I had a 35/44 (44 mag necked to 35 cal) some years ago. It worked fine on deer and ground hogs with cast bullets. Never tried for any thing beyond about 125 yards. My eyes were MUCH better then! Sure sorry I got rid of that barrel.
oso4570 I have a 14" 6.5 jdj and have used it to take deer in Md and maine.I have a 15"45-70 that shoots very well IF I do my part. Don't worry about not knowing ALL the Contender chamberings, I've been shooting the T/C for years. I still run across a new to me wild cat. Some guy ran a list of t/c calibers here a while back. I quit counting at about 90 different calibers. I can remember when I thought there were only 2 30 cals.(30-30 & 30-06)
Dino - if the 40-44 is a 44 magnum necked to take a 40 caliber bullet, then you are talking about a cartridge that is in the 38-40 power range. The 38-40, 44-40 and 45 Colt are all based on the same cartridge case, the 45 Colt. The 38-40 is necked to take a .400 diameter bullet and the 44-40 is necked to take a .427 - .429 bullet. The 40-44 is based on a (smaller capacity) 44 magnum case.
In modern handguns and rifles the 38-40 can be loaded pretty hot, and was loaded to some pretty hot levels even in the old days. My older Lyman manual shows that in a 20" rifle, the 38-40 could be loaded to 1980'/sec, with a 180 gn jacketed bullet over 24.6 gn of 2400 powder, or loaded to 1904'/sec over 26 gn of 4227 powder. This new 40-44 Woodswalker will probably do about the same, although I don't think you will be able to stuff that much powder into the 44 magnum case once it's necked down to 40 caliber.
I dunno, everybody is trying to come up with new cartridges these days - apparently the old ones that were good enough for the larger game we had 'back then' aren't good enough for the game animals we have now and I guess we just gotta have more magnums to do the job. Sure!
I think that if I had the choice twixt a 40-44 Woodswalker in a single shot pistol or a 38-40 set-up in a new rifle or carbine and a handgun to match that caliber I would be in fine shape for hunting most anything ('cept really big and mean stuff) with the 38-40.
Put it this way - Elmer Keith once wrote about the 38-40 cartridge and how the 'soft' factory loads deformed and skipped off a bull's head when Keith had to fire to stop the bull from charging. He wasn't too complimentary about the factory round from a pistol, but immediately after he fired that round, he put two of his handloads with hardcast swcs right through the bull's skull, killing him. If 38-40 handloads can do that with a charging bull, that's pretty good.
As I mentioned, you can handload the 38-40 very respectably from modern firearms, but if it's a Woodwalker ya'll want, then....... HTH. Mikey.
The 40-44 Woodstalker is ballistically a 40 caliber 35 Remington
shooting lighter pistol bullets. The big difference between the 35 Rem and the woodstalker is one can find and shoot rifle bullets and there are great molds out there for hunting bullets for the 35 Remington.
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