.44 Mag. deer ammo for rifles ?


December 16, 2011, 08:27 AM
Hello, Just thought I'd get some input from you guys on a good factory .44 magnum laod for whitetails from a rifle. Been useing Win. "white box" 240 gr. JSP and that has dropped 3 deer dead in their track, though the 2 at 75 and 80 yards did not punch all the way through. So what do you guys use ?

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December 16, 2011, 11:31 AM
If they dropped all three deer dead in their tracks, where's the problem? I use my own handloads with various 240gr JSPs and have had complete pass-thrus when breaking both front shoulders and they still went 40 yards. Unless you are going to reload, I'm thinkin' because of their accuracy and effectiveness, you have already found a good load for your rifle.

o Unforgiven o
December 16, 2011, 12:41 PM
The deer at 75 and 80 yards where the bullet did not exit, how far under the skin was the bullet? If it was 4" or less I think that is fine, if not ideal.

Like buck460XVR said, if it has dropped 3 deer already keep using it. Unless of course the animals ran for a long way or it was otherwise not a clean efficient kill. If that is the case then have a look at these.


Ghost Tracker
December 16, 2011, 12:45 PM
Have to agree. If you were having to track solid hit deer 3 or 4 miles, that's one thing. But dropping 'em dead in their tracks? What more could you ask a bullet to do? Field dress 'em?

December 16, 2011, 02:20 PM
I'm not sure you have a problem that needs to be fixed, but if you want a change up I'd go with either the 300g XTP linked above in post #3 or the 240g XTP (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/163181/hornady-custom-ammunition-44-remington-magnum-240-grain-xtp-jacketed-hollow-point-box-of-20).

I've had good results with the 240g XTP in handloads.

December 16, 2011, 08:22 PM
May be my post was a bit misleading, no problem. I was just wondering what you guys were useing and with what results; and if 75 yds. non pass through was typical. As a hunter/shooter I'm always looking and thinking of what might be better than good enough and trying new things.

T Bran
December 16, 2011, 08:28 PM
It obviously aint broke so dont try to fix it. Any bullet that produces DRT results every time you use it is the holy grail of bullets sounds like you found it congrats.
Good Hunting

December 16, 2011, 10:44 PM
Kyron, I've been loading 240gr JSP for my .44mag handguns for a great many years. All the hogs I shot with it, lord knows how many, a bunch have passed through and even more didn't. They all resulted in dead hogs. As far as deer (white-tail) I've never taken any shots past 65 yards and it's pretty much the same thing. Some pass throughs, some not. It all depended on if I squared the shoulder or hit lung shot ribs or quartering away pocket pass. Now, some hard casts that I have loaded up for her, I have yet to not have a pass through on hog. Never used a HC on deer.

Im with the others here. If it aint broke, dont fix it! For deer sized game, that 240gr JSP is fine medicine. Just place your shots and collect some meat!

December 17, 2011, 01:48 PM
Hollow points like the XTP will open faster and penetrate less, on average.

I use Speer 270 grain Gold Dot's (now known as Deep Curl), they're soft point. If you're okay with potential leading, I think a hard cast solid lead, would do even better.

December 18, 2011, 12:43 AM
I reload hornday XTP's and have killed deer from 10yards to 140yds with no trouble. I would find some factory hornday ammo with XTP's and give it a try. I personally like the 240gr bullets.

December 19, 2011, 09:53 AM
I've had very good results with Hornady XTP ammo. Accurate and produces ghastly tissue damage.



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