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Handguns, Handgun Hunting with Bill Booth, Feb. 1

January 28, 2011

Bill Booth with bison taken with a .500 S&W revolver and Barnes solid copper HP bullet.

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  The diversity of handgun hunting is discussed as Bill Booth, representing Smith&Wession,  and long-time black-powder handgun hunter Hovey Smith talk about their world-wide adventures using handguns to take small game, deer-hog size game and the world’s largest species.

  Because of the interest in revolvers chambered for the .410 shotshell and the introduction of S&W’s new Governor revolver, a bonus section of the show includes Bill and Hovey’s experiences shooting this and a similar Tarus Judge revolver. The S&W is a larger gun and is also chambered for the .45 ACP and .45 L.C. cartridges. These cartridges headspace on their case ends, preventing magnum .45s from being chambered and shot.

  Revolvers and semi-auto pistols chambered for the .22 LR lead off the show with progressive discussions of the larger calibers offered in both muzzleloading and cartridge guns. Both agreed that the .44 Rem. Magnum was probably the optimum caliber for North American deer and hog hunting used in either long-barreled revolvers or single-shot pistols such as the Thompson/Center Arms’ Contender and Encore handguns.

The author has used both the Traditions Buckhunter Pro and Thompson/Center Encore to take hogs.

  Detailed discussions were held on squirrel hunting, deer hunting, wild hog hunting and hunting African game. Common threads through the discussion was to use long-barreled guns with adjustable sights, shoot from rests and practice from actual field shooting positions to perfect the niceties of sight alignment, trigger pull and breath control.

  For hog hunting both preferred solid hard-cast bullets with sharp angular edges such as the Keith semi-wadcutter and Thompson/Center Maxi-Ball designs. For heavier species like Bison, Bill preferred the hollow-pointed Barnes copper bullets.

Porgie ready to eat.

  Cooking again brought up the popular dishes of squirrel dumplings, squirrel stew as well as a South African progie cooked in a cast-iron pot for about 3 hours.  

  Posts on  and videos on wmhoveysmith channel on  YouTube describe making dumplins, squirrel stew, progies, deer stew, cooking large fowl and other wild game dishes.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben permalink
    January 28, 2011 2:57 pm

    I have, of recent years, started packing a .22 revolver every time I hunt. It’s light and at point blank range will kill anything any N. America. It is a coup de gras firearm and has to date put down: hogs, coons, rabbits, an elk (yes) and whitetail. The larger animals were shot with size-appropriate weaponry and the the .22 was used to make the final kill to end things.

  2. October 31, 2013 7:20 am

    That is correct. I mostly use my pistols for handgun hunting. For many more details you can check out my new E-book, “Hunting Big and Small Game with Muzzleloading Pistols.” Killing a big game animal does not, for me, bring jumping up and down and whooping with joy. I am pleased to have taken some meat for my freezer and to demonstrate the sometimes arcane technology that I use. I respect the animals that I kill and fully realize that I have taken a creatures life that I may eat. If you want to see more on this point, check out some of my 170-odd YouTube videos.


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