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    Fell in his tracks from a 125 shot....it was a 41 instead of a 44, but not much difference between them.



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    I've shoot several deer and one Hawg with 44mg Ruger SBH. All from 30 to 50yds and all one shot kills. 240gr JHPs/ 22.5gr 2400. I have never killed deer with a 44 carbine, mostly cause I never carried one much when I had better choices. Presently have a 1894 and #3 Ruger in 44mg. Both are zeroed for dead on at 60yds and both will shoot under 2" at 100yds. Would feel comfortable out to 125yds and 44 is more than enough for deer. I had not much interest in 44 carbines until they ended up legal in our Ohio deer season for straight case -.38 minimum.
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    bushangler,

    I see you favor the Ruger 44 Carbine. Very fine rifle. Too bad reloading hotrods caused them to discontinue the design. My absolute favorite carbine of all time! Twilight eyecup on a Williams peep with the factory gold dot on the front post. Hard not to get a clear sight picture.
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    A good .44 has the power and accuracy out to 100 yards to do for any deer in North America, and if you can master a real swoopy trajectory, it can go longer. Around here, the shots we get rarely stretch to 100 yards, and are more like 25-75 yards. A .44 Magnum or .45 Colt carbine in this territory is darned close to perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushangler View Post
    Iím a bit partial to 44mag rifles but Iíve had awesome luck with them on critters.
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    Looking at the ballistics, the 30-30 delivers far more energy than the 44 mag at any distance.
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    Thanks to all that gave me Feedback that I needed.So good to hear the success you all had with the 44 magnum.A lot of Bear hunters in Virginia use them for Bear hunting and swear by them.So light to carry if you are following the dogs.A 44 mag or 30-30 is what they use here.Keep the Feedback coming its nice to hear from actual users of the Guns and Caliber of the 44 magnum!Thanks Again!!Cant wait until I sell my Remington 7600 with a Burris Scope in 25-06 to help finance my Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine with the awesome Octagon Barrel!!Love those Beautiful Henrys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslugger View Post
    I have to shoot something that anchors a deer fast because if he crosses the Creek the other landowner hates Hunters and thats my problem.
    I had a crotchety neighbor a few years back and needed the same. The 35 Remington never let me down, but my area is small and you never know when a deer's going to come along that defies nature and runs dead on its feet.

    I picked up a 444 Marlin, and they have not left the footprints they were standing in since I started using it. I've since then picked up a 44 mag & wondered the same thing. I know they don't compare ballisticly, but the 44 mag sure seems like it would drop them in their tracks. I've just never tested it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoopDeckPappy View Post
    bushangler,

    I see you favor the Ruger 44 Carbine. Very fine rifle. Too bad reloading hotrods caused them to discontinue the design. My absolute favorite carbine of all time! Twilight eyecup on a Williams peep with the factory gold dot on the front post. Hard not to get a clear sight picture.
    Yes, I like them, I now have 3 of them and 2 of the 96/44ís. Theyíre both too heavy to tote around the mountains but make awesome stand guns around home.

    Iíve killed my share of deer with 44 mags and donít see any need for any real hot rod loads.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslugger View Post
    Thanks to all that gave me Feedback that I needed.So good to hear the success you all had with the 44 magnum.A lot of Bear hunters in Virginia use them for Bear hunting and swear by them.So light to carry if you are following the dogs.A 44 mag or 30-30 is what they use here.Keep the Feedback coming its nice to hear from actual users of the Guns and Caliber of the 44 magnum!Thanks Again!!Cant wait until I sell my Remington 7600 with a Burris Scope in 25-06 to help finance my Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine with the awesome Octagon Barrel!!Love those Beautiful Henrys!!
    If DOA is what youíre after you already have a perfect rifle. 26-06 and 270 are 2 of the absolute best boom flop deer cartridges ever made.

    With either 30-30 or 44 youíre taking a big step down in energy.


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