How many people use a handgun for dispatching deer?
When still allowed in the UK, I did a fair bit of pistol shooting and owned several. I have also had a permit for a .32. for dispatching foxes[I was the hunt terrierman]
Having dealt with many RTA's and wounded deer I can't see the point of a hand gun.
When dealing with rta's I normally take
in an area with housing and public - a .22 rifle [moderated]
open countryside- deer rifle and a shotgun.
If you a close enough to use a pistol , why not use a shotgun, which has been proven as the most effective weapon at close range on any species of animal.
I get the impression that the ownership of a handgun is more of an "ego" thing rather than a practile solution.
I'd be keen to hear others opinion