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hunting with 38 special or 9mm #15675430 01/19/21
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Fellas anyone hunt with either calibre and if so what do you hunt?

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Re: hunting with 38 special or 9mm [Re: 158XTP] #15675513 01/19/21
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Not on purpose, but that might change in a few days if things go south. Ha!


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I have killed deer with both calibers

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I pack a 38/44 with warm cast bullet loads around quite a bit, shoot the occasional incidental critter that shows up at close range, mostly pigs and other varmints. Use a Browning Hipower 9mm some in the same role and have shot a pig with it as well. I killed a 100lb or so pig last spring with my 2” Combat Masterpiece with a 158 SWC over 5.5gr Unique, from about 4 yards. Close range and shot placement are paramount.

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148 gr. full wadcutters easing along at about 750-800 fps from the .38 Special is great on bunnies and squirrels. I try to head shoot but if you mess up there is less bloodshot meat than a high velocity hollowpoint from the .22 LR.


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Re: hunting with 38 special or 9mm [Re: 158XTP] #15675955 01/19/21
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Originally Posted by 158XTP
Fellas anyone hunt with either calibre and if so what do you hunt?

I hunt in a place where shots are almost always within 30 yards and the deer rarely weigh more than 80-90 pounds. I used to have a Glock 17 with a Wilson barrel that was extremely accurate with a hot 124-grain handload. In those days I was shooting that pistol about 10k rounds per year between IDPA and and testing ammo, so I felt confident enough to take it. I zeroed it 1" high at 25 yards, which put that load 1" low at 50 yards.

I didn't see anything that time out but I wasn't worried about whether the pistol, the shooter, or the load could do the job. If the deer were bigger or the ranges longer, then I'd have taken a 44 or 45.


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THE CHAIR IS AGAINST THE WALL.

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I've used 38 wadcutters on squirrels, from various 357 revolvers. The neatest small game load I used in those guns was three boxes of old Western 38 Short Colt with the 'Lubaloy' bullet. I also found the 9mm, 115 grain Silvertip to be all you ever wanted from a bluejay gun.


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Originally Posted by 158XTP
Fellas anyone hunt with either calibre and if so what do you hunt?

.38 Special is popular for small game hunting, particularly with full target wadcutters.


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115 Silvertip works on bigger than blue jays too [Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

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I used to shoot frogs with an old Colt Trooper .38 Special, it was great fun.


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Originally Posted by TheKid
115 Silvertip works on bigger than blue jays too [Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

Nice Hi Power.


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158XTP: I have Hunted a lot of Ground Squirrels with my 6" barrel S&W Model 66-0 using 38 wadcutters.
Never tried for Big Game with a 38 or a 9m/m.
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I've used both to shoot a lot of grouse and rabbits that got eaten. I've always wanted to hunt deer with a 9mm carbine. Haven't gotten around to it yet.


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Originally Posted by HuntnShoot
I've used both to shoot a lot of grouse and rabbits that got eaten. I've always wanted to hunt deer with a 9mm carbine. Haven't gotten around to it yet.

From a carbine, 9mm should hit about like a .357 Magnum from a four inch revolver barrel.


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good cotton tail rounds


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Originally Posted by The_Real_Hawkeye
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115 Silvertip works on bigger than blue jays too [Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

Nice Hi Power.


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That is a great picture!

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Squirrels with my .38

Never anything bigger.


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