This is a tough one. I have several S&W 629 44 mags and each one has its merits. I also have a Ruger Bisley 44 Magnum. The heaviest of my 44 Magnums' is my Performance Center 44 Magnum Hunter Plus
This particular pistol has a custom-made Walther progressive twist
7.5" barrel, a full underlug & plank side with a scope rail. It's deadly accurate to about 125 yards with a standard 2X pistol scope.
My other Smith & Wesson is a "629 CLASSIC"
. It has a 6.5" barrel with a full underlug. It has an optional scope mount but I use the iron sights on this one.
This 44 is accurate to about 75 yards if you can see your target with the iron sights. However, it does best at about 50 yards. Because it's considerably lighter than the S&W 44 Mag Hunter Plus
, it has a lot more "felt recoil" with maximum loads.
This is my "BAD BOY" 44 Magnum. It's a Ruger BISLEY 44 Magnum
. This pistol will shoot super hot loads that no other 44 Magnum can handle
, including my S&W Hunter Plus.
It's deadly accurate with iron sights up to about 75 yards and it has about 20% more knockdown power than my Smith & Wesson's. The felt recoil with the Bisley is brutal as it is the lightest of my 44's, and shoots the hottest loads. My typical load is a 330 grain hard cast bullet powered with 25.5 grains of H110 powder, ignited with CCI Magnum primers. My S&W's do best with 240 grain factory loads.
For North American Deer hunting any of these 44' Mags will work well. When I hunt for Feral Pigs, I use my Bisley exclusively. My S&W Hunter Plus is best for long-range shots, but it's also my most expensive 44 Mag as well.