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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2022, 10:40:29 AM »
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2022, 11:29:08 AM »
I like most have shot them with a plethora of weapons including a .54 cal muzzleloader. I now a days either have my Encore with the 45/410 barrel (technically a pistol) or Browning Buckmark. Since I usually am going after grouse as a opportunity during deer or elk season I mainly use the Buckmark with a reddot and a suppressor so as not to scare off game for myself or others.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2022, 09:18:29 PM »
I do... keep a Ruger MKIII in the truck with a red dot and a full Volquartsen kit in the truck during hunting season... taken quite a few that way.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2022, 09:40:53 PM »
Anyone that has a pistol and see one during hunting season if not hunting big game, or gets bored hunting big game.🤣

There are quieter was to kill them.😉
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2022, 09:52:24 PM »
Anyone that has a pistol and see one during hunting season if not hunting big game, or gets bored hunting big game.🤣

There are quieter was to kill them.😉

I use my 300 Win Mag. Either take the head off, or miss close enough to knock it silly.
The last one I shot (no grouse where I hunt in OKC) was in Washington in 2014. I was on my hike in and did not want to spook everything using my rifle.
I used my .40 cal XD, on about a 15-20 yard shot, and blew the head off. I do practice a lot. But I have no doubt that shot was about as lucky as I can get.
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2022, 10:46:29 PM »
My problem is that I'm always in the situation of hunting out of a backpack for big game and either don't want to carry the extra weight of a .22 or am not comfortable making extra noise that could spook animals out of an area (or both).  An old timer I used to work with said he used to carry around a slingshot with balls of 6 shot wrapped up in tissue paper and that worked pretty well on stealth mode.  But haven't tried that out...

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2022, 11:02:15 PM »
You could carry a suppressed .22 pistol for just such an occasion.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2022, 11:21:09 PM »
Didnít spook any deer on these.  :chuckle:

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2022, 06:28:43 AM »
You could carry a suppressed .22 pistol for just such an occasion.




 :tup: Now THAT image is worth a thousand words about how "nobody uses a silencer for hunting!" Great shot, even though the photo isn't the best, taken with a flash at night, looks like.
But it DOES prove the value of a suppressor in the wilds. Good job!

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2022, 07:03:00 AM »
Our Ruger Sigle Six and Bearcat have killed a few.  Also used a Ruger Charger one year almost exclusively for grouse. 


Had huge clutches early this year in our area.  The rain and cold killed most.  Couple weeks ago we saw a few grouse that only had one or two babies with them.  We have a great population of grouse in the area we hunt them....but we also try not to over harvest them and not a lot of hunters in that area.  I predict a pretty average year this year....nothing great, but there will be grouse to be had. 

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2022, 09:31:03 AM »
Growing up in Minnesota, I was taught that it was sacrilegious to ground-swat a grouse, the same went for taking one from a tree. We only shot flushing birds and I thought everyone else did too. That was just how you were supposed to hunt. When I moved out to Montana for college and took my first grouse with a .22 I wasn't particularly proud of it, but it ate the same, and I realized that the .22 would put more meat in my freezer faster than my shotgun. I also realized that many of the things we think of as " hard and fast rules" of hunting are sometimes just aesthetic choices, or cultural norms in a particular area.

While I still prefer the aesthetics of grouse hunting with my dog and shotgun, I have come to love packing an old High Standard Supermatic .22 into the high country and head-shooting fat blue grouse up on those open ridgelines. I lean toward aiming high so the misses are clean, and if I empty my magazine or the grouse flies off, I count it same as a missed shot on a flushing bird.

Two months ago I placed 2nd in an informal .22 target match among 15 friends. I shot a vintage High Standard Supermatic Citation that I had never shot before. I was extremely impressed with that pistol and I'm looking to buy one now.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2022, 09:41:07 AM »
I have no "hero shots" of me posing with a dead grouse, but I've carried a S&W Kit Gun for years and have taken a couple. I prefer a revolver because of it's ability to shoot a variety of different sized shells. I actually started carrying a .22 when I encountered coyotes trying to lure my setter into an ambush. I now carry the S&W 317 kit gun, extremely lightweight - you don't even know you have it on your belt or in your vest pocket.
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2022, 10:35:53 AM »
what accuracy do you expect from your grouse pistol?



1" @ 25 yards?   


I'm about to shoot my PMR 30 for the first time, see how it goes

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2022, 10:45:03 AM »
I don't have a picture, but I have my Ruger MkII (10" barrel) in the vehicle for when I see a grouse snack while I'm driving to/from a hunting spot. 10" barrel is crazy accurate, even in my aging hands...  Way more accurate than the eyes that are shooting it.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2022, 11:24:27 AM »
what accuracy do you expect from your grouse pistol?



1" @ 25 yards?   


I'm about to shoot my PMR 30 for the first time, see how it goes

Ok, well....

1" @ 25 yards is WAY over optimistic after shooting this thing

I could barely keep a 4 inch group @ 15 yards  :(

I really wanted to take some pictures and brag, but I couldn't bring myself to get the phone out to snap pics  :chuckle:

further discussion will be in the PMR thread I started a while back

this is abut grouse hunting with a pistol!

 


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