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surjimmy
July 27, 2009, 05:12 PM
Just bought a S&W 29-3 4in. I have never had a 44 mag and this was the right price at the right time. Where I hunt there are several blinds where the shot won't be over 25 yards. Now on most of the other posts I have seen on hunting with a 44 mag they are using 240 gr. ammo. My question is would 180 gr. partial jacketed flat nose be enough for Whitetail Deer? Thank You for any and all input.

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shaggy430
July 27, 2009, 05:23 PM
What state are you hunting? I like the 240, but I think 180 would do the job at 25 yards on Southern whitetails. Not sure about those big mid-West bruisers.

surjimmy
July 27, 2009, 05:47 PM
Sorry I live in Oklahoma, and will be hunting in the NW part of the state. Now my 11 year old took a 260lb Whitetail last year on his first deer hunt, so they can get pretty big.(I grounded him for 5 years, I've never seen a 260lb deer)LOL..

GodGuns&Guitars
July 27, 2009, 06:12 PM
I've taken white tails with 180's and see no reason you can't. I used 240's for a lot of years too, but now use a 275 grain Keith. All will stop deer.

Bula
July 27, 2009, 06:49 PM
I'm sure the 180's can work, is there a reason you'd like to avoid the heavier stuff? I like the heavies because you're sure they'll penetrate, not so with the lighter stuff.

Capt. NW
July 27, 2009, 08:14 PM
I like the 240, and up but the 44 mag is a sweet round and if your only shooting out to 25 yards I think the 180's will work fine.

ArmedBear
July 27, 2009, 09:15 PM
Why do you want to use 180s?

magnumman44
July 27, 2009, 09:36 PM
Use the 180's for that distance and you will kill deer if you do your part.

surjimmy
July 27, 2009, 09:51 PM
The 180gr is all I can find right now, have no problem with the heavier ammo its just not around.

mbt2001
July 27, 2009, 09:58 PM
Yep, it would be plenty, even for the South Texas monsters. Obviously you have to keep the shots in the range of the gun, 100 yards, but chances are you need to be closer than that to make a good hit. I would try 60 or so yards or closer, I am a fan of neck shots.

tasco 74
July 27, 2009, 10:13 PM
a friend of mine hunts iowa white tails here with a crossbow.......... i would hope a .44 magnum handgun would drop one........... like i've said before a .357 magnum revolver will take anything in north america...................... LIFE IS SHORT.....

kanook
July 28, 2009, 08:36 AM
www.georgia-arms.com has the 44 deer stopper in stock. My wife has been using it with great succes. Even the 44spcl that they carry works well.

Jeffm223
July 29, 2009, 02:26 AM
I've taken deer out to 100 yards with my T/C, using most every type of round. If you get solid shot placement, they will go down every time.

surjimmy
July 31, 2009, 02:50 AM
Any more input? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cpt. America
July 31, 2009, 04:50 AM
shot placement and dunkin dounuts coffee sucks.

41 Mag
July 31, 2009, 05:34 AM
Yes the 180's will work on the smaller deer as long as you do not hit much of the shoulder going in. If you do they will make a fair mess of it.

Try to find you some of the Remington bulk bullets in 240gr. They have worked for me for years and never had an issue with anything I have shot with them. They are cheap enough for lots of practice and accurate enough for most any hunting you will do with a handgun.

Good luck and enjoy your new handgun.

surjimmy
August 1, 2009, 07:36 PM
You guys can all relax now, I found some 240 gr. ammo for hunting. I know you all have been loosing sleep worrying about this, but worry no more I found it:p:).... Thanks for the input you guys are great.

Dr_2_B
August 2, 2009, 08:12 PM
yeah, but where's the picture of this monster?

surjimmy
August 3, 2009, 12:06 AM
Will try and post it tomorrow. Sorry...

armixer
August 7, 2009, 11:02 PM
I have a Ruger Super Redhawk 44mag and live in MI. I probably wouldn't hunt with anything smaller than a 240gr hollow point here I have shot three deer with mine in the last 3 yrs and they haven't gone any where but down!!

critter
August 8, 2009, 06:51 PM
I have taken several deer with a .44 mag. My longest shot was 65 yards. I have never tried the light bullets, always the 240's. My reason? I ALWAYS want two holes, one in,one out JUST IN CASE I have to track. Hardly ever do.

Zeke/PA
August 9, 2009, 06:31 AM
The key is shot placement so practice, practice , practice.
With iron sights try to keep all your shots in at least 6" circle at 50 yards.
I am also a neck shot afficianado as properly executed the animal drops in it's tracks.
I have killed several deer with my iron sighted Super Blackhawk seated on my treestand using updrawn knees as a rest, and 240 grain Speer reloads for ammo.

kmrcstintn
August 11, 2009, 09:59 PM
last year I shot several offerings at 50 yards off hand to determine the most accurate load and adjust sights to center it; Remington UMC 180gr sjsp was the winner for me out of a S&W 629 w/ 6.5" barrel; I'll say this...if it breaks 1500 fps out of a handgun barrel it might be a bit too fast coming out of a carbine/rifle barrel, but should do you good if you use it in a handgun

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 11, 2009, 10:19 PM
I have taken several deer with a .44 mag. My longest shot was 65 yards. I have never tried the light bullets, always the 240's. My reason? I ALWAYS want two holes, one in,one out JUST IN CASE I have to track. Hardly ever do.

+1. I like easy tracking, not hard tracking.

kmrcstintn
August 13, 2009, 12:02 AM
you could always buy Federal CastCore solid leadheads or buy nice hard swaged heads in bulk and load your own...ultimate in penetration

lobo9er
August 13, 2009, 03:08 PM
not apple to apples but a 124 grain soft point 7.62x39 take down deer dont see why a 180 44 mag wouldn't. like i said not apple to apples but still thats a decent pill coasting through the air. i have no 44 ma hunting expertise but it looks like others here say its ok

SlamFire1
August 13, 2009, 05:17 PM
not apple to apples but a 124 grain soft point 7.62x39 take down deer dont see why a 180 44 mag wouldn't. like i said not apple to apples but still thats a decent pill coasting through the air. i have no 44 ma hunting expertise but it looks like others here say its ok

You put that 180 grain (or 240gr ) in a 20" lever action, and I would prefer it over a 7.62 X 39 out to 100 yards. A 44 mag out of a rifle is surprisingly powerful. You can place your shots much more accurately with a rifle and you gain at least 300 fps over a revolver.

Handguns?, handguns are hard to shoot well.

hamourkiller
August 13, 2009, 06:24 PM
To be blunt, use the standard Remington 240gr hollowpoint. If that is not available use the standard Remington 240gr soft nose. Either will get the job done for sure. Avoid the light bullets.

The 240gr 44 mag load is standard for a reason, it works and works well.

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