Hunters like challenges. For those select few who like the challenge of getting as close to their prey as possible, hunting with a handgun might be just the thing. Like rifles and shotguns, handguns come in a variety of styles, sizes and capabilities to fit any hunter’s needs or tastes, whether they prefer single-shots, revolvers or pistols. When it comes to hunting revolvers, there’s a lot to choose from, as several manufacturers make a number of revolvers well suited for hunting any creature that walks, crawls or slithers across this planet.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the best hunting revolvers out there right now. But before we get into different brands of handguns, new and experienced handgunners should consider the action type, frame size, barrel length, accuracy and available chamberings. These days, the term “handgun” may not mean small or even hip portable. Some revolvers are massive fire-belching hand cannons that work amazingly well at rifle distances, but if portability and stealth are what lured you to handgun hunting, then you have some choices.

For more information about the hunting revolvers featured in the gallery above, go to the following sites.

Freedom Arms Model 83

Magnum Research BFR

Ruger GP100

Ruger New Model Blackhawk

Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk

Ruger Redhawk

Ruger Super Redhawk

Smith & Wesson Model 29

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 629

Smith & Wesson Model 57

Smith & Wesson Model 586

Smith & Wesson Model 686

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 460 XVR

Smith & Wesson Model S&W500

Taurus Raging Bull

This article was originally published in “The Complete Book of Revolvers” 2017 #199. To order a copy, visit

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