I'm thinking of buying a new pistol for whitetail deer hunting and I need some advice from experienced pistol hunters.
I already have a Ruger .357 with a 4" barril but it is not the model that you can mount a scope or reddot on so I'm thinking of buying another one such as the Ruger GP100 with a 6" barrel in SS and adding a reddot or scope. Anyone have any better suggestions? Should I get a .357 mag or a .44 mag? 6" barril or longer? What is the comparitive effective hunting range for these guns? Is the stopping power of the .44 mag really necessary for whitetails?
I should add that I only want this for hunting, not a nightstand or concealed carry gun. In Illinois you are not allowed to hunt with a semi auto pistol, only revolvers