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Out of the .40 and .45, which is better for hunting? This is in tandem with a 12 gauge of course.
 

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Deer hunting...that is.
 

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A 10MM would be better than either.
 

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Well, looks like you better go out tomorrow and get one!
Ha!! Ok! Thinking about it. But, if I don't, what do you think?
I'm not now and never have been a "deer hunting" guy. Lot's of my friends are and none of them use a pistol for hunting. I do know that there are many that do but my friends all prefer nice long rifles. A couple of friends use shotguns but for the most part it seems that the 30.06 is the most popular. Just keep that 12 gauge handy if a wild boar decides to cross your path! (With extra shells!!)
 

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No boars here...I live in southeastern Michigan. The hand gun is a "just in case" I have a deer that is too close to my tree stand for the shotgun.
 

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No boars here...I live in southeastern Michigan. The hand gun is a "just in case" I have a deer that is too close to my tree stand for the shotgun.
That's good about no boars there! They are quite nasty overprotective critters! Michigan....hmmm......stay warm! Moved back to my original home in Alabama after many long, cold years in Wisconsin!
 

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I'm a deer hunter, and I wouldn't like either for deer... I don't know...I suppose you're using slugs, scoped shotgun, and you're concerned about one slipping in real close...If you couldn't get an accurate shot with the shotgun, you'd be talking about R E A L close...Without the deer sitting in your lap, I can't imagine one being too close for the shotgun...All considered, probably the .40, if no other options...The .357, .44 mag are great in this scenario...as is the 10mm
 

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I'm a deer hunter, and I wouldn't like either for deer... I don't know...I suppose you're using slugs, scoped shotgun, and you're concerned about one slipping in real close...If you couldn't get an accurate shot with the shotgun, you'd be talking about R E A L close...Without the deer sitting in your lap, I can't imagine one being too close for the shotgun...All considered, probably the .40, if no other options...The .357, .44 mag are great in this scenario...as is the 10mm
Yes! Like at the bottom of my tree stand close. Happened last year. 6 point, about 15 feet almost straight down.
 

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It slipped in from right behind me. No way to get the shotgun around.
 

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hey, it happens...a lot of states forbid the use of FMJ for hunting, and rightly so...if you're gonna use one of those two rounds, get a good expanding round. And keep those eyes and ears open...lol...good luck !
 

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If you have a 45 I would use it. There is videos on youtube of Keith Warren hunting with a Glock 21. He has even killed a elk with his 45.
 

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If I had to pick between 40 and 45, I would pick 45 !
 

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Yeah, I agree with that.
 

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45 with good ammo will do it. I hunt with a 44 mag some and it can be very detrimental to a pigs health. 45 ACP on a high angle shot like from a tree stand with controlled expansion rounds will work if you do your part.
 

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Your state game laws should state what handgun calibers can and cannot be used for deer hunting. When I lived in Arizona I could use my .45 for certain game, but not for deer.
 
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