I finally bought something that I have wanted for about 30 years. I got sidetracked on M1s, M1903s, M1As and the three Milspec 5rs, but finally came home with a Marlin .44 Mag carbine to complement my .44Mag and .44spl revolvers.
I started deer hunting again about 5 years ago and have been using M1A and the .308 Milspec 700 but they are heavy to hold in a small tree stand for several hours. Most shots are 100 yds or less so the carbine should be just the ticket.
Tomorrow will be a day at the range for its trial by paper. I will shoot some of my handgun reloads in it just to try it out. That will be a fairly mild mag with 255 gr. semi wad cutters. They shot well in my .444 so they should be as good in the .44. I will save the hotter jacketed loads for hunting since bullets are impossible to get these days.
I'm excited about it and can't wait to hear this little gun pop. Kinda crazy for a 69yo man isn't it?