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Finishing Animals.

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

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  1. bg226

    bg226 Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Depends.
     
  4. HippieCrusher

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    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.
     
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  5. bg226

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Bayonet!
     
  10. MS .45

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

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    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.
     
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    Bayonet

    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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    Just a note, as with the handguns, bayonets are illegal in some localities for hunting. MI for example, at least they were a few years back, havent looked recently
     
  22. TehK1w1

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    If legal, any handgun should work if the animal cannot get up, as you can just shoot it at point-blank range. A rifle will work just as well, but make a big mess. When I mortally wound an animal (Only happened once so far) I cut it's throat. It is less messy, saves ammo, and I feel it is much more respectful to the animal. On the other hand, it can be dangerous if it has tusks, horns, antlers, etc.
     
  23. aaronrkelly

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    I have a friend that used a cheapy .45ACP HiPoint pistol for just this reason....works great.
     
  24. jeepmor

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    Not an issue in Oregon, you can CCW w/o a permit if hunting. However, IIRC, you cannot finish an animal with a handgun.
     
  25. gunflint

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    We get a lot of car vs moose accidents up here. The deputies are not happy with the "finishing shot" ability of their .45s. Most now use slugs in their shotguns. One deputy said that it (using 45s) reminded him of the scene in Jim Carry's Me Myself and Irene, with the cow. I'd be interested in watching someone slitting the throat of an injured moose that weighs up to 1200 pounds.
     
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