I have a marlin 44 mag and love it so I figure the 94 would be close to the marlin,just keep shots as close as possible,the 44 mag runs low on juice at longer distances,I want shoot over 100 yards and would rather have them as close as 25 yards.Drop-Shot
I use to use a Win. 94 Trapper for SAS. I origionally used it for hunting in the thick stuff where it had no equal. THe cowboy life got the better of me and the Trapper (8 round mag...needed 10), and we soon parted ways. The only problem I had with it was trying to put it back together after stripping it for a good cleaning. This is not for the faint of heart, though in no way casts any ill intent. It's a fabulous rifle. THe lever throw is a bit long and rattles somewhat. Also you have to be a little more agressive with the Winchester as opposed to the Marlin. Given the choice I would go for the Marlin Cowboy in 44 Mag.....and that's exactly what I did.
I like the 44 and like you suggest it runs out of steam and accuracy near 100 yds. Even so it has a lot of thump at both ends and the recoil with full on loads is nothing to sneeze at given the stock design of the 94.
hey sappyd take a look at garrettcartridges.com and let me know what you think about the 44 mag they have.I talked to 1 guy that shot a mule deer at 80 yards and the bullet exited and tore all the way through.Total devestation!The 4x4 dropped where he was shot.no steps or stagger.I have not tried them but in the 70's I shot sillouette with hard cast bullets and many I recovered from 100 meters was barely flattened.And I was shooting 240gr at 1000 FPS.They have 310 gr at 1325-FPS.Drop-Shot