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I don't want to tell you what to buy!  What I will do though is share some thoughts with you.

Although I do like the .444, and the versatility of the cartridge, I will say this.   The .44 Mag is plenty of gun for 100 yard whitetails, and blackbears with the right bullet.  Also, the fact that you already have a .44 handgun, as well as the reloading necessities makes the .44 a natural choice.

The .44 can be loaded to fun plinking levels, and at the same time stoked for bear!  In your neck of the woods the .444 really isn't a necessity.   I doubt that you'll be shooting too many griz, moose or elk up there, and you'll have to get all the goodies for another caliber, and downloading the triple four for plinking isn't as convenient as using your .44 mag ammo in your .44 mag carbine.

If it were me, and on a budget, I'd probably get the Marlin 1894 or the 1894P.

My biased opinion!

God Bless,

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