I use cast bullets in everything, so my experiences might be different.
My 30-30 is shooting 165gr SP at 1850.
357 Rossi is shooting 165gr RF at 1850. I might get a touch longer range with the 30-30 because of the SP ballistic coefficient, but the 357 has long enough range for open sights (150 yds max) and hits like a sledgehammer. VERY affective on deer.
Good 45 Colt loads easily equal 44 mag loads, and MANY people love the 44 mag. 45 Colt is also VERY affective on deer.
I'm going to use the pistols this year for hunting.