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44 Mag

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by surjimmy, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    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..
  4. GodGuns&Guitars

    GodGuns&Guitars Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Bula

    Bula Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Capt. NW

    Capt. NW Active Member

    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.
  7. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Why do you want to use 180s?
  8. magnumman44

    magnumman44 Well-Known Member

    Use the 180's for that distance and you will kill deer if you do your part.
  9. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    The 180gr is all I can find right now, have no problem with the heavier ammo its just not around.
  10. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. tasco 74

    tasco 74 Well-Known Member

    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.....
  12. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Jeffm223

    Jeffm223 Active Member

    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.
  14. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    Any more input? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. Cpt. America

    Cpt. America Well-Known Member

    shot placement and dunkin dounuts coffee sucks.
  16. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Well-Known Member

    yeah, but where's the picture of this monster?
  19. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    Will try and post it tomorrow. Sorry...
  20. armixer

    armixer Member

    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!!

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