Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

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Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby Robert Rowland » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:52 pm

My regular sidearm for several years has been a .44 mag.
Recently I obtained a Colt Combat Commander. (.45 auto)
Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?
I usually have a couple of places where I will hang my rifle and use the handgun for shots out to 40 or 50 yards, thats all I am comfortable shooting with open sight handguns.
If anyone hunts with this calibur, let me know what loads you use, and how well they perform.

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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby vambo991 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:45 pm

Not in Illinois. It's got to be a big bore wheel gun. 45 acp can only produce about 1200 fps and 550 ft-lbs out of the bore and that's using P+ ammo like Corbon, while a bunch of ammo makers have 44 mag stuff that sends 240 grns out at over 1500 fps and delivers over 1200 ft-lbs at close range. So use your revolver to hunt and save your Springfield or Kimber for concealed carry, LE CQB, or the range... just my opinion. Semper Fi

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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby hunter480 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:30 pm

Indiana doesn`t allow the .45 ACP for deer hunting. I had no idea any state did.

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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby Robert Rowland » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:12 pm

Missouri will allow any center fire cartridge with expanding bullets. I'm not sure I want to use the .45 but am looking for input from anyone that may have used one.

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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby shaman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:08 am

Kentucky allows using 45ACP, but I do not know anyone that hunts with it.  It it were just up to you and me, I'd say act responsibly and go for it.  The problem is that it's not.

I've been in online hunting forums since before there was an Internet.  I have seen folks talk about  taking  deer with everything from 25 Auto up to a civil war cannon.  There's a whole school of folks that say .22 LR is the preferable round, because that is what deer control snipers use. Yes, there are those who believe it is a good round for deer.  Personally, I would carry the 44 Mag and not worry about it.

The problem is that it opens up a can of worms if you do it and then get online and shout about it.  There are arguments over it just being a stunt. There are arguments over whether or not you are a slob. There are arguments over whether or not you are feeding the anti-hunters.

My advice is to use your own conscience, and just don't crow about it afterward.
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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby Robert Rowland » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:53 am

Shaman,
 Your right about just using the .44
I don't want to open a can of worms like they did with the 950 yard sniper shot.

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RE: Does anyone hunt with a .45 auto?

Postby BlkLabDE » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:19 am

The States I hunt do not allow .45ACP, not enough energy for clean kills.
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