Tips for Getting a Hunting Handgun

americanshootingjournal.com | 6/15/2018 | asjstaff
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If you’re into hunting smaller things and want to get a handgun for this, here are some things to consider.

Having the right handgun is a plus, don’t get stuck with the wrong one, you’ll just be wasting your time.

Tips - Choice

So here are some tips that can help you make the right choice.

What’s your Game?

Animals - Bullets - Power

So what are you hunting? If you’re going for bigger animals its going to require bigger bullets, which has power.

For that bigger game, you shouldn’t be dinking around with anything smaller than a .357 Magnum.

Magnum - Animal - Meat - Start - LR

You obviously, don’t want to be using a .44 Magnum on a smaller animal, because you’re wasting all that meat by damaging it. Start with .22 LR if you’re going for squirrels or rabbits, and adjust accordingly to the game you’re after.

Revolver or semi-automatic?

Pros - Con - Revolvers - Operation - Semi-automatics

Here’s a quick pros and con: Revolvers are simple in operation, and semi-automatics allow higher capacity and quicker rapid shots.

Bottom line is that it really comes down to preference.

Handguns - Research - Handgun - Style - Hunting

You could even look into single-shot, bolt-action and lever-action handguns, but if you’re into this it will take some research. Ultimately, your handgun should fit you and your style of hunting.

How much accuracy do you need?

Barrels - Velocities - Accuracy

If you didn’t know having longer barrels means higher velocities and usually equates to better accuracy.

So the question is how much barrel do you want to carry around with you?

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