Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peakbagger46, May 21, 2022.
it is effective, quiet and many times more of a hunting challenge.
Fish and Game dept rules may not support using something other than shotgun for birds,
that said - have been taking all manner of game with a 38 Spl revolver for years.
I shoot a coated hardcast 148 gr Eggleston RN over 2.8 gr Bullseye as a light steel plate load (easier to speed-load than WC.) This would be a great squirrel/ grouse load if you aren’t going to be taking headshots exclusively.
Probably not the norm. But the.38 special has been known to take down some BIG & some small critters.
I've shot dozens of them with my big game rifles over the years, and I've shot dozens more with various handguns - .22s, .38s (.357s), and .44s. I always just get close enough to "snip" their heads off by aiming right where their heads connect to their necks.
Those Speer shot-shell capsules full of #8 shot work too - IF you're close enough. I always figured if I was close enough to kill a mountain grouse with Speer shot-shell capsule though, I was close enough to shoot its head off with a real bullet.
DON'T shoot low! There isn't much left of a fool hen when you hit it in the breast with a .270 Winchester.
We have more ground hogs around our property but I do not have the patience to "hunt" them but I have a 32 Fed mag SP101 sighted in for when I have the opportunity to dispatch one. The load is a 110 SWC loaded to 32 H&R Mag levels so we will see how they perform.
If the 32 caliber rounds are not effective, I'll give a 38 Special a try.
We have outdoor cats and opossums and raccoons sometimes help themselves to the cat food. I trap them then send them to Valhalla with a 22RF head shot. It is not as effective as I'd hope so maybe I need to up the caliber for these duties.
Opossums carry deceases that very bad for horses so they are not welcome on our farm. When our #1 daughter was five or six, she had a friend that thought there were live "possums" and road kill, dead "no-possums".
I use the 148 gr wad cutters in my 38/357 Rossi 92 lever. It's fun. Go for it.enjoy
Damn that's one big ass squirrel..
Your 158 LSWC should do fine. I usually try to target the back or the low neck (the thicker part above the breast) on grouse. Most of the organs are close to the back of the bird above the wings with little good meat there.
As I recall, you can use centerfire for small game during coyote season, too. And that's most of the year.
I’ve taken a few of the opening day variety with a Ruger Mark 2 with a 6.5 barrel but after a grouse has been shot at once they get spooked and the further you go into the season the worse that gets. Now, I suppose if you’re hunting remote high country or deep woods such as in northern Maine or Minnesota with little hunting pressure you’ll have the potential to see more ‘fool hens’ deeper into the season.
With a .38 you’ll need to get good at those head shots as there isn’t much room for about anything else before you start hitting breast meat below the neck.
Grouse hunting is the one hunting I still do and I’m specifically looking to bag them. It’s about a 2500 foot vertical gain on the trail I use to get to prime habitat where I know I’ll run into them…Approx 7600-7800 feet in elevation. The climb gets harder every year. For that reason I want to maximize my chances of success and bring with me a BPS English stocked 20 gauge with a 24 inch barrel.
On rare occasions late in the season when the leaves have dropped and fresh snow is covering the ground I’ve been known to carry a .22 Rifle as It’s a hair easier to spot them at distance and the rifle works well under those conditions.
SWEET BABY JANE! that's a big hog! I've taken some 150 pound pigs with a .38Spl and heavy LSWC's but that's a monster!
Three shots. Pretty good!
S&W Pre Model 27 from the mid 1950’s 8 3/8” barrel 4.5 grains HP 38 158 grain SWC at around 50 yards.
That load runs about 900 fps out of that long barrel and it puts them down without busting them up too much.
9mm is another option that works well for rabbits:
I once needed 8 rounds of 22LR (from a Ruger MKIII) to take out a tubby groundhog. Now, I didn’t make a good shot obviously (due to interesting circumstances) but those dang things are pretty tough!
That's a situation that calls for a 148 grain .357 wadcutter at around 7-800 fps. On small animals, those suckers hit like the hammer of Thor.
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