.44 Mag vs. .357 for Hunting + other fun!

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  1. Feb 25, 2014 #1
    NWPistol

    NWPistol XDTalk 100 Member

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    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!
     
  2. Feb 25, 2014 #2
    DevJames

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    Why not go right in the middle with the .41 Magnum.

    It brings bigger power over the .357 but shoots flatter than the heavy .44
     
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    I really love the .357 magnum, but since you have an 1894 in .44 magnum, I'd go with that. Probably a 629.

    I've been dreaming about an 1894 in .357 magnum to go with my revolvers for years, but they're quite scarce.

    The .357 is a fairly short range hunting caliber, maybe 50 yds maximum from the handgun. You can get a little more out of the .44.
     
  4. Feb 25, 2014 #4
    DevJames

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    If the primary use is hunting, check out some Ruger Blackhawks. Fun guns, very strong, accurate and affordable. Plenty of caliber and barrel options too.
     
  5. Feb 25, 2014 #5
    dw32005

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    I've used a 44 the past couple seasons. Havn't had a lot of luck, but not the guns fault. The ones that were close enough to shoot, were just to darned small for my liking. I had a 7.5 super black hawk, loved the thing but it just wasn't as good a shooter as the 629 for me in the accuracy and the recoil areas.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2014 #6
    Cuda66

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    I'd go with .44, myself. .357 will get the job done, but it has it's limitations.

    And while I won't call you a liar; you saw what you saw. But, I will daresay you misinterpreted what you saw; most likely the deer LEPT upward on impact (not uncommon); you thought it was knocked backwards by the impact--which is physically impossible.

    If you doubt this, go to your local bowling alley and get a used pin. It weighs around 3.5 pounds. Shoot it with that .357, and see how far it moves...then extrapolate that movement into a mass 30-40x greater.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2014 #7
    DevJames

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    Ah bowling pins. Proof energy numbers don't mean a hill of beans in stopping power.

    I need to get some more. They can take a thrashing from all manner of weapons.
     
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    Cuda66

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    It definitely disproves the myth of "knockdown power".

    I've only had one handgun caliber move a pin in a way that could be considered spectacular--and that was .500 S&W.

    Threw that pin about 20 feet...
     
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    john_bud

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    I'd go .44 over 357 every day. Heck, I went .454 casull for my hunting pistol. This last season it bagged a bambi, dropping it in its shadow....after blowing through a 1.5 inch sapling that I didn't even notice prior to firing.

    And same gun is great for bears. Bigger is better.
     
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    Keltyke

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    Or just ask your local high school physics professor to explain why this isn't so. "For every action there is an EQUAL and opposite reaction". If the round knocked over a deer, the recoil would knock over the shooter. As for people in the movies being blown backward 10' by a shotgun blast - well. I won't even go there.
     

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