I am looking for a handgun to hunt deer with. I was thinking 44 or 357 with at least 8 1/2" barrel. I would like to put a scope on it. Any suggestions would help me greatly. I'd like to get into the handgun hunting side of things.
For me it's Freedom Arms.Have the Model 83 in 44 magnum with 7.5" barrel and the Model 97 in 41 magnum with 5.5"barrel.Incredible accuracy.Have a Trijicon RMR red dot scope (1 ounce) on the 44.You get what you pay for.Remember,you only cry once.Good luck on whatever you deceide to buy.
If you're just getting into it I would recommend a Super Redhawk. If you keep your eye out I usually see at least one or two for sale around here used for under $500. If you like it and want to upgrade to a better gun then you can spend the cash. If you don't like it you can usually get most back out of the gun if you sell it.
Remember, shoot straight and shoot often.
Good... Bad... I'm the guy with the gun.
357's have taken a lot of whitetail, but in my mind a little underpowered for shots beyond about 40-50 yards. there are a number of pistols and cartridges that are far more powerful, as suggested the 44 Mag, the 41, the 460, 472 the 500 S&W, even the old 45 Colt is available in some hot factory loads for modern guns.