I hope so, I'd like to find out what I've been doing wrong all these years!
what techniques are you interested in? If hunting with a hand gun, ALWAYS use a rest. If target shooting ,follow the rules set up for the game ! Pretty simple to say darned hard to do some times! jh
I'll surely show my age in this reply. Years ago, just about every gun rag on the market, had at least one issue a year devoted to handgun hunting. Today most devote most of their page space to self defense. Now, I consider self defense important, but the magazines aren't paying much attention to us people who enjoy shooting at something other than our fellow man. Some of the older books, such as "Pioneering Handgun Hunting" by Al Georg may be of your interest. Also, articles by Dick Metcalf might help, he used to write about the hunting field alot. Also, Skeeter Skelton used to put several articles out about the subject.
You can get a lot of good ideas from "Hunting for Handgunners" by Jones and Kelly. It's fun to read also.
The key technique in handgun hunting is to be agressive about finding a rest to shoot from before you take a shot. There are fewer options for good rests with handgun hunting that there are with rifle hunting.
Consistency in where you hold the 'grip frame', how hard you hold onto the 'grip frame', where you rest the gun(I rest it on the bottom of the grip frame when at a bench), how you hold it if using two hands, and sight alignment are all critical. Ross Seyfreid (sp?) wrote about how important this consistency is to good shooting of handguns. He had been a champion handgunner at one time. If you have any gun shows near you pay attention to the 'literature' for sale-especially the older stuff.
When practicing, pay attention to all the factors mentioned above to see what "consistently" provides you with the best results. Take notes on your targets to allow you to compare and to remember how you achieved
good results. It sure has helped me.
Incidentally, with hard-recoiling magnums I use a rather relaxed hold to let the gun move without restricting it as much. I also like Hogue rubber grips on the .44s I've shot; including the single-actions. The 'grooved' grips provide for consistency in where I hold onto the gun. I also pray for help with this hobby - and I mean that sincerely.
Sheriff Jim Wilson, who writes for Shooting Times magazine, also puts out an occasional article about handgun hunting, he is pretty knowledgeable. In my opinion, it isn't that much different from any other hunting. You must use the right bullet and weapon for the particular game you are hunting, and you must be able to put that bullet where you want it to hit. My style of hunting is that I like to get close, like a bowhunter, so I use revolvers. I started using handguns after one year of shotgun hunting, and it is a real passion of mine.
I have shot 3 deer in the past two years with my .480, but every time I go out with my .357, I get skunked. Well, I am going to leave the .480 at home for the whole season (except bear season), and hopefully finally score with the ol' 686. With open sights, I hope to get a shot less than 40 yards.
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