I have killed deer with a dozen different wheel guns but never with an auto loader. I have killed them from almost point blank all the way out to a couple hundred yards with the wheel guns.
My buddy made a suggestion a few weeks back that we use 45 autos this year to kill our deer. I laughed at him at first but when he didn't laugh back I knew he was serious. I have owned a few different 1911's over the years but they were usually just trading stock and I never became very proficient with one. Yesterday I picked up a Dan Wesson Pointman/Seven. Another first..the first Dan Wesson I've ever owned. I like the ergonomics of the gun as it seems like a well done up rig.
I took it and a box of hardball to the range last night for a test run. I concider my self to be as good as any in these parts with a wheel gun. However I couldn't hit a fat cow in the ass with my new 45 auto. Ok maybe I'm exagerating a little but I am used to hitting milk jugs full of water at 100 yds almost every shot with my wheel guns. I had to move the milk jug all the way in to 30 yrds and it was still safe half the time. I would just blame it on the gun but I had my buddies Gold Cup National Match with me and the results were just as ugly.
So here's the deal...I've got until the middle of December to get this ironed out. I am not one for crippling game so practice I will. I have killed well over 100 deer in my life and have only lost one and I remember that one more than the ones hanging on the wall. I will limit my shots to pretty much "bow range". Now guys this ain't no trophy hunt! If bambi walks by, long eyelashes and all the hammer will drop!
So what do you think guys? Am I nuts?( OK thats a given) I'd like some input on load suggestions. What do you think of the DW Pointman?