300 gr. XTP in Marlin 1894?


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OrangePwrx9
October 31, 2009, 07:37 PM
Hi all,
Getting ready to load some .44 mag. Was wondering if the 300 Gr. Hornady XTP would shoot OK in the 1894. I've got a couple hundred on hand that I bought to shoot in sabots in the muzzleloaders. Since I've moved on to PowerBelts, these bullets aren't being used. Never shot that well in the MLs anyhow.

Was wondering if the '94 has enough twist to handle them. Seems Marlin uses 1:38 for the .44 Mag. Don't know if they always have. I bought this gun new back in the late '80s. The MLs I tried them in were 1:38 twist as well and, like I said, they weren't accurate. I'm afraid they may be too long for that twist.

If anyone has a load for this bullet that's shot well in the 1894, please pass it on. I normally load the .44 with W296, 2400, IMR4227, or Blue Dot.
Thanks.
Bob

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Beagle-zebub
October 31, 2009, 08:05 PM
Yeah, I think I read that the Marlin 1894 .44 twist-rate supports up to about 270 grs. This was on the Buffalo Bore website, I believe.

MMCSRET
October 31, 2009, 10:41 PM
The Hornady manual has data for it in the rifle section.

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