You are looking for a revolver, suitable for whitetail deer hunting in upstate
NY and also suitable for home protection? (NOT concealed carry)
A few questions.
What range would a typical whitetail be taken at? (Brushy, stand shooting,
What's your experience level with revolvers? Likes and dislikes? Preference
for double or single action? How well do you shoot open sights?
Who else might use it for home protection? Can they handle recoil?
What kind of money do you want to spend?
My first thought would be a Ruger Redhawk with the integral scope
mount cuts. Or a 44 Blackhawk if you like single action. Not a HUGE
Ruger fan, but they do make good solid guns at a reasonable price.