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    Shooting my new .44 Smith: target ammo vs self defense vs hunting hunting ammo

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    • Model: 629
    • Caliber: .44 Magnum
    • Capacity: 6 Rounds
    • Barrel Length: 2.625"
    • Front Sight: Dovetailed Red Ramp
    • Rear Sight: Adjustable White Outline
    • Overall Length: 7.625"
    • Action: Single/Double Action
    • Frame Size: Large - Exposed Hammer
    • Weight: 39.6 oz
    • Grip: Wood
    • Material: Stainless Steel Frame
      Stainless Steel Cylinder
    • Finish: Matte
    • Purpose: Personal Protection
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    I pick it up Friday and I am eager to shoot it.

    I have been looking for ammo to bulk buy for the range and it looks like I can pick up about 1000 rounds for about 450.00.

    There are two types for the same price but I really don't know the difference in the two or if it matters which one I buy.
    One is .44 Special 200gr
    the other is .44 Rem Mag 200gr

    I was also wondering what kind of rounds some of you would recommend for personal defense.

    lastly, deer season is coming up and I am considering trying my luck with this gun and wanted to know everyone's thought on the best round for that purpose.

    Thanks

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    for target i would go with .44 special. simply because it will be more enjoyable to shoot. im a pissy when it comes to recoil and shot all over the place. I am sure that special would be just fine for home defense. i would be scared with mag that it would be over kill...literally. You are liable to where that bullet stops and mag have some amazing power behind them. I would want to get hit with a .22 so i can say its safe to say no one wants to get hit with a .44 special. For deer, im completely clueless. i would suppose that specials would be fine but i could be entirely wrong.
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    Any animal that you would take with teh 44 mags, you could take with the 44 Specials too. Get specials in a hollow point or soft point, and practice A LOT. You can try the move to 44 Mags later.
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    Get both whoooo hoooooo!

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    In that caliber, slower can be more effective, so get the specials for SD. For hunting, that short barrel is not optimum. .44 magnum in a short barrel is more for SD against dangerous game, when your longer barreled hunting firearm is unavailable for some reason.
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    In that snubby I would find a decent hollowpoint in 44 Special for self defense and some cheap lead SWC for practice. I have taken a deer with my 3" 629 soI know it can be done. I used 185 grain Hornady XTPs in 44 mag and they worked fine. I went lighter than normal to keep my velocity up a bit and enable the hollowpoint to open up a little.

    Practice alot if you are going to hunt since that short 44 will not be real easy to shoot well enough to hunt with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunfun View Post
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    lastly, deer season is coming up and I am considering trying my luck with this gun and wanted to know everyone's thought on the best round for that purpose.

    Thanks

    I am under the impression that in NC, you need a minimum of a 6'' barrel to hunt deer.

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    In Wisconsin, the minimum barrel length (measured from the start of the chamber) is '5.75'". For some odd reason I keep thinking I saw 5.76" written down on the DNR rules for deer hunting. For a revolver, I believe it is measured from the back end of the cylinder to the end of the barrel.

    Definitely check with your State's laws about hunting in respect to barrel length. You can get into some hot water if you use an improper firearm while hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace_Murdock View Post
    In Wisconsin, the minimum barrel length (measured from the start of the chamber) is '5.75'". For some odd reason I keep thinking I saw 5.76" written down on the DNR rules for deer hunting. For a revolver, I believe it is measured from the back end of the cylinder to the end of the barrel.

    Definitely check with your State's laws about hunting in respect to barrel length. You can get into some hot water if you use an improper firearm while hunting.



    This is from the Wisconsin Deer hunting regs....

    To be legal for deer, handguns must use center-fire cartridges of .22 caliber or
    larger and have a 5½ inch minimum barrel, measured from the firing pin to the
    muzzle with the action closed.
    This means revolvers with 4'' barrels are legal, anything much shorter than that is questionable. Because of this reg here in Wisconsin, I always check for it when questions of hunting with handguns in other states comes up. I know there is a minimum barrel length for hunting small game with a handgun in N.C., but am unclear whether or not it pertains to deer also. This is something I believe the OP should have considered before purchasing his handgun if he had intentions of using it for hunting.

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    629 in 44! Hell yeah. Great gun and a great round, you'l love it!
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