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Finishing Animals.

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by bg226, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. bg226

    bg226 Well-Known Member

    When hunting, sometimes one cannot always get a clean kill. Thus a finishing shot may be necessary.

    What pistol caliber and ammo would be approprate? Hogs and deer come to mind.

    Any experiences?
  2. Gun Wielding Maniac

    Gun Wielding Maniac Well-Known Member

    Since you'll be delivering a point blank shot to the melon, almost any pistol would be appropriate. In fact, why not simply use your rifle? I've been known to carry handguns while hunting. But not for the purpose of putting down animals...more for two legged-predators.
  3. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    If you're talking about putting down an animal that's almost dead, a .38 snubbie or smaller will work fine. I work with a guy who raised a couple pigs in his yard, and a guy who came to slaughter them used a .22 pistol.

    If, on the other hand, you're talking about defensively shooting a relatively large, pissed-off animal charging you in the brush, I'd use a .44.

  4. HippieCrusher

    HippieCrusher Well-Known Member

    Shot Placement

    Either a knife or whatever you shot it with initially. Only once have I ever had to take a follow up shot. It was on my first buck and my nerves contributed to a poorly placed intial shot. My follow up shot was close range with a .270.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2007
  5. bg226

    bg226 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the topic is about putting down a wounded animal.

    I've heard a few scary stories about small caliber bullets not penetrating the melon.
  6. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    My uncle use to own a packing house where I would help him on occasion. We killed all the cattle and hogs with a .22 Short gallery rd. Killed hundreds of animals for butchering. Never saw any of them take more than 1 rd.
    As far as carrying another gun while deer hunting make sure the practice and the gun are legal where you hunt.
  7. Mikhail Konovalov

    Mikhail Konovalov Well-Known Member

    Heck. Ever since that time I emptied a full 25 round mag of .22LR into a Raccoon's brain stem and only got it to calm down (I would be a horrible surgeon.), I carry a .45 when deer hunting for possible follow-up shots, not to mention no-legged predators. A shotgun or one of those .410 derringers are supposed to be better for it, but I work with what I have.

    I must admit, though, two-legged predators are a mild concern in my local hunting grounds. Ever since that crazy park shut down and the big lizards busted out...
  8. 41magsnub

    41magsnub Well-Known Member

    I carry my 4" barrel .357 Security six on my hip hunting as a backup/finisher (shot a doe with it as the primary gun once when it walked right by me, 5' shot right to the head which was a little messy). I carry two speed loaders and only 5 in the gun for safety.

    I base my decision to use the pistol for a finisher instead of a rifle purely on hearsay and because I feel better with the backup gun and want to use it for something. As far as safety as long as the critters head is not resting on a rock or something it is probably all the same.

    Technically the pistol is concealed as it is usually under my jacket even though I don't have a CCW, but in the country in Montana that is kosher.

    I have had to finish other people's deer before with it or hand them the gun to do it. Only once did I have to finish my own deer after I jerked off the crappiest 50 yard shot in history and got it in the rear end and it fell out of LOS.
  9. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

  10. MS .45

    MS .45 Well-Known Member

    I would just use whatever you shot it with initially. A close range rifle shot to the head will end it quick. Of course, there could be considerations if it is a good buck and you want to have it mounted.
  11. 41magsnub

    41magsnub Well-Known Member

    Maybe I can duct tape one to my ruger M77.....
  12. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    I actually thought about it as a method with surplus rifles. But then I got to thinking about a wounded bear suddenly getting up again, but this time with my rifle stuck in him. LOL
  13. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    I was always fond of the knife method, much more respectful to the kill.
  14. Desk Jockey

    Desk Jockey Well-Known Member

    Just be sure it's legal. I was surprised to learn from the DOW here that you can't put the animal down with a handgun, unless that handgun is legal for hunting. For deer or elk, that means that a .357 or a 45 ACP are not acceptable.
  15. elrod

    elrod Well-Known Member

    I use a .22 LR handgun for "put down" on severely wounded deer (only had to once). I suppose if it were still mobile, and I could see it, another pop from the .280 would be in order. No way would I use a knife to "Jim Bowie" a wounded deer!:eek:
  16. tkendrick

    tkendrick Well-Known Member

    most states I've hunted in, carrying a handgun during rifle season is a good way to get a major fine
  17. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member

    Use the gun you used for the first shot. I do at times carry a .45 or .357 while deer hunting but never used them on deer.

    Possums, coyotes, a racoon and 2 stray dogs chasing deer are 2 separate issues...
  18. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Just slit the neck with a good knife.
  19. jefnvk

    jefnvk Well-Known Member

    Cut the neck

    I'd use whatever I used to shoot it in the first place, if I wern't to use a knife. Game laws can be awfully particular about what i sused to kill an animal, be sure of what it is.
  20. Gunnerpalace

    Gunnerpalace Well-Known Member


    I agree with Cosmoline a bayonet would be good when heading over to check it (if it jolts back suddenly you wont have time to draw), and if you get attacked by anything in case you run out of ammo probably would not be a bad idea also.

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