So, I wanted to get some thoughts from you experts out there on your opinions between a .44 mag vs. .357 mag for a deer hunting pistol. I'm in the market...but wanted some thoughts. To be fair, I'll share mine - if it's any consolation! I am tending toward the .44 mag just because I already have a 1894 Marlin .44 mag lever action - and it keeps my calibers in line. I have a buddy who has a .357 - and it's a fun gun to shoot. This last year, we had to track a deer I shot at night, which is perhaps a story for another time regarding the interesting chase that included a Lumenok marker running through the woods...yes, it was bow season during firearms...so, it's cool. The vital shot with the bow was impressive (they all are...) but this maniac wouldn't stop. We got close enough and my buddy dropped a .357 round through the deer to end the chase. Call me a liar if you will, but I know what I saw. This deer went airborne on impact and it was over! So, the .357 has some muscle...and I often wondered what would have happened if that were a person in self-defense mode with a secret under the bed...but, deer are the odds on favorite for use! Considering these elements -- I think either can work very well...but, would like to hear from those with experience. I know, personal preference will rule the day - so if you have any really cool stories about deer drops with your gun - that might help! Thank you!