Anybody hunted with .40 S&W??


March 24, 2009, 04:15 PM
i was just wonderin if anybody has had success hunting with a .40 S&W, particularly on small hogs (20-80lbs) and deer. I already have a .357 Mag and it works pretty good if i do my part. Im tryin to decide what handgun to get next. it's a tossup between either a Glock 22 and a Ruger Redhawk. let me know what yall think


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March 24, 2009, 04:45 PM
A .40 would probably be ok on smaller pigs and smallish deer, but the redhawk would be a HUGELY better platform for a handgun that may be used to hunt. In my opinion, the G22 platform is much better suited for defensive situatuation. Now a model 20 with adjustable sights would be a whole different story. I'm partial to bigger calibers in wheel guns because you'll second guess yourself a whole lot less when you are hunting with a 44 mag or 45 colt. That and I can shoot a pie plate at 75 yd with a .44 mag pretty easily, i'd be hard pressed to do that with a model 22.

March 24, 2009, 05:13 PM
why would you reccomend the 10mm Glock?

March 24, 2009, 05:40 PM
IIRC, someone on here took a hog with a G20.

March 24, 2009, 07:01 PM
camoman, the 10mm can is capable of some very impressive velocities (from an everyday autoloader)look at some of the double tap offerings, 180 gr pills at 1330 fps! 200 grainers at 1250, that'll do the trick. I'd still vote for the Redhawk in 44 mag or 45 colt over any auto for hunting.

March 24, 2009, 07:16 PM
I'd use the 10 if it had the accuracy. .40, not so much. I'd do okay under 50 yards on small hogs like that, but would be a rainbow at 75 yards or beyond. Give me the Redhawk in .44 mag and I'd be a lot happier. Then, I wouldn't have a problem on a 200 lber.

March 24, 2009, 11:28 PM
The .40 isn't too much different from the 9MM. I carry a .40 in the woods in black bear country and just hope that 16+1 is enough.

I'm planning to purchase an EAA Witness Elite Match in 10MM which will replace the .40 in this role. The 10MM can be loaded to .357 magnum levels and, with the right bullet/powder can approach .41 magnum energy. The Witness Elite Match has a 15+1 round capacity.

Many consider the 10MM as the lowest semi auto pistol round that is adequate for hunting.

Big Daddy Grim
March 24, 2009, 11:30 PM
I took a boar with a 10mm my Dan Wesson damn thing was at the base of a little nole and I am to damn big to climb a tree. We were hunting them but not at night while trying to pee.

March 26, 2009, 12:25 AM
Killed a coyote at 37 yds with my glock 35 180g gold dot through the front shoulders. Combo of dummest coyote ever and lucky shot from the drivers seat of my ranger. I ranged the truck from where the dog was laying just for kicks. Its funny how diffrent the hole is from a 180g .40cal compared to a 180g 30cal 300wm. The forty almost seems to "nice''. I would have rather had my .44 blackhawk.

March 26, 2009, 12:40 AM
I put down a tough buck with a 155-grain XTP from a Glock 23 at about 25 meters. CNS shot, just underneath the jaw. Instant fold.

I'd be okay with shooting a very close deer with sturdy .40, but would much prefer a much heavier bullet (.41, .429, or .45) or a rifle.


March 26, 2009, 01:47 AM
.40 S&W is very popular for javelina (30-60lbs) hunting here, in fact it is more than enough.

March 27, 2009, 04:23 PM
For grouse, yes. Anything bigger calls for the G20 or .44 Blackhawk.

March 28, 2009, 01:37 PM
Anybody hunted with .40 S&W??



March 31, 2009, 10:31 AM
I saw a video on YouTube where a guy was using a Hi-Point Carbine to hunt coyotes. Don't know if it was a 9mm or .40 but it got the job done.

April 12, 2009, 09:33 PM
I've shot a few pigs under 100lbs with my springfield .40, but it was only because I was carrying it, and took an opportunistic shot. I wouldn't call it a "hunting pistol"

April 22, 2009, 03:07 PM
.40 Smith and Wesson works on deer and hogs, I wouldn't say it was ideal. For instance, if my car broke down on highway to no where, I could put some meat in the bag with a 9mm or .40. If I was out hunting and particularly had a good rig for the g22 I would carry it as a sidearm. But as a primary hunting round, it just doesn't impress me.

Yes, when PRESSED into service it would work, BUT...

The Redhawk in 44 mag is just an ORDER above the .40 smith. 10mm is kind of like a .357 with a slightly larger bullet, so between a .357 and 41 magnum.

April 22, 2009, 03:17 PM
Check you state game laws first.

The .40 S&W is not legal for hunting game animals in some states.

Like Kansas for instance.


April 22, 2009, 04:15 PM
down here in FL everything, except for rimfire, is okay to use for deer. On hogs, you can use anything you want.

April 22, 2009, 04:19 PM
i say glock 20 as well for 2009 they introduced a 20sf of small frame but you can get a 6 inch barrel to further increase velocity

Cpt. America
April 23, 2009, 04:00 AM
I would not plan on hunting with a .40 S&W. If you plan on hunting small hogs you may also want to plan on ticking off momma pig to and she's gonna laugh that .40 off while she's tusk'n you up. I wouldn't even carry a .40 for a backup against hogs let alone attempt to hunt them with it. I carry a .357 mag Taurus 66 with a 6" Barrel loaded with Hornady Leverlution for a backup. Get the Ruger and don't think twice. The .40 was made for self defense not hunting.

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