I use a Ruger Blackhawk .357 mag for deer and my stepdad uses a Redhawk .44 mag. They both work great in ground blinds.Hey I was wondering if any of you open carriers might know a forum that has people hunting with pistols? If not I was wondering whats a pistol that you prefer to hunt deer,and bear with? Also what caliber you would prefer? And please consider range and a scope I like to shoot as far as I can. I'm looking forward to hunting some deer and bear this year with a new pistol and to also take it along when I hunt bear with my bow this year.