44mag vs. 454 Casull, loaded for brown bear


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charlie echo
December 19, 2010, 09:32 PM
http://www.garrettcartridges.com/44hammerhead.html

Is the Garrett Cartridges' "44 Hammerhead" ammo "enough gun" to defend vs. a charging bear as compared to 454 Casull hard bullet loads?

Shot placement then penetration are they keys.

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dzelenka
December 20, 2010, 12:01 AM
That .44 looks like a pretty stout load, but they are not close to a .454. My heavy .454 load is a 340 gr LBT LFN cast bullet at 1570 fps.

charlie echo
December 20, 2010, 12:59 AM
That .44 looks like a pretty stout load, but they are not close to a .454. My heavy .454 load is a 340 gr LBT LFN cast bullet at 1570 fps.
Yes, but if you had owned only a 44mag revolver, would you sell it to buy a 454, while traveling in rural Alaksa?

Leadhead
December 20, 2010, 02:20 AM
I Wouldn't.
If I wanted more power then a heavy .44Mag revolver I'd carry a rifle
I guess I should ask if you are hunting bear or just talking self defense?

CraigC
December 20, 2010, 03:13 AM
If you believe that you will get all the penetration a cast bullet can give you (within handgun speeds) at 1200fps, then I would say they are comparable. If I were going to upgrade from the .44Mag, I would skip the .45's and go straight to a .475 or .500. In standard length sixgun cartridges (~1.4"), the .475 tends to be the better penetrator.

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