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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Under a Hemlock in the rain
Re: 44 mag and deer
technically, yes. but i'm a big believer in using as much gun as you can shoot accurately. as with anything, shot placement is key. i recovered a deer that someone shot with a 44 revolver too far back and right below the spine. the deer ran and we didn't find it til next morning. when i butchered it i saw where the bullet passed right below the spine and out the other side with little damage. remington factory loads, 245 grain. on the other hand, my son shot one in the exact same spot this year with a 338 federal and it dropped it on the spot and it was dead by the time we got to it. massive wound. a high powered rifle will be more forgiving of poor shot placement than a handgun round or varmint round. if you are going to hunt with a 44, make sure you can shoot it well and take only good shots.
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