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Old 08-21-2011, 11:05 PM   #11
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I'm pretty sure a 45/70 ain't legal to deer hunt with in In. Of course I could be wrong.

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my ruger 44 carbine is a solid 1.5-2 inch rifle at 100 yards. i have the tube magazine version. picked it up at a gunshow for 450$. previous owner claimed it was a pos cuz it didnt work. all it needed was a good cleaning.

there arent a whole lot of spare parts for these rifles but the earlier pre-deerfield are built like a tank unlike most of rugers current rifles.

you might do better with a 45-70 lever gun
Even a .30-30 or .32 special. Wait, The OP is limited to pistol cartridges!
One of the advantages I have found w/ .44-40 over .44Mag is ammo availibility.
I could go into a gun shop down the street and they had at least 3 flavors of .44-40, 2 of which were suitable for hunting. It was cheaper then almost everything in .44 mag, .357 mag, .45 Colt. W/ reloading I can reload 160gr Cast lead for some Varmint/Coyote fun, 205gr SP for whitetail, or 200..205gr Cast lead for either. Now granted out of a revolver its' numbers are low, but out of a 24" tube it is very close to a .44 mag from a 16" tube. It is sooo cheap to reload for. 500 lubed 160gr cast lead cost 17.00, A pound of Unique cost 16.00, Primers, those I have plenty of.
Bullet: 3.4 cents, Powder: 1.85 cents, Primer: 4 cents. Even buying 100 pieces of New brass was cheap, .17 each, not to mention The 500 from commercail ammo. 3 of the 5 boxes I purchased were $12.00 each, 1, 14.00, 1, 16.00 per 50.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:02 AM   #13
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I went with a lever gun for .44 Mag because I knew recoil was going to

be a cuss. I figured there wouldn't be much rapid fire, in any event.

Not that you need it with .44 Mag...

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cant go wrong with a .44

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:31 AM   #15
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If your intrested in a nice lever action rifle check out mossberg. I was looking for one and was going to get a marlin but found a mossberg brand new for a price i couldnt beat. I love it and find it to have more then the marlin had to offer. I like the marlin but mossberg has always done me right and is one of my fav guns! Just my 2 cents anyway

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I'd say go with the Marlin or maybe check out a Rossi.

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Thanks for all the replies so far.

My home state of Indiana doesnt allow for big bore center fire rifles. Only pistol caliber rifles, hence the .44 mag. If IN wasnt a silly state and allowed for "real rifles", i would be using one of my .35 Rems or the Rem. Model Four 30-06


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I deer hunt with a Handi Rifle in 280 rem., it is very accurate & maneuverable in a blind. As the saying goes: One shot / One kill.
If you read the rest, you will see i have a 1 shot/1 kill gun already in the safe...a CVA Wolf .50 muzzle loader that shoots sub 1" groupings @ 100 yds.

From a couple weeks ago dialing in new scope mounted on the Wolf...




and a shot from last season...68 yds. confirmed w/range finder AFTER the fact...

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[QUOTE=fmj;567574]Thanks for all the replies so far.





If you read the rest, you will see i have a 1 shot/1 kill gun already in the safe...a CVA Wolf .50 muzzle loader that shoots sub 1" groupings @ 100 yds.
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I understood from the jump that you were looking for a pistol caliber, and that you have a muzzleloader. I referenced my Handi Rifle for the benefit of the concept, not the caliber of the rifle. A Handi Rifle in 44 mag would probably milk all the performance out of the cartridge possible for accuracy and range. A Ruger carbine will function, but not likely as well as the longer barrel of the H-R.

Good luck finding a rifle that meets your requirements and budget.

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If you do like nice wood grain,

the Marlin Lever Rifle can be had in Black Walnut,

which is a very fine looking rifle stock.

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I have Deer hunted all over the States and most of Canada with a Remington model seven in 7mm-08. Best gun I own, and I have a bunch!!!

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