I'm in the search for a pistol to hunt deer and carry while horseback, mainly I want it to have adjustable sights, minimum 4" barrel and either in 357 mag, 41 Rem Mag or 45 Colt, I'm not really crazy about a 44 mag, considering you can load a 45 Colt pretty near in 44 mag territory I'd just as soon go with the 45 Colt, as a saddle gun 45 Colt would just sound so much cooler, but if the money is right then 44 mag it is, I'm trying to stay below $500. I reload so ammunition cost is sort of a wash, how far can one reasonably expect to shoot a deer with one of those calibers and open sights, 50 yards? The models I've kinda narrowed myself down to are a Ruger Blackhawk, Ruger Security Six, Tauras 66 but I wouldn't be opposed to a comparable S&W, Rossi or other quality brand. So researching load development using a Hornady XTP (I chose the XTP on the Hodgdon website simply to keep everything the same and it performs for me well in other calibers) bullet for all three I'm thinking on the 357 a 140 gr bullet at 17xx fps, a 210 gr in the 41 Rem Mag at 16xx fps and a 240gr in the 45 Colt with 15xx fps. I think all three above would perform well but pistol hunting is new to me. I live and hunt in Southern Illinois where you can hunt deer with everything but a rifle, I've somewhat grown bored with my 20 gauge Ultra slug hunter, and whenever I go to the stand these days I have my son with me who is carrying the same slug gun I have been so me carrying a pistol a slug gun is still available. So what's the thoughts on the three calibers or pistol models I've chosen? I can handle recoil but my thought is why give yourself more of a beating than you need to.