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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #45 on: July 03, 2022, 01:21:11 PM »
I got my Model 41 to replace a Ruger MkI that my ex threatened to shoot me with. :yike: After that the Ruger lost it's allure. :chuckle: I bought the S&W in the late 70's, the price was less than $300 at the time.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #46 on: July 03, 2022, 02:39:51 PM »
I do.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #47 on: July 03, 2022, 03:42:31 PM »
I love my Colt Woodsman for grouse.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #48 on: July 03, 2022, 06:33:00 PM »
Just bought a sig 938 22 for grouse. Havent got it yet thanks to the 10 day wait period which is ridiculous given my collection.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #49 on: July 03, 2022, 07:00:14 PM »
I do.

WELL DONE! Never cared for optical sights myself, but I see they definitely agree with you!!!!
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #50 on: July 04, 2022, 08:02:48 AM »
I do.

Could you please identify the model of that pistol and the grips?  Looks like an older Buckmark.
Thx!   
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #51 on: July 04, 2022, 09:10:37 AM »
Browning Challenger. Best 600 bucks I ever spent in 1990.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #52 on: July 04, 2022, 09:40:14 AM »
When I turned 40, my eyes started going and I started getting hungry during deer season. I put a 2x7 Swift scope on it and quit going hungry. A few years later while discussing some parts for the pistol with a guy in St. Louis Missouri (who purchased all of the parts stock Browning had for these pistols)  he said, he'd been using one of the 4 inch barreled Challengers with an Aim Point red dot in competitions for years and that set up was far better than the scope. I had to try it because, well why not. The time it took to find the bird in the scope was rediculous. Any self respecting Blue Grouse that sat in a tree that long, deserved to become dinner. After putting the Holosun red dot sight on, the gun became a true Grouse getter. It's so much faster to acquire your target that it's almost unfair to the Ruffed Grouse. I even carry it when I'm Grouse hunting with the dogs so I can shoot the Blues when they land in the big Ponderosas or Tamaraks and I don't want to pepper with a 6 shot 20 gauge. Now I just wish I could find a holster for it. Probably end up having to make one, one of these days.

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #53 on: July 04, 2022, 03:36:15 PM »
When I turned 40, my eyes started going and I started getting hungry during deer season. I put a 2x7 Swift scope on it and quit going hungry. A few years later while discussing some parts for the pistol with a guy in St. Louis Missouri (who purchased all of the parts stock Browning had for these pistols)  he said, he'd been using one of the 4 inch barreled Challengers with an Aim Point red dot in competitions for years and that set up was far better than the scope. I had to try it because, well why not. The time it took to find the bird in the scope was rediculous. Any self respecting Blue Grouse that sat in a tree that long, deserved to become dinner. After putting the Holosun red dot sight on, the gun became a true Grouse getter. It's so much faster to acquire your target that it's almost unfair to the Ruffed Grouse. I even carry it when I'm Grouse hunting with the dogs so I can shoot the Blues when they land in the big Ponderosas or Tamaraks and I don't want to pepper with a 6 shot 20 gauge. Now I just wish I could find a holster for it. Probably end up having to make one, one of these days.

HA!  This whole thread has inspired me to write my next online American Handgunner column about potting small game with pistols, and I have just GOT to quote part of this.

As for a holster.... contact me off-list .
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2022, 12:10:29 PM »
Just out of curiosity...what ammunition works best for everybody?

Hollowpoints? 

Round nose lead 40-grainers?

Plated?

Stingers? 

I personally have tried just about everything there is, and either the round-nose lead or a plated hollowpoint has worked best for me over the years.

The pictured 10/22 below is the rifle I used in a GUN WORLD article several years ago on plinking, with which I shot wood kitchen matches at 25 yards off a sandbag rest. The scope is a Bushnell, and it is a dandy.


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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #55 on: July 07, 2022, 03:21:15 PM »
These are strange times, most of the ammo I have been shooting, vermin, not grouse have been 50+ year old whatever I can scrounge.  No misfires, normal accuracy

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #56 on: July 08, 2022, 04:49:41 PM »
These are strange times, most of the ammo I have been shooting, vermin, not grouse have been 50+ year old whatever I can scrounge.  No misfires, normal accuracy

Modern ammunition if kept cool and dry can last a remarkably long time!
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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #57 on: July 08, 2022, 04:53:38 PM »
Browning Challenger. Best 600 bucks I ever spent in 1990.


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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #58 on: July 08, 2022, 09:10:44 PM »
Well  Dave you've got me thinking about a .22 pistol. Any recommendations that error towards affordability and function rather than prices and cosmetics?

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Re: WHO SHOOTS GROUSE WITH A PISTOL?
« Reply #59 on: July 10, 2022, 08:33:29 AM »
Well  Dave you've got me thinking about a .22 pistol. Any recommendations that error towards affordability and function rather than prices and cosmetics?

I think for price and ease of disassembly for cleaning, the Ruger MKIV is a very good possibility.
Don't overlook Browning's Buckmark models, either.

Both are, in my humble estimation, very accurate and reliable. Shop around, compare prices. Check out the websites of both companies for an idea about price. As noted earlier in this thread, I own a MKIV, and it is a delight.  (I'd probably say the same if I owned a Browning  ;) )
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