I recall for some reason you had an eye for the .44 mag in a rifle or carbine.
Going back many years, while hunting whitetail deer, in the nearby mountains along the Mass. border, friend had 300 acres up there, I had borrowed a ruger carbine in that caliber, with hand loads. The peak was somewhere around 1000 feet above sea level, and the weather bitter cold as in single digits. I was still hunting on the ground and observing an old logging road, a nice 8 point buck came out and I was sighted in on him, pulled the trigger and nothing, well I did get the click, firing pin hit, but it did not go off, then it did, some sort of delayed reaction, buck was gone, I had figured it was the cold. In those days, finances were really tough, low pay job, did not even own a firearm, used to borrow dads Winchester "94, and or anyone elses available, always made sure to clean and oil etc., funny thinking back, who in heck would let you "borrow" a firearm today LOL !
I liked the "94 in .32 special, not long range but just fine for most conditions here. The ruger in a carbine was an influence, I just had to go out and get an Iver-Johnson M1 Carbine in stainless steel, seemed like a great home defense tool and nice plinker, I used to hunt with it, just not long range, .30 carbine though not the best penetrator, still went through an 8" hardwood tree at 75 yards, made me think back to that .44 in a ruger carbine, always wondered which was the better caliber, but actually, they"re both pretty good.