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Grouse with handguns?
« on: July 31, 2016, 05:47:41 AM »
Show us your photos of grouse taken with sidearms.
You'll notice this one has its neck cricked. That's where I hit the bugger at about 20-25 yards up on South Cle Elum ridge. (On a past Sept. 1 opener, for everyone's edification.  :rolleyes:)



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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 09:48:59 AM »
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2016, 11:26:02 AM »
This thread just gave me a reason to buy a 22 handgun :tup:
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2016, 06:34:48 PM »
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2016, 07:38:51 PM »
Am I wrong? I thought grouse wasn't in season yet


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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2016, 07:41:48 PM »
Am I wrong? I thought grouse wasn't in season yet


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Have you ever taken a pic and posted it after season?
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 04:51:24 AM »
Am I wrong? I thought grouse wasn't in season yet


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Have you ever taken a pic and posted it after season?
:yeah:
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2016, 06:11:18 AM »
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2016, 09:26:45 PM »
Am I wrong? I thought grouse wasn't in season yet


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Have you ever taken a pic and posted it after season?
Yikes sorry for asking a question


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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2016, 11:07:38 AM »

Yikes sorry for asking a question

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 ;) Never be sorry for asking a question. Only be sorry for asking "that" question.  :chuckle:

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2016, 11:08:13 AM »
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2016, 11:13:44 AM »
I've taken them with a variety of .22LR handguns, and with standard velocity round-nose lead .38 specials out of a Ruger Security Six.  Damage is comparable with either, I highly recommend owning a .22LR handgun to anyone, but if cash is tight and you have a .38/.357 - you don't need a .22 to hunt grouse.
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2016, 12:29:23 PM »
Back when I was a rifle carryer I had a hip pack with 5 7x57 rounds that were loaded with lead bullets at approximately 900 fps.   Pencil poked grouse with very, very minimal meat damage.  Quiet also.   They shot below the crosshairs at 25 yards so I shot some targets to determine where to hold.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2016, 01:28:48 PM »
Done it with rifle's while out big game hunting but never with a handgun. Got two that would work well, High Standard HD Military with a 6" heavy barrel and a Smith mod 19 in 32 Long. These are my two favorite handguns. Grouse properly shot should be shot with a 28ga SxS over Setter's! lol
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2016, 01:45:01 PM »
I've shot plenty with my Browning Buckmark but never thought to take a picture.  I guess it didn't happen then huh?   :chuckle:  (Pic or it didn't happen!)
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2016, 02:36:12 PM »
Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter 44 mag. I shot him in the neck with a 300 grain Hornady XTP pushed by 19 grains of H110.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2016, 06:31:04 PM »
Many of blues have been campfire meals with the Slabside Competition shooting sub-sonics during the high hunt. Been several years since I've tried with a pistol, but the last was with the Taurus Tracker .17hmm revolver. No margin for error with the v-max bullets though.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2016, 04:59:38 PM »
I'm rather looking forward to this season. Opener is on a Thursday, and I'll be out there bringing law 'n order to the beasties!
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2016, 05:20:03 PM »
Got this one with a mix of .300 WM and Browning Buckmark pistol.  Winged it out of a tree at about 50 yards with my .300.  When it started to take off running my BIL handed me his pistol and the chase ensued.  Finally got it cornered and was able to finish it off with the .22.  Didn't get a pic with the pistol, but got this one on the hike back out after the morning elk hunt. 

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2016, 06:27:00 PM »
I usually just take the head off with my 300 win mag.
I always wanted to try some bird shot with my XD .40 cal though.
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2016, 08:48:28 PM »
I have hit and missed many grouse with many 22 pistols.
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2016, 07:10:35 AM »
As it turns out, this may be an opportunity-laden opener for me.
Ruger is introducing the Mark IV, a full upgrade of the famous .22 pistol and they're sending one for a T&E for a magazine article. As I did with the Ruger American .22 rifle a few years ago, I may get to take the first game with this pistol.
I'll certainly be writing about it.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2016, 05:31:48 PM »
As it turns out, this may be an opportunity-laden opener for me.
Ruger is introducing the Mark IV, a full upgrade of the famous .22 pistol and they're sending one for a T&E for a magazine article. As I did with the Ruger American .22 rifle a few years ago, I may get to take the first game with this pistol.
I'll certainly be writing about it.
That would be cool!

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2016, 02:26:46 PM »
What exactly are the restrictions with regards to hunting grouse with a handgun?

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2016, 02:40:34 PM »
Grouse can't be hunted with a .24 or larger caliber/ shotgun slug during modern deer/elk unless you have a tag for one of those species. That's the only restriction I know of and I remember it is a pain to find in the regs but I can't remember what page its on without pulling out the regs.
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2016, 02:43:59 PM »
So I can use my .380 pistol since it's open season for grouse, but isn't yet modern deer/elk season? I tried finding this in the books and couldn't find anything definitive.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2016, 02:58:08 PM »
pg 21 in the migratory and upland pamphlet

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2016, 06:20:15 PM »
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2016, 06:32:47 PM »
So I can use my .380 pistol since it's open season for grouse, but isn't yet modern deer/elk season? I tried finding this in the books and couldn't find anything definitive.

pg 21 in the migratory and upland pamphlet



Here is the wording copied from page 21:

Forest Grouse
Forest grouse may not be killed
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smaller than 24 caliber during the
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2016, 09:27:39 PM »
So you can use a .380 pistol as long as it isn't modern firearm deer or elk season? And I can use my .308 rifle to hunt grouse even if it is modern firearm season as long as I have a deer tag as well?

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2016, 10:04:05 PM »
So you can use a .380 pistol as long as it isn't modern firearm deer or elk season? And I can use my .308 rifle to hunt grouse even if it is modern firearm season as long as I have a deer tag as well?
what im getting from that, is that as long as it is deer or elk season, you can shoot a grouse with a .380 pistol. or a .308 rifle as long as you have a deer or elk modern tag..

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2016, 10:53:08 AM »
This law makes perfect sense. It's obviously just in case a hunter mistakes a deer for a grouse, at least they will still have the right tags.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2016, 03:45:43 PM »
Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter 44 mag. I shot him in the neck with a 300 grain Hornady XTP pushed by 19 grains of H110.

Did you get full penetration, and a good blood trail for tracking? What was the weight retention?  :tung:

I've thought about using my new-ish 460 S&W, think it'll kill em? J/K, actually I worked up some good shot loads for it for grouse, just for something different. This is at 7 yards, I think it'll do.


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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2016, 09:52:53 PM »
Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter 44 mag. I shot him in the neck with a 300 grain Hornady XTP pushed by 19 grains of H110.

Did you get full penetration, and a good blood trail for tracking? What was the weight retention?  :tung:

I've thought about using my new-ish 460 S&W, think it'll kill em? J/K, actually I worked up some good shot loads for it for grouse, just for something different. This is at 7 yards, I think it'll do.


Haha complete pass thru but no blood trail. Yeah that looks like it'll get the job done.

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2016, 05:51:51 AM »
Grouse with handguns

Up here in Stevens County , we don't allow grouse to carry handguns...Long guns only. :chuckle: :hello:
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2016, 08:59:52 AM »
anyone using the 410 loads out of a pistol? just curious what your range is? looks fun and convenient to carry a pistol on the hip. just for a back-up!
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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2017, 08:42:38 PM »

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Re: Grouse with handguns?
« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2017, 08:46:44 PM »
Grouse with handguns

Up here in Stevens County , we don't allow grouse to carry handguns...Long guns only. :chuckle: :hello:
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« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2017, 08:50:11 PM »
anyone using the 410 loads out of a pistol? just curious what your range is? looks fun and convenient to carry a pistol on the hip. just for a back-up!

I farthest shot with my judge I have taken about 35 ft. Worked just fine.

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« Reply #39 on: September 25, 2017, 08:25:57 PM »
.40 cal bird shot works great! Have harvested numerous grouse with my .40 cal using birdshot!

 

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