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Old June 13th, 2021, 07:54 PM #1
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Handgun Hunting Glock 40 or 44mag revolver?

I need a little help pushing me over the edge of what to buy. As of right now I'm considering a Glock 40 10mm vs Ruger Blackhawk 44 magnum (possibly Redhawk for its DA). I will end up buying both at some point in my life, but I have to choose one for now. This would primarily be for deer hunting, and I have no immediate plans for visiting grizzly country. I may be buying hunting land in WV soon. Both handguns without optics are about $850 and I do not reload at this time.

I would be putting a red dot on the Glock, and scope on the revolver.

Give me some pros and cons. Thanks
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I have both. and love both.
Are you going to use iron sights, or a red dot?
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Go Big or Go Home

I had a bad experience with anything smaller that a 44 Mag. A bud hit a hog and it did not go down. A bear is a total different category I have shot several bears over my life time and the smallest caliber was a 30/06.

A friend in Maine shot a bear 3 times with a 357 mag and he was lucky he was not killed.

I went hog hunting in GA this past spring one shot with my revolver he went down. Last fall I took down a deer at about 50 yards and dropped it in its tracks.

Also it will take care of the zombies, 50 caliber S&W magnum by Magnum research don't leave home with out one.

Also it is a hoot when you open carry.
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I have both. and love both.
Are you going to use iron sights, or a red dot?
I would do a red dot on the glock, but for asthetics, a scope on the revolver.
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10mm is a good option but I would go with the 44. Blackhawk is easier on recoil than the Redhawk due to the SA frame design.

I can shoot strong SA's much, much more than I can the DA designs.
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I need a little help pushing me over the edge of what to buy. As of right now I'm considering a Glock 40 10mm vs Ruger Blackhawk 44 magnum (possibly Redhawk for its DA). I will end up buying both at some point in my life, but I have to choose one for now. This would primarily be for deer hunting, and I have no immediate plans for visiting grizzly country. I may be buying hunting land in WV soon. Both handguns without optics are about $850 and I do not reload at this time.

I would be putting a red dot on the Glock, and scope on the revolver.

Give me some pros and cons. Thanks
Would you consider a P80?

I did a 10mm “Glock” with a 6” barrel. Well under $850. Barrel and slide from Lone Wolf. https://www.lonewolfdist.com/aw-slide20l-g3-oem.
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10mm is a good option but I would go with the 44. Blackhawk is easier on recoil than the Redhawk due to the SA frame design.

I can shoot strong SA's much, much more than I can the DA designs.
As for the Redhawk, I would shoot it as a SA but buy it for the DA if I ever go out west hunting and have to fire off multiple shots to fend off a predator.
Kind of a buy once, cry once philosophy
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Tracking. Try a 44 in a SA frame and one in a DA frame if you haven't. The recoil from a DA is more punishing to most shooters due to the angle of the grip frame.

May give you a nasty flinch pretty quick if you're not used to them.

I know I do NOT like to shoot my Redhawk 44 much with strong loads in it but can plink with a .454 Freedom Arms till my ammo stash is starting to get low.
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A good set of Uncle Mike’s grips, if you can find them, or similar design will help with taming the recoil of a Redhawk revolver. If you think you may need to shoot DA with a Redhawk use the factory mainspring (action spring).

For hunting I would go with the revolver in a 44 Magnum...mainly because I already did years ago. My 7.5” Super Blackhawk is my deer medicine. A set Pachmyers on it are butt ugly but give that single action a DA feel and good recoil management. I would use the Redhawk but Maryland says 5.5” barrels are no-no’s.

After shooting heavy loads in a 10mm 1911 I would still take the revolvers hunting.
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Which one can you find ammo for? Reloading is something you may want to consider in the future even if it's just for one or two calibers with a hand press.
All other things being equal I think I'd have to opt for the .44 first. For accuracy, and power you just can't beat a revolver. A friend owns a Blackhawk Hunter in .44 that he put a Weigand rail on and mounted a Burris Fast Fire red dot on that for a hog hunt.https://www.jackweigand.com/Redhawk_...ey_Hunter.html
That is a great set up for engaging a moving target. I've got iron sights on all my .44s so personally I'll use my 40 for deer.
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