-shot, 8+ inch barrel Taurus with a matching red dot (holographic)silver scope in a bandolier-type holster with me. So you can see I favor the Raging Bull. I bought my gun in a gun show here in Tulsa, OK, already equipped with the scope, minus the holster, but at a very good price. I was actually looking for a .480 Raging Bull but I couldn't resist the .44 when I saw it. It looked so macho. Someday I will still get my Raging Bull and I will equip it the same way.

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from Noveske wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Really? All of those .22lr guns, and not a single Colt revolver made the list?

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from GLOCK10MM wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

What happen to the glock 10mm thats the gun Ted Nugent wont go hunting without and me.DEO VINDICE

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from ArcticSniper338 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I'm suprised that the S&W 686 and/or the Ruger GP 100 aren't included in the list. Both, in my experience, are very good and reliable handguns and the .357 magnum is my favorite handgun round.

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from DR505 wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Great list with some surprises. A lot of .22's are in the list. I too was glad to see the .41 magnum...what a great cartridge and a S&W revolver is the perfect vehicle for it.

BTW - What is a "Partridge" front sight? I thought they were Patridge front sights.

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from kinney19@comcast.net wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Missed my two favorites: The model #29 Smith and Wesson and the .357 Magnum Colt Python, never a finer revolver maid than the Python. How anout the new Smith and Wesson .460 Magnum? Just a few goodies in my estimation.

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from John Boyd wrote 16 weeks 3 days ago

There are a lot of similar weapons being discussed
here. Most of us have our favorite handguns to go along with our favorite ammo loads.
Thanks to You All for being so forthcoming.
The text has been very enlightening.
I think that we all benefit from each other's experiences, no matter how diverse.
Thanks - Y'all for Commenting.

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from thjean wrote 16 weeks 3 days ago

Well as a carry gun... I am in love with my glock 26, Blackhawk serpa holster and laserlyte rear sight... Love my pretty guns but this one make's my heart beat a little better.... Just in love with it....

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from chrishinson1971 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

these are some fine looking pistols some very interesting .

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from opportunity2011 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

These are all good type of pistols... but I always like a 45 caliber pistol...so powerful and very easy to carry...

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from Sundoggery wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I used to have this gun - and it was arguably the better handgun I've ever owned... I actually miss it still.

One shot to kill an animal just over 150 lbs., if that. - hmmm and at the height of, say at the maybe 50 feet..?- with a .357..?? - treed and panicked,I assume by hunting dogs and/or men for it's distraction - and all this with revolver built for distant shooting..! Wow! With a single shot, even?... Golly! How sporting!

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