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Old 07-17-2005, 09:30 PM   #1
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Deer Hunters using their 10mm's - any out there?

Getting excited about the upcoming deer season already. I have been considering using my S&W 610 this season. Any hunters out there that have used their 10mm's on deer. Effectiveness? Load of choice? I have mainly used my 610 for recreational shooting with mid-range 165gr loads. Should I bump it up to 200gr for deer?

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Old 07-18-2005, 07:43 AM   #2
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Heya Jake-we talkin' whitetail or muleys? Whitetail, I think a well constructed 165 such as a
golden sabre would be fine, on a mule deer, I'd step up to at least 180.....of course, shot place-
ment is always the key. I've had very good success with the Cor-Bon hunting loads, and
handloads with Hornady XTP's on mule deer, but I plan to try out the heavier loads from both
DoubleTap and Buffalo Bore soon. I've used the lighter bullet loadings from DoubleTap on
whitetail, and it works very well when I do my part.
 
Old 07-21-2005, 11:15 AM   #3
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Whitetails in my neck of the woods.

I have three pistols that are labelled my "hunting" pistols....10mm, 44mag, and 45 Colt. I have been working up some medium hot 45 Colt loads and "hot" 44 magnum loads. Next, I need to warm up a few 10mm plinking loads and see which pistol gives me the best accuracy.

Thanks for teh feedback.
 
 
Old 08-04-2005, 03:57 PM   #4
 
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Yea, I just got my G20 back from barsto. Had a longslide and fitted match barrel installed and its gonna be my deer gun this year.

I can't wait. I've got some practicing to do (from "field" postions) but expect to use it this fall. with some Doubletap 200 gr XTP's or DT 200 gr BTBs. I can't wait. Every cool day we get here in the Midwest makes me wanna get out in the field ever more.

Good luck guys!

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Old 08-04-2005, 04:50 PM   #5
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I practiced on prarie dogs.....I figure if I can hit them, I can hit a deer!
 
Old 08-05-2005, 06:10 PM   #6
 
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I've carried a Ruger Blackhawk 10mm, an original 5" and 6.5" 610, a new 610 Classic Hunter and two different custom 1911 10mm's for deer hunting over the past 13 years...and never shot a deer with one!

The closest I ever came to a deer with a handgun was a very near miss on an 8 point buck with a Performance Center .41 Magnum that was up to the job, but my shooting from a really awkward shooting position wasn't.

This year I've loaded up 155 gr. Barnes X Bullets with new Norma brass at max veloctiy for use in a 6.5" 610 model from 1990. I'm sure, as usual, if I get lucky it will be my Winchester that does the job, but the 10mm is always there just in case the distance is right!

I'll report back in after the season and please do the same.

Brent
 
Old 08-16-2005, 07:53 AM   #7
 
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I have never cared for the 10mm much but have gained a tremendous respect for it this year. My G20 will be my deer and elk gun this year. If I am successful with either or both, I will post results here.

Here is the G20 that I plan to use although I have put night sights and extended slide relaease on it since this pic was taken:
 
Old 08-18-2005, 06:49 PM   #8
 
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Deer and hogs with 10mm PICS

I have shot numerous wild hogs and several deer with one of my Colt 10mm. I have used everything from the Remington sub-sonics to the Black Talons. The 10mm is more than adequate for deer size game at reasonable distances. This pistol is sighted in to point of aim at 50 yards-I have shot hogs at that distance with great results the deer have all been in the 25-40 yard range. I have in the last couple of years used the Double Tap 200 grn XTP with great results. Below is a picture of a hog that was taken with Double Tap and the horns are from a buck that was taken with Double Tap. The pistol is a Colt that has all Ed Brown or Wilson internals and externals, Dlask trigger and Bar Sto barrel with the frame fitted to the slide.

 
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Nice pig Wiley! Kinda looks like my mother-in-law though..... :wink:
 
Old 11-23-2005, 11:54 AM   #10
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Back to the Ruger SBH

After loading some Hornady XTP 180gr over a full load of 800-x, I've been "forced" to return to the Ruger Super Blackhawk for this year's deer season. Test firing these rounds, the revolver bloodied my left ear twice with shavings from the copper jackets. Took the S&W 610 to my gunsmith and he suspects the cylinder lock is allowing the cylinder to rotate slightly under the recoil of the full 10mm lodas. There were plenty of indications including a single point of contact in the cylinder notches, slight "dinging" of the notches, and nominal lock movement into the cylinder notches (visual inspection). So, while he gets my revolver up to standards for heavy loads, the Ruger in 45 Colt will have to perform the hunting duties this year. As such, I may take the time, and expense, to set up the 610 for a varmint handgun.
 
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