anyone hunt with a 10mm auto?


October 19, 2013, 04:50 PM
I hunt with .44 mags and .45 colt revolvers and have a few 1911s in .45 for 2 legged vermin. what are the limitations for game as far as 10 mm loads are concerned.

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October 19, 2013, 07:12 PM
Yeah the ole 10mm has a bit of a cult following so yes some folks do hunt with it. Mostly you see some deer or some hogs, but occasionally you see something really radical like an elk taken with one. Basically to answer your question, a 10mm will take anything the .40 or .45 ACP can, and might do it slightly better than those two, but it's not a huge difference. If you'd hunt it with a .45 ACP, you could hunt it with the 10mm and if you hunted it with a 10mm, you could use the .45 ACP just as well.

It's a solid cartridge for sure, but it's not really in a league of it's own.

October 19, 2013, 07:51 PM
need to do some reading, maybe I'll stick to big bore revolvers.

October 19, 2013, 08:16 PM
Try this. You will find a big difference.

October 19, 2013, 08:44 PM
Bob Lee Swagger did!

October 19, 2013, 09:18 PM
I often carry my G-20 when hunting. Not as a primary hunting gun, but if the right opportunity comes up it will work on any game a 357 would work on.

I carry Double Tap 200 gr hardcast loads that have chronographed an honest 1315 fps from my gun. That is right with anything you can do with even the hottest 357 load. It won't keep up with 44 mags from longer barrels, but my 3" and 4" 629's are between 1100-1250 fps with any 240 gr loads I've tried so far. A 6"-8" barrel should be around 1400-1500 fps and easily outclasses 10mm, but from shorter barrels it keeps things close enough to be interesting.

The biggest limitation is probably going to be accuracy, and range. In all honesty my 10mm's primary use is my camping/hiking gun in bear country. It is far lighter and more comapact for carrying and offers a lot of punch for it's size at close range. If I were a dedicated handgun hunter it would be with a long barreled revolver. The better sights and trigger will mean better accuacy at ranges over 15-25 yards. The longer barrels mean more speed and power.

But if someone just wants the challenge, and if they can shoot one well enough it has the power for most North American game within its range limitations.

October 19, 2013, 10:12 PM
maybe I am best stickin with big bore revolvers...just a thought.

October 20, 2013, 01:08 AM
6" Storm Lake conversion barrel in my G21, for the awkward under the stand shooting, etc.. There are no limits til you get to brown bears...

October 20, 2013, 05:24 PM
I carry mine when I go, last year I thought I was going to shoot a 8pt Buck, but he had other plans and I had to take him with my rifle. I saw that FREAK Razor Dobbs killl a real nice Bull Elk at 50 yards with one. It was going down on the first shot, but he put a couple more in it. Gave me a new respect for the 10. Here's mine, bought it off this site. Chuck Warner did the work, he is the first Smith to build a 9x23 in a 1911. He built it for Jeff Cooper. (

el Godfather
October 20, 2013, 11:14 PM
Not yet but I am planning on. Will do in some wild boars locally then a trip to Himalayas for Ibex. I have been planning on that trip but I have not found a good company as putting down an ibex is an event not just a kill. Most of my friends do not hunt. I even offered to pay for the trip, but their wives would not let them go.

Time to make way for fresh blood.

October 21, 2013, 10:40 AM
if you hunted it with a 10mm, you could use the .45 ACP just as well.

That's going to depend on state laws. Here in CO, no; the .45 ACP does not meet the 550 ft/lbs @ 50 yards minimum. 10mm and .357 mag with hot loads from 5+" barrels barely do.

Also, the higher velocity, higher energy and higher sectional density of heavy 10mm bullets make it a superior choice.

October 22, 2013, 08:02 PM
My uncles used to go for boar with 45's, I am going back 30 yrs. They did Alaska for Bear, "dropped from a plane, that picked you up a week later", and Canada for Moose. Crazy bunch of ex military brothers and brother in laws. They don't make them like that anymore. Wife's had no say in it. They just went.

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