Best Wheelguns for Big Game Hunting
By Kristin Alberts
Though long slide pistols are all the rage, nothing beats a solid revolver when handgun hunting. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
While there may be a rise in rounds like the 10mm in long-slide pistols, there’s no replacement for the reliability, durability and classic allure of the hunting revolver. Big game hunters shopping for a well-built wheelgun with stopping power need look no further than this handful.
Ruger Super Hawks
Hunters can bicker over which revolver is best for big-gaming and continue that debate even further into which classic Ruger wheelgun takes top billing—Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Redhawk or Super Redhawk. The short answer — choose from the myriad barrel lengths, grip types, sight options, and calibers because there’s doubt about the dependability of the Ruger “-hawk” guns.
The most popular hunting chambering choice among Ruger’s six-shooters has long been the .44 Magnum, but now Ruger has added more choices. Calibers allowing dual-chamberings in one platform will always be popular, like the .44 Mag/.44 Spl, .357 Mag/.38 Spl and .454 Casull/.45 Colt. Ruger has been producing these families of revolvers for many decades with used and new options abound.
Though any of the “-hawk” handguns will get the job done, our favorite is the Super Redhawk with