By Pete Rogers
Easing the hammer back on the .44 Remington Magnum, the big boar came to a stop. He stood facing me at 20 yards away. The red dot of my TruGlo optic found the center of his neck, and with a gentle squeeze of the trigger, ended it.
That was the first of many more successful hunts with my different revolvers.
Handgun hunting has its circles of dedicated hunters and many find that it resembles archery hunting, but with one big exception—it’s a lot louder!
When breaking into the realm of hunting handguns, new users can be overwhelmed with the choices of guns available.
For the larger calibers, big wheel guns rule the day. These beefy framed guns can handle all of the abuse large calibers muster, and do so comfortably.
I began handgun hunting in the mid-1990s and fell in love with the challenge and the skill of executing a perfect shot on game with a large handgun.
The .44 Rem. Magnum is a favorite due to several factors. It is readily available, it’s accurate, and it’s big enough to take the biggest game in North America.
Here’s my list of the five best revolvers for big game hunting.
- Taurus Raging Hunter in .44 Rem. Magnum – Introduced in 2018, this beautiful hand canon quickly became a must-have for most handgun hunters. The 6-shot revolver carries an 8 3/8” shrouded barrel with built-in muzzle breaks. It is the finest revolver available today.
At this year’s NRA show, Taurus introduced the Raging Hunter in two new calibers for this year. The .357 S&W and the .454 Casull. Both will be available this year.
- Ruger Blackhawk in .41 Rem. Magnum – This old school beauty is as much fun to shoot as any of these listed. Top it with a reliable scope and you have a trusty 6-shot revolver that can handle most game available. It should be topped with a good optic to enhance visibility over the blade front sight.
- Smith and Wesson, Model 460XVR – This beast of a handgun in the .460 S&W is a behemoth of a gun, but will kill anything that walks the planet. If you want a handgun that will protect you and kill anything, this may be the best of the best for that requirement. The gun weighs 72 ounces (4.5 lbs.) which helps with the brutal recoil.
- Freedom Arms Model 83 in .500 Wyoming Express – The .500 Wyoming Express is one of the biggest handguns made. The proprietary round sends a 440-grain bullet at a blistering 1400 fps. It is quickly becoming a favorite among dedicated handgun hunters. Built to be the biggest and the best .50 caliber handgun cartridge, Freedom Arms may have just achieved this.
- Taurus Raging Bull in .454 Casull – When the Raging Bull first emerged, it was with mixed reviews. Many wondered why someone would need a big handgun with a .454 Casull caliber. The fact is, no one needs one, we just want one. Loved for its accuracy and stopping power, the Raging Bull .454 Casull is a beautiful handgun and one that can produce deadly and accurate groups, capable of stopping the biggest of game.
Handgun hunting is a lot of fun and challenging. You need to be close and execute the shot perfectly to make a clean, ethical kill.
Choose any of these revolvers for your next hunting handgun and you cannot go wrong.