1. Glock G40 Gen 4 MOS
Our editor Rusty swears by the Glock 1omm handgun as his favorite handgun, and would buy the 40 MOS in a heartbeat if he ever came to replace his 20. The Glock 40 MOS is chambered in 10MM and is capable of mounting a red dot optic of your choice, operates reliably and is extremely hunting friendly with its 6 inch long barrel and lightweight construction. The G40 is easy to carry but packs a reliable punch powerful enough to take down deer, boar and wild hogs, making it an ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and hunters.
Benefits/It’s a Glock and it’s chambered in 10mm. What more could you ask for?
The inconvenients/Great and most people will choose to change the trigger for hunting duty
Conclusion/The Glock 40 MOS is the best price for a performance 10mm hunting handgun
2. Taurus 454 Raging Bull
Powerful Big Game Budget Option
A top-notch hunting handgun, the Taurus Raging Bull 454 is chambered in 454 Casull powerful enough to take down an African buffalo or any other hunting itch you need to scratch. Available in four distinct barrel lengths, this double-action five-shot revolver has a ported barrel to reduce felt recoil. A padded insert handle further reduces recoil and gives you a comfortable shot every time you get your next trophy. The Raging Bull 454 also features adjustable rear sights and the frame-integrated key Taurus security system.
Benefits/Powerful cartridge capable of shooting down just about anything in North America – Affordable.
The inconvenients/Ammo is both scarce and expensive and no option for mounting optics
Conclusion/Ideal for getting into big game hunting on a budget
3. Korth NXR 44 MAgnum
High-end stylish power station
The Korth NXR brings a six-shot .44 Magnum to the legendary roster of Korth revolvers. The NXR is available with a precision hammer-forged 6-inch barrel and integrated Picatinny rail on the frame. The barrel case has been vented for faster cooling while the entire revolver has a DLC finish for a beautiful yet durable look. There is an additional Picatinny rail mounted under the barrel, providing options for different weights to mount. The NXR features an adjustable rear sight with a quick change front sight. Removable front sight side panels give this revolver versatility in a wide range of shooting disciplines. A Turkish walnut grip gives this .44 Magnum powerhouse a look that’s just as fierce as it performs.
Benefits/Popular and affordable hunting cartridge
The inconvenients/Extremely expensive and prone to collecting dirt, mud and debris during flash cuts
Conclusion/A hunting revolver for those with refined taste or a ton of money burning a hole in their pocket
4. Magnum Research Desert Eagle MKXIX
Gas-powered goodness in the palm of your hand(s)
The Magnum Research Desert Eagle is a family of powerful semi-automatic pistols chambered in 357 Mag 44 Mag or 50 AE. Using a gas operated rotating bolt more commonly found in rifles, the Desert Eagle was the first gun capable of handling these oversized loads. Fixed sights adorn 6 or 10 long barrels depending on the model and a rail allows users to mount the scope of their choice on the Desert Eagle. I wouldn’t recommend trying to shoot this gun one-handed unless your end goal is to just throw the magazine in the trash.
Benefits/Powerful 50 AE cartridge with semi-automatic operation for fast shots.
The inconvenients/Extremely heavy
Conclusion/A great conversation starter that can also eliminate big game
5. Ruger Super Blackhawk
The Ruger Super Blackhawk finds itself at home, whether on the range or in the woods stalking game. The 44 Magnum Blackhawk has a long barrel, excellent ergonomics, and smart hunters will often deploy an extended eye relief scope on them to hit targets much further away than a pistol fitted with an iron sight or of a red dot could never hope to achieve. In addition to its fully adjustable sights, an integral rib on its barrel accepts the scope mounting rings included with the gun.
Benefits/Excellent construction, beautiful appearance, mechanically robust, ideal for manual loaders.
The inconvenients/Customer reviews indicate that ejector rods are often insufficient, requiring you to manually remove spent cartridge cases from the gun.
Conclusion/Ideal for manual loaders and those who love classic revolver lines.
Is it legal to hunt with handguns?
In simple terms, yes. Most US states allow you to hunt with a handgun, however, you should always check with your local game warden or wildlife management office before you go handgun hunting. Some states will allow you to hunt only with handguns during certain seasons and others have no such restrictions. However, regardless, you should always consider bringing a handgun with you for personal protection.
Why is 44 Magnum so popular on this list?
There’s a reason Dirty Harry chose his S&W Model 29 in 44 magnum – the cartridge is absolutely devastating on everything from elk to white tailed deer. Most hunting handguns that use 44 magnums will have at least a 6″ long barrel to upgrade the cartridge to, but even still the heavy grain weight and high velocity of these cartridges make 44 magnums absolutely devastating to use for handgun hunting.
Are large caliber revolvers the only solution?
Not at all. As you can see with our editor’s choice, 10mm is also excellent, although only slightly less than 44 magnums when it comes to bullet diameter. What these two handgun cartridges do share, however, is that they share similar weights and bullet speeds. In fact, many hunters even choose to use smaller cartridges like the 357 magnums to hunt whitetail deer and other medium sized game. The big calibers just cover all your bases and they’re also a lot more fun to shoot.
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