longhunter
(addict)
04/16/20 04:26 PM
Hunting with auto's

Since I am going to be swimming in unfamiliar waters, looking for some input. Who here hunts with auto pistols, any wisdom , advice or stories to share. I realize it's not going to be a lot different that hunting with revolvers, just curious as to your experienses...thanks!

H2OBUG
(Pooh-Bah)
04/16/20 07:54 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I have a 45 ACP 1911 that I may try to stoke up some +P rounds for.
It has the Wegland mount and a 25 mm dot.

May try to kill a deer or. Javelina when I am in Texas

I would love to learn more about using the 45 super brass.

What lb spring do you need for a hot load like that 18 lb


Drycreek3189
(journeyman)
04/16/20 08:23 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I?ve killed a few hogs with a 10mm Glock, both a G20 and G40. I?ve never loaded for it, just used the 180 grain flat point from HSM. Usually high shoulder shoot ?em to anchor, then walk up for a head shot. I?ve killed several in a corral trap with head shots when they get still. Had one to take a run at me once, I had already saw him and had my G20 in my hand. From about twenty feet he decided he didn?t want me around and grunted, then came for me. Luck was with me and I nailed him between the ears at about five feet. Sure was glad I already had my pistol out, ?cause they are quick when they want to be !

I have a 40? corral trap that I use. The last two I killed in the trap were killed with a .40 Short & Weak, it was all I had on me. It was less than spectacular because my Jack Russell got in the trap with them and it became a rodeo. I finally poked enough holes in them that they got weak and I killed them with head shots. It took a full mag(7), and a reload(6) to get it done. Two morals to that story, don?t let your dog get in the trap and use enough gun. Bob Ruark rolled in his grave that morning ! :-)


Zee
(Gun Slinger)
04/17/20 01:01 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I?ve taken deer and pigs with a .40 S&W and 155/180gr HST to good effect. Very pleased with the results.
Taken pigs with a 10mm and 180gr XTP with good results.
Tried a .45 ACP with 230gr HydraShok Bullets a couple times on pigs and it sucked balls!!! Want to try some 185gr GD. Maybe they can revive my opinion of the .45 ACP.


H2OBUG
(Pooh-Bah)
04/17/20 09:40 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

 Originally Posted By: Zee
I?ve taken deer and pigs with a .40 S&W and 155/180gr HST to good effect. Very pleased with the results.
Taken pigs with a 10mm and 180gr XTP with good results.
Tried a .45 ACP with 230gr HydraShok Bullets a couple times on pigs and it sucked balls!!! Want to try some 185gr GD. Maybe they can revive my opinion of the .45 ACP.


Good feedback


wvhitman
(old hand)
04/17/20 10:34 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I've done multiple deer/groundhogs with .357 Sig (best bullet 125 Gold Dot), .40 S&W (best bullet 165 Sierra JHC), & .45 ACP (best bullet by far 200 gr. Horn. XTP).
I've used lead bullets in all these on deer. Not very pleased with results, except .45 200 gr. H&G was fairly good.
Most bullets in the .40 were pretty poor, especially Gold Dot and XTP.
Not a lot of .357 choices. Leads were poor. Gold Dots were fair. Never tried Sierra JHCs. Gotta get close with the Sig for any kind of decent results.


Sawfish
(veteran)
04/20/20 04:00 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I have had good luck with the WW 230 gr. JHP in my 45 ACP guns.

muddydog
(enthusiast)
04/21/20 03:53 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I like hunting with semi's as well. Mostly 10 mm and 45 acp. In my experience and I own and use revolvers as well. I tend to get better accuracy from my revolvers. My range limits on game are 25 yds with the semi and about 60 with the revolvers. Iron sights on both. I'm sure an optic would increase range with either.

reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
04/21/20 05:52 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I have killed a pile of deer with the 45 ACP, 45 Super, 460 Rowland, 40 S&W and 2 with the .357 SIG.

Just my experience and yours may vary:
.45 ACP 185 Nosler and 200 XTP work well.

.45 Super - 185 Nosler on deer is the magic bean at those velocities. Cast bullets leave a blood trail as they exit but I have had a doe run 50 yards after a solid lung hit.

.460 Rowland- 185 Nosler, 200XTP, 230 XTP on deer. All work at the Rowland velocities but don't take shoulder shots. 240 Sierra is tough enough for hogs and deer shoulders.

.40 S&W- 165 Gold dot, 165 Sierra and 180 XTP. From the long barrels hands down the 165 Gold Dot was the best. Most dropped right there. 165 Sierra worked pretty good. Had one run about 50 yards but she was dead on her feet. 180XTP only one kill but it was 71 lasered yards. She ran about 25 yards but lungs were demolished.

.357 SIG- 2 kills both with Underwood ammo 125 Gold Dot. Both deer dropped in tracks. I have been using it on ground hogs. They pretty much slump right there.

Here are a few of the unfortunate critters.





45MAN
(Pooh-Bah)
04/22/20 06:17 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

REFLEX64; VERY GOOD REPORT, Thks

jcp161
(enthusiast)
04/22/20 09:18 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

Great thread. Good to see what the semiauto calibers can do. I have a couple set up for hunting but always default to the revolvers as I'm concerned about the effectiveness of the semiautos in comparison.

May have to rethink that position.


reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
04/22/20 02:33 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

 Originally Posted By: 45MAN
REFLEX64; VERY GOOD REPORT, Thks


Thanks. I went on a strange tangent with autos. I still live my wheelguns and short rifles though.


reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
04/22/20 02:37 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

 Originally Posted By: jcp161
Great thread. Good to see what the semiauto calibers can do. I have a couple set up for hunting but always deault to the revolvers as I'm concerned about the effectiveness of the semiautos in comparison.

May have to rethink that position.


They are great on deer/hogs and with the 460 Rowland I would kill a elk or moose. Its a whole different animal.


jcp161
(enthusiast)
04/24/20 08:42 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I still don't have a 460 Rowland but hope to pick one up before deer season. Just have to decide between a 1911 or Glock platform.

I will be testing some of the Underwood ammo in my Glock 40. Their 180 grain stuff seems to have true 10 mm velocity and looks like it will do well on deer.


Igor
(journeyman)
10/06/20 03:54 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

I used Desert Eagle .44 Mag few times and took red deer (220lbs doe) and 3 pigs (100-200lbs) at 30-60m. Every time I used 240grs XTP and always had exit wound but ones I shot quartering away boar (diagonal shot ended in spine). I preferred fine revolver's trigger, 1 lb less on the hip and variety of loads and bullet choices. On the other hand Desert Eagle was better for fast acquisition and follow-up shot if needed.

MrMcPorkchop
(member)
10/07/20 05:27 PM
Re: Hunting with auto's

Was re-reading through this thread, and I think I have talked myself into putting away a few hundred dollars over the winter and getting a 460 Rowland conversion for my 1911...



Eric.

reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
10/12/20 10:27 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

The Rowland is nearly 44 mag power. I had some bearthooth 265gr wfngc bullets sized .451 that I would use on elk or moose. They were awesome.

reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
10/12/20 10:34 AM
Re: Hunting with auto's

Here are some more
45 Super 185 Nosler


40 165 Sierra

40 165 Sierra


40 Longslide twin to my .357 Sig
165 Gold Dot