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To All .44 Hunters/Handloaders

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Ruger4Life, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. Hunt480

    Hunt480 Member

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    Whats nice is is you can shoot really mild loads if you want and they still pass all the way through. These mild loads make for really good accuracy from a 44. Good shot placement with any weapon is the key but a nice mild hardcast 44 blows a through like a good broadhead. 44 in a handgun is a fine combination for hunting, just right.
     
  2. chas08

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    Probably because I've never ran into a performance parameter that they weren't more than adequate for. And, since I don't reload anymore, they are cheap and available. I've nothing against the higher end loads in .44 Mag, I've just never seen the need for them. "Dead Is Dead"
     
  3. x_wrench

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    i have not had an oppertunity to shoot a deer with my 44 yet (only one season hunting with it). but i hunt with 240g jhp's.
     
  4. T.R.

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    Years ago, I was stationed at Travis AF Base in northern California. I hunted each and every year for the elusive coastal black tailed deer. I toppled over a dozen bucks during my assignment years with Marlin model 1894 in 44 MAG. None got away.

    I had terrible accuracy with standard .429 bullets. But Hornady's 200 grain hollow tip is .430 and I was quite pleased with its performance. This short but wide bullet is practically a round ball from the perspective of bearing surface as it spins down the barrel. All the old timers used round balls with their slow twist muzzle-loaders. Perhaps this is why the 200 grain bullet is so accurate with Marlin's slow twist.

    This 200 grain bullet makes a BIG HOLE going in and it never comes out. I recovered many expanded bullets that were mushroomed nearly flat - typical diameter of .75 !! This hollow tip bullet hits much harder than paper charts would suggest.

    For mulies, large whitetails, and black bears I suggest Hornady's 240 grain XTP bullet.

    TR
     
  5. MacDuff

    MacDuff Member

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    Very accurate from my 7.5 inch Super Blackhawk. Lots of penetration.
     
  6. rugerman

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    I shoot speer 240gr jacketed solid points in both my marlin and my ruger superblackhawk 44mag usually a pass thru with good expansion and accuracy in both my load is 23.8gr h110 with a mag primmer.
     
  7. Quickdraw Limpsalot

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    Hard cast, all the way... preferably a Keith-style bullet or something with a larger metplat.
     
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