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I am new to deer hunting and live in Indiana. I am wanting to use a rifle but I am limited t pistol caliber rifles. What would be best to use for White Tail, 45 colt or 44 mag? Keep in mind I will be using factory loads.
Why are you limited to pistol calibers?
I would go with the .44 mag unless you handload. The .44 should be good to 75-100 yards if you sight it in well enough.
I would go with the .44 mag 240 grain hollow point. I hunted with a .243 up until last year and switched to the .44 due to thicker hunting area. If you hunt where the big bucks are it's usaually thick and your farthest shot will be under a 100 yds usually. I killed a nice 4 yr old 8pt, 16 in spread with my 1894 cowboyII marlin lever in .44 cal. dropped in his tracks. He was about 75yd. Nikon 2.5 x 7 scope is very nice add on. I've also taken numerous does however I head shoot them because you waist meat shooting in the body. Hope this helps.
Either will do, though you will probably find better factory loads in .44 Mag. Buffalo Bore and others produce some very high powered .45 Colt loads but you might have trouble finding them and they might be too long for some cylinders. If you like double action, then most likely a .44Mag. If single action, then .45 Colt.
Forgot to mention - can also shoot .44 specials out of the .44 Mag. Also, don't discount he .41 Mag.
.44 Mag, hands down...
Don't hunt big game with hollow points. They don't penetrate well at all. They are designed to not penetrate much, and we should all know that penetration is key to clean kills.
You can buy an H&R rifle in .500 S&W Magnum for real cheap, just so you know. Otherwise, .44 Mag. H&R has that covered too.
If you have a shotgun with an interchangeable barrel, you might want to consider getting a slug barrel that will fit your gun. You'd save some cash.
yes 44manglem isa good round for deer, bear,moose and avariety of other mid-large critters,hand loads are the way ,learn your weights an volocities,load for the critter ya hunt,very vesitile and powerful.although i like to hunt with a357 mag/s/w lite,fast deadly ,about 100yards.I know a few guys that hunt with t/c 44mags,one of them shot abuck at over 150yards!they also practice at 200yd plus! happy hunting...
The .44 mag wins in my books. More knockdown power! No doubt about it!
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