I'm not sure about the bear situation in your end of Tennessee, but here in West Tennessee a 357 works pretty well on whitetails and smaller. If you're dealing with bears, the 44 might be a better choice.
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357 Magnum For when you just absolutely, positively have to shoot something.
A good combo would be 357 and 35 rem plus 44 and 444.
or 338mxlr would do it all.
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44 would be my choice
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Although the.357 is moer fun as a plinker, the 44 ,I think, is more versatile. Especaily if you are planning on using itfor deer. I have killed elk with mine.
Whe hunting, the 44 goes in the scabbard. For summer pack trips and general riding inthe mountains during the off seaosn, I take the .357.
Just like everyone else has said... what does it matter? You're gonna end up with both of them anyway. And that's exactly what happened to me. They are both great rifles and both have their place. My 1894c .357 has replaced my 22 as a plinking rifle. Now I reload and cast my own bullets so I'm able to put together a box of 100 rounds for just a shade over 8 bucks a box...
And I also like the comment about getting the .357 and a 35 Remington... sounds eerily familiar (check my sig...).
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For plinking the 1894 357mag. For close up deer hunting the 44mag. Both will kill a NYS southern zone size deer and northern zone deer are a little larger. But in my opinion either one shouldn't be used on deer of either zone. Also shot on deer and back bear should not be over 50 yards. Oh boy am I going to hear it from the 357mag. & 44mag. guys, please lets not go there it's just my opinion.
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If your gonna be deer huntin with it, get the 44 mag. Bang/Flop, Less blood trails to have to track.
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I have a JM 1894SS in 44 mag and a REP 1894C 357 mag, both are equally awesome with the 1894C being slightly more accurate, I recommend BOTH!!
My recommendation would be if you do more plinking than hunting go with the 357 mag and vice versa. Both can fill both roles but excel at different things.