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PA Whitetail: Which Revolver??
November 22, 2017
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Had a good time checking out some heavy hunting loads in the V40 and the 741.  I REALLY need a fiber optic site for the V40.  I didn’t take the 15-2 with an 8″ vent and Millet rear sight and EWK green fiber optic front sight.  That is also an option for this upcoming firearms season, still have a doe tag.    

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November 22, 2017
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Gotta go with the 41 magggie; great deer cartridge and you have the FO sight dialed in.

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November 22, 2017
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I think it depends on the weather and terrain. If there’s a chance you’ll get it wet or have to scramble over some slopes, take the 741. If it’s going to be a bright, beautiful, easy-walking day, I think you should take the opportunity to get one of the blued guns some sunshine. Have you taken deer with each of them before?

Good luck with the decision. I hope you’re successful on Monday. If I see a guy walking around the woods with three Dans, I’ll stop over to chat. 

November 22, 2017
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Drop from a limb with a big knife like Tarzan. Then after you stab its heart,  knock it on the head with the 741. Don’t forget the victory yell. 

November 23, 2017
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Ole Dog said
Drop from a limb with a big knife like Tarzan. Then after you stab its heart,  knock it on the head with the 741. Don’t forget the victory yell.   

 

Wow you Florida Boys sure take a different approach to deer hunting lol!

Either revolver would fit the job well. I would opt for the 741, I think the FO front sight could be a big benefit, I would have trouble seeing the front sight on the m40 in the woods. And stainless is less of a worry when foul weather arises. But swap out that nice wood grip for the Pachmayr, too easy to scuff up a grip on the side of a tree, briars etc. Good luck, and be sure to post pics.

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November 24, 2017
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KeepArms said
I think it depends on the weather and terrain. If there’s a chance you’ll get it wet or have to scramble over some slopes, take the 741. If it’s going to be a bright, beautiful, easy-walking day, I think you should take the opportunity to get one of the blued guns some sunshine. Have you taken deer with each of them before?

Good luck with the decision. I hope you’re successful on Monday. If I see a guy walking around the woods with three Dans, I’ll stop over to chat.   

You know, I think the weather will ultimately be the deciding factor in which one I choose.  I have not yet taken a deer with a revolver.  I am out a lot during the archery season and got a buck with my bow this year.  I have been waiting for a gun season to use a revolver and this year will finally be the year I actually try.  I have one DMAP tag for Michaux State Forest near Shippensburg and can hunt that place first week, but can only use my 5B (Harrisburg) doe tag 2nd week.  The entire state is buck only first week this year.  

What will you be hunting with on Monday? and where will you be hunting?  

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“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether
they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes – remembering that it was
one of the best parts of my education – *make* them hunters.”

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November 24, 2017
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If I go out, it will be here at my farm.  I’ll use either my 741VH 10 or a 7445 VH 8.  Too many houses around for rifles so pistol or slug gun are the only choices.

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November 24, 2017
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If I go out, it will be here at my farm.  I’ll use either my 741VH 10 or a 7445 VH 8.  Too many houses around for rifles so pistol or slug gun are the only choices.  

What loads are you using in your 741 and your 7445?  I know you are kind of close to me somewhere in Central PA.  I have read your posts about shooting at Trops range.    

“We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more
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“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether
they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes – remembering that it was
one of the best parts of my education – *make* them hunters.”

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November 24, 2017
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For the 445 I like 240 gn fmj over 30.5 gn H 110.  In 41 nag I like 210 gn fmj driven by 21 gn H 110.  I find better penetration with solid bullets over hollow points.

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November 25, 2017
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PAbow, what is the coating you have on your .41 bullets in the pic?

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November 25, 2017
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PAbow, what is the coating you have on your .41 bullets in the pic?  

http://www.bayoubullets.net/categories/hi-tek-supercoat-bullets/41-caliber.html

 

Bayou Bullets hi-tek supercoat.  Made the switch to hi-tek coat a few years back.  Much less smoke than the lube on hard cast bullets.    

“We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more
humane, while his education has been sadly neglected.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether
they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes – remembering that it was
one of the best parts of my education – *make* them hunters.”

-Henry David Thoreau

 

 

November 25, 2017
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PAbowhunter said

http://www.bayoubullets.net/categories/hi-tek-supercoat-bullets/41-caliber.html

 

Bayou Bullets hi-tek supercoat.  Made the switch to hi-tek coat a few years back.  Much less smoke than the lube on hard cast bullets.      

Thanks for the link, I may have to give those a try, in a caliber or two.occasion

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November 25, 2017
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PAbowhunter said

You know, I think the weather will ultimately be the deciding factor in which one I choose.  I have not yet taken a deer with a revolver.  I am out a lot during the archery season and got a buck with my bow this year.  I have been waiting for a gun season to use a revolver and this year will finally be the year I actually try.  I have one DMAP tag for Michaux State Forest near Shippensburg and can hunt that place first week, but can only use my 5B (Harrisburg) doe tag 2nd week.  The entire state is buck only first week this year.  

What will you be hunting with on Monday? and where will you be hunting?    

I’m taking my 740 out on Monday, and I’m hunting some thick areas of State game lands in 2A. I think I’m going to limit my range to 40 yards with the revolver. I filled my 2A doe tag during archery season, so I’m just looking for a buck at this point. I just loaded up a few of those polymer-coated bullets from Missouri bullet company, and I’m excited to see how they do on deer. How far do you trust yourself to take a shot with your revolvers?

November 26, 2017
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Dan Wessons ruled Silhouette shooting until they changed the rules to allow Freedom Arms Revolvers. The  desert ram is 200 yards out. Way beyond my range, but possible. Those big Pennsylvania deer may be too stout for that range but I think 100 yds would be lethal. With that said, If I was hunting I would not trust my aim over 50 yards but the cartridge is capable of a longer shot, IMHO. 

November 27, 2017
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I will most likely be shooting the 41 mag on Saturday at some PA Doe if one happens to walk by.  The front fiber optic sight is really the deciding factor.  No way my eyes will allow me to shoot open sights at 100 or 200.  I wear bifocals and depending on the light it is very hard to get a good sight picture with the rear and front sight and still see the target.  My 15-2 with 8″ vented has a fiber optic front and a Millet rear sight and this is really nice for my eyes so I still might consider taking the 357 mag as well.  I am confident in both with the proper hunting bullet and powder charge.  I just need to make the shot either gun will work if I get the bullet to the boiler room.  I will be keeping my shots to 50 yards and under with open sights.  I only practiced at 25 and 50 yards and 50 would be just about my absolute max distance.  I have only practiced on paper targets but feel good at 50 and in, basically will be handgun hunting with the same approach I archery hunt.  I know my limits and I hunt enough to know when to take an ethic shot and how to let a deer either get closer or walk out of my life without taking a bad shot.  

“We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more
humane, while his education has been sadly neglected.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether
they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes – remembering that it was
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-Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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