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OK. Talk me out of this please. I am looking for a 44 mag rifle to hunt deer. I have got prices and looked over my options. Used guns in 44 are tough to come by right now around here. I was not happy with the feel of the Rossi. I like several things about the ruger 96/44m. The Marlin was just too expensive for me. I fell in love with the winchester. Can't believe it. Good Price, 24" barrel, semi pistol grip that I like and drilled and tapped for optics if the old eyes get worse. Help. I think I'm fading fast.
 

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Sorry Chief, ya' came to the wrong place. I personally prefer the Marlin to the Winchester, but to each his own.
Here, let me help "dissauade" you...

The .44 Magnum carbine is virtually worthless for hunting Wooly Mammouth that will likely be cloned in the near future. For almost anything else that walks on four legs, it's just fine.

The lever-action carbine isn't suited to 10-100X moon scopes with Hubble-size objectives. But for hunting under 100-125 yards, where most game is taken, your .44 is just fine.

You won't get a good workout carrying a .44 carbine, unlike many other long guns.

If you forget or run out of ammo for the typical 7.723x61.44mm Caribou Clobberer you may have a problem finding rounds at Joe Bob's Hardware in West Podunk, unlike the .44 Magnum that can be found everywhere. Exclusivity has its "charms."

So have I "dissuaded" you enough?

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Chief,
The keyword in your post was"hunting". I am no Winchester Nut,nor Levergun Nut, but I have been called a"Hunting Nut". When my old Krag finally died,I grabbed the first suitable woodland deer rifle that I found.
Lucky for me,it was a little'94,in30/30 caliber. It does'nt have the range(very seldom needed),as the 30/40,but it is a lot handier and lighter. I'm older now,and this is more important then ever for me.
The stories about it's inaccuracy are overstated;my only shot at a Whitetail was a "drop dead" hit at 90 yards. Mine shoots pretty good,and with proper bullets,like the Hornady interlock,it kills pretty good.
It is truly,a Hunter's gun.
 

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Backed off on the Winchester. I decided to wait on a great buy on a used leveraction. Lots of 35 Rem Marlins out there. Saw a Savage 99 today in 300 Savage. Real long barrel. Sucker was heavy too. Still hoping to find a deal on a Marlin in 44.
 

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Chief,

That's fine.

If you are not in any hurry, keep looking around.

You'll know when to say when or shall we say, UNCLE! <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->


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