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.44 mag for deer?

Old 10-13-2009, 10:40 AM
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I hunt in New England and have had more success with my (old) Ruger .44mag carbine. Of course it all depends on the areas hunted. If I expect to see and shoot deer are distances greater than 100+ yards, I will take another rifle. But if I hunt the thick, nasty stuff, with close shots, my go-to gun is the .44mag. Plus, I have never shot a deer further than 40 yards with it and no deer has ever taken a second step.

If you expect to shoot at close range, the .44mag comes highly recommended from this NH hunter.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:40 AM
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44 mag is fine on deer.. I would say 100 yds or less no problems.. The Handi rifle is a pretty heavy little gun so that should help on the recoil..
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:00 PM
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good little brush carry gun. I love going into big time htivkets w/ that little gun! But then I am not going to shoot long range, very comfy 75 yards and under w/ agood shot picture.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:49 AM
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The recoil on a .44 mag in a rifle is hardly noticeable. The noise is what scares them the most. She will do fine with the .44. Good luck.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by trkytrack2 View Post
The recoil on a .44 mag in a rifle is hardly noticeable. The noise is what scares them the most. She will do fine with the .44. Good luck.
Agreed, I even removed the recoil pads on mine so they would fit my Grandsons better and they still had no problem with recoil.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:15 PM
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Default Pistol Cartridge Only

As mentioned, the State of Indiana only allows pistol cartridges. You can't use a high powered rifle, i.e. 243, 270, 25-06. The cartridge can't be more the 1.16 inches long. I have a 44mag and shoot the Hornady ammo and it shoots great out to 100 yards. I can drill the center of a pie plate all day long. My wife uses the .44 mag as well and with all the clothes she wears hunting, the recoil is never an issue.

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Old 10-16-2009, 09:28 AM
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Thats gonna be a lot of power for her... but for a grown man... no prob.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:36 AM
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I bought my girlfriend a .44 mag H&R Handi single shot last week. We went to my farm and I shot it just enough to get the scope close for her then I gave it to her. Her first shot was dead on at 40 yards. She said she absolutley loves the gun! If it does a good jod on the deer she is going to shoot I would reccomed this gun for all the ladies out there.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:02 AM
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that wuld be perfect. ive killed two deer with a 44 mag rifle. try hornady lever evolution ammo. it does a number on deer
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:18 AM
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I've hunted witha 357 mag handi rifle for the past two years and takin some good deer. This year I traded up to a marlin 1894 and so far it seems like its gonna be a great brush gun. I would definately go for it. I don't know if your in indy or not but the gander mountain on the northside has a nice scoped combo for $350.
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