|What about shot placement? Where should I be holding at an average distance with a handgun? Heart/Lungs or Head/Neck? Maybe it's more of a personal choice but just want to know what everyone thinks. I have a blackhawk in .357 that will be on my hip this hunting season.
Not to sound like a [wise-guy] but it depends on how well you shoot the handgun.
If you think you might miss, go for the head, then it's either hit or miss. The .357, while very powerful, doesn't give too much room for error. If you're very good with it and confident that you'll get a good heart shot, by all means go for the heart/lungs.
What're you using, bullet-wise? hopefully nothing smaller than the 158gr.
I've head-shot deer with .357 using 158gr swc handloads (finishing shots) and they don't need a second follow-up. However, the same can be said for my follow-up shot I made with a 115gr 9mm JHP.
My sidearm when hunting is my .41mag Blackhawk, but I do have a .357 Blackhawk that I carried before I got the .41. Personally, I considered the .357 only as a follow-up gun, while I'd have more confidence in the .41 for a primary hunting gun.
However, If I'm going to use a handgun as my primary hunting gun, it's my .44 Super Blackhawk.
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