Originally Posted by GLOCK4536
I just got me a G20 10mm and i'm wanting to try a little handgun hunting this year for deer. My question is if you are hunting with the same gun what do you use in ammo and what is the outcome. Just looking for any info i can get either on factory or reloads. And the range you would limit it. I will have a muzzleloader with me(it's all i use) just in case the range is outside the pistols range. I do know that i will be going to the range to see what is the range i can get with good group so that will be my limit. Just looking for more info that can help me in a deer kill. I've never lost a deer and don't want to start now!!!!!!
THANKS for looking and any info you can give me!!
Your G20 10mm is capable of killing deer. Use your muzzle loader as your first choice, and if you get a close up shot on the deer and can very confidently
take it then do so. You sound 'new' to the G20, (perhaps hand gun, or at least sem-auto) so my "strong suggetion" is that you would spend tremendous ammounts of ammo and time in serious practice before you pop out into the woods and start shootin deer with a hand gun.
As far as ammo goes. If you reload, I would suggest, #1) 180/200gr Hard Cast bullet. #2) 180/200gr XTP. If you do NOT reload, the suggestion is the same, but you will obviously have to purchace factory ammo. In this case I would suggest Buffalo Bore ammo in the Hard Cast first,
and some good XTP round, even factory Hornady 180gr as the second.
These (The hard cast) will bust through shoulder bones, and usually come out the other side, they will usually end to end a deer with in 50 yards breaking bones and causing much damage on the way through. (The 180gr factory Hornady XTP's will do a very good job as well on close range deer, and I would keep thos to a lung shot imo).
You ask;.... " about range amd limit.."
Don't go to the range to see how far you can shoot. Go to see how well you can consistantly shoot at given distances.
I would suggest begining at 25yards, then ending at 50yds, and honestly at this pont with you being new to this, I would try and stay within 25 to 40yds. If you can consistantly
keep all your shots, "off hand" in a paper pie plate, better yet, a 6" circle would be best
. Then keep that as your limit. Force yourself to stay in that limit and do not get cocky.
I suggest 6" circle, rather than the pie plate, to cause you to learn to aim smaller, tighter, concentrate more. Like the man said.. "Aim small miss small" It is different standing in front of a paper target, than it is a live animal. Do Not look at the rack or the whole body. Zero in on one hair, and make that the hair you want to hit. Don't let your eyes float around all over the deer, just pick a spot shoulder/lung and squeeze. With the ammo refference i gave ya, and at least 1150fps muzzule velocity ammo "bare minimum" and 50yds or less it will be fine if you are. 1200/1250fps is not real necessary for under 50yds on deer, but I would rather see that velocity personally, as depending on angle of the deer. Bones can be hit hard. Not that another 50/100fps will be magic, but it won't hurt to have it.
I would rather see the higher Velocity.
The "pistols range" is vastly more
than you want or should try on your first outing with a handgun IMO. I can take deer at 100yds with a G20 and we will leave my stories with bigger bore hog legs at that, so i do not get called a liar by someone and my poor heart break.
Seriously. This year, this time out. being new to this gun/caliber. I truly highly suggest you practice your guts out, and try to stay around 25/40yds. And that, after you see that off hand you can put 'em all in a 6" circle. I should not have even mentioned the famous pie plate. "aim small miss small"
For what it is worth amigo, I been doing this a very long time, (and am NO expert) just saying to 'you' as a newbe here, if I were you, this is what I would do and how I would approach this, and the ammo I would use, and the way i would limit myself and the way i would concentrate on tons of practice ASAP...
Better to pass one up and wait till next year, than take a chance and wound him.
Much much more I could add, but this is basically plenty enough for now....