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Absolutely adequate. Nine deer since I've been hunting with my S&W 329PD 44 Magnum. That's a Leupold Delta Point on top.
That gun has the worst recoil that I have ever experienced in a handgun(and yes I've shot most all of the big ones). Credit to you pulling the trigger at least nine times [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/images/Huntingpa_toucan/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/IMG]
Recoil is really manageable with my reloads in the 44 Special range. I'm getting complete pass through and one shot kills. Big heavy slow cast bullets are like the Energizer Bunny. They just keep on going. I did try some full house 44 mag loads one time. Actually three times. After the third shot I emptied the cylinder.
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Recoil is really manageable with my reloads in the 44 Special range. I'm getting complete pass through and one shot kills. Big heavy slow cast bullets are like the Energizer Bunny. They just keep on going. I did try some full house 44 mag loads one time. Actually three times. After the third shot I emptied the cylinder.
Yeah I had the opportunity to shoot one at a demo one time. Absolute wrist breaker.

I have a snubnose 340PD in .357 Mag, it's nearly as bad.
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A 4" barrel on a 357 in my opinion would be for very short range only. Even a 6" 357 would be minimum for deer in my opinion. Stepping up to a 44 special is better and the magnum even better. The velocity of a 4" measured by chronograph would dictate the usable hunting distance.
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That gun has the worst recoil that I have ever experienced in a handgun(and yes I've shot most all of the big ones). Credit to you pulling the trigger at least nine times

ever shoot a .500 S&W ? the tin roof on the outdoor range vibrates when that thing goes off i shot it ONE time !

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A 4" barrel on a 357 in my opinion would be for very short range only. Even a 6" 357 would be minimum for deer in my opinion. Stepping up to a 44 special is better and the magnum even better. The velocity of a 4" measured by chronograph would dictate the usable hunting distance.
I shot a doe at 25 yards with a 4” Ruger Security Six (357 Mag) and plain yellow box Peters factory 125gr JSP ammo. Complete pass through of both shoulders and dropped on the spot.
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I have used a Smith 19 .357 for finishing shots but only used a smith 29 for actual hunting. The short sight radius on a 4" would limit the shots to pretty close range for me? I have shot long range steel with the longer barreled .44.
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ever shoot a .500 S&W ? the tin roof on the outdoor range vibrates when that thing goes off i shot it ONE time !
Yes I have. I've also shot the 460S&W. Those are generally big guns with some weight to them. This revolver that he has is scandium alloy and it is so light weight that the recoil is brutal. Worse than the 500 IMO.
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I hunt with longer barreled handguns in .44 Magnum, but I also have a 4” GP100 in .357 Magnum that I would certainly use for hunting.

IMHO, a 4” barrel would be the minimum.

In another forum, Handgun Hunter Magazine, a hunter just posted a successful deer hunt using a 4” S&W 686.
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Most of us are bigger than the typical whitetail. I know I wouldn't make it far if I got hit in the chest with a 357 Magnum from any revolver. It comes down to shot placement. Know your effective range and stick to it, no matter what caliber and barrel length you use.
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Not a 4 inch but I own a 5 inch S&W Model 629-3 Classic 44 Mag. I carry it from time to time for deer and bear. I bought it because it split the difference between 4 and 6 or 6 1/2 inch. Balances great. Killed a wild boar with it in the early 1990's
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