Originally Posted by vafish
I've shot lots of deer with the .44 magnum from a hand gun. A couple of them were a little over 100 yards.
Compare the ballistics of the winchester 240 gr jsp at 100 yards with the ballistics of a .40 S&W at the muzzle. Almost identical.
Under 25 yards I'd have no problem with a service caliber handgun on deer.
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Glad to hear your opinion. I am going to go deer hunting with a 6-inch .44 Magnum here in VT this November.