Don't shoot too far with your .44 Mag rifles.
Hello from Virginia,
Just some very friendly advice.
I've been rifle hunting for deer for over 50 years. I've used lots of different calibers.
Yesterday, I was talking on the phone with a clerk at a sporting goods store in Davenport. He mentioned that Iowa has just gone to straight-wall cartridge rifle hunting.
I asked him what folks were buying
He said that there was a big run on the Henry Big-Boy Steel .44 mag lever rifles. They sold out and have reordered. (Interestingly, but the clerk just moved to Iowa a few years ago, after living in Virginia and rifle hunting his whole life.)
Our busy-body consensus is: For all of you folks who are new to rifle hunting for deer, please please don't thing you can easily take deer out to 150 yards and more with a .44 mag. They slow down really really fast. It is a pistol round, being fired from a rifle. Can definitely do the job out to 125 yards or so, but beyond that, they get iffy. Especially with big bodied deer.
I am not saying that they can't kill a deer out at 150 and a little beyond, but you start getting a high chance of wounding and running off, especially if you go for a shoulder bone shot instead of a good lung shot.
The clerk and I have seen it many times by folks in Virginia who switched from a big center fire rifle in the .30-06 class down to a .44 mag carbine because it is so "handy."
So, have a great hunting season, but practice judging those distances and resist the urge to pull the trigger on a deer out there on the horizon. After just a little bit of distance, your .44 mag is quickly falling in velocity. :-)
Hope I haven't given any offense.