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View Poll Results: Favorite bullet weight in 44Mag?
180gr 26 7.49%
200gr 21 6.05%
240gr 220 63.40%
270gr 24 6.92%
300gr 56 16.14%
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Old 02-05-2005, 19:35   #26
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I voted 270gr, but actually prefer 280gr. It's a nice compromise for weight and velocity.
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Old 02-10-2005, 16:37   #27
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Originally posted by scottauld
Technically my fave is the 250 grain keith bullet but they're hard to find, so I settle for the 240 grainers. I buy mine from Meister. $40 for 500 of 'em.

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Old 02-13-2005, 19:15   #28
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Old 03-03-2005, 13:09   #29
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Hands down, the 250gr. Keith, and the 300gr. My Vote Mike.

BTW..."scottauld," the link that 'CCV' gave you for "real Keith bullets," is right on!

Leadheads, 250gr. Keith. I have been shooting Keith bullets, for over 30 years, finally found a place that has the "real deal." !

***EDIT NOTE*** Mike, if you have something 'up your sleeve here,' allow me to throw this in as well. Although i voted "300", cause i do use them for "most hunting situations," I also use the 250gr. 'Keith', as i stated above. BUT, i only have the 'one source' to buy from....(cause i am 'extremely picky' ), when it comes to Cast, and Especially, "Keith" style bullets.

So, that being said... Whatever you are "hatching" in the bullet part of that brain of yours, "Please consider making a REAL TRUE TO SPECS,
250gr. KEITH."

LeadHeads is a really great supplier of these REAL KEITH bullets, but, "we need more than one man ! "

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Old 03-10-2005, 00:14   #30
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Originally posted by scottauld
Technically my fave is the 250 grain keith bullet but they're hard to find, so I settle for the 240 grainers. I buy mine from Meister. $40 for 500 of 'em.

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I agree.
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Old 03-23-2005, 20:38   #31
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240gr is very nice, you can still make it go really really fast!

Bullet, for general purpose, IMHO, nothing can beat Speers Gold Dot.

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Old 03-26-2005, 20:17   #32
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My all purpose bullet is a 240gr jacketed lead flat nose. Works well in the rifle or pistol.

For serious hunting I would load up some warm 300gr hornady XTP's or speer uni-cor soft points. I carried 300's and 240's at different times in Alaska.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:54   #33
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I voted 180 gr. Close second would be the 240 gr. plated from Rainier.

I voted 180 gr. because they're easier to shoot as a daily round.

Even with a light/medium powder charge, it would be enough to stop most men in their tracks. It is DAMN sure strong enough to punch nice holes in paper, and it is easy enough to shoot that you can shoot many hundreds of rounds.

When I'm in a 44 mood, I usually shoot two boxes of 180-185 gr "heavy Specials" and half a box of magnums with 240 gr. and a magnum powder.
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Old 04-07-2005, 17:22   #34
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I like 240gr Speer but have really not experimented with anything other than those and 180's.

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Old 05-06-2005, 00:28   #35
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I voted for 240. Next choice would be 200. GD's and whatever may be cheaper for practice would be two nice options.
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Old 05-15-2005, 19:26   #36
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:15   #37
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We need some good moderately priced 300-330gr. bullets.

Everybody has 240gr. cast bullets for sale, Penn bullets has some nice ones, but you have to search and search to find INEXPENSIVE good
heavy weight bullets. I did find Rim Rock bullets has a nice looking 300gr. for just over 50.00/thousand. Prime reloading supply even lists one for 40/thousand. But most places charge over 130/thousand for their 320gr or 330gr. heavy weights. Now I understand some are custom hand cast bullets....OK..... but it is hard to find quality moderately priced heavy weight bullets in the 44 mag. I particularly am interested in .431 diameter because of my Super Redhawk. Looks like by the voting that a bullet Mcnett should make a 240gr. but it also hints that in a strong second place there is the desire for a 300-330 grain bullet. I would add, with a meplat of around .320 or so, not too small so it tumbles and reduces penetration but not too big so you lose accuracy over longer now.......Goooooo
300-330 weight.......

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Old 05-31-2005, 09:08   #38
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240's and 270's are more popular with me, but it depends on the purpose. I only have one 44 Magnum and it is a leveraction rifle. It is used as a backup deer gun and a truck gun. For personal defense, I keep it stoked with Winchester Powertip HP's (not made anymore, but the same as Black Talon's) in 240gr. For deer hunting, I shoot a Buffalo Bore 305gr. LBT/LFN.

I wish my Winny could chamber these badboys, but they are a tad too long. It will stabilize them though and they shoot well, just don't feed worth a darn.

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Old 06-12-2005, 01:58   #39
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240gr. Speer Gold Dot for defense.
280gr. LFN Beartooth for hunting.
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Old 06-14-2005, 16:09   #40
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240gr - general purpose
300gr - hunting
260gr - hunting (for variety)
280gr - hunting (for variety)

Gold Dot - general purpose + hunting
Hornady XTP - hunting
LFNGC - hunting
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Old 06-15-2005, 19:12   #41
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200 grain. Usually a Hornady XTP. Significantly reduces recoil for the magnum loads. My hands just dont handle it very well anymore. Also makes up a very nice 44SPL load. MMMM 44 Special ;f
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Old 08-28-2005, 07:37   #42
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240gr Gold Dot for night stand
310gr Garrett Hammerheads for hunting
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Old 09-07-2005, 18:39   #43
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an oldie but a goodie(thread!)

i have a box of 20 winchester platinum tip 250 GR.PTHP Ive been ichin to send down range threw my 8 inch anaconda.btw with 310 grn hammer heads and stout 44 mag ammo like that whats really the point of all these super big bores?ive fallen into the bigger than yours cycle a bit with a 454 ragging bull and a SRH in 480 ruger.i refuse to get a 50 their just too big!but really ,i remember back when i was a teenager(70s dirty harry)the lore of the 44 mag and how even a mighty griz could be harvested with such a handgun.(besides the camera guy im sure their was at least one heavily armed rifleman back up!maby 2
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240 gr Hornady XTP over 4227.
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Old 11-30-2005, 11:44   #45
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Biggest thing I shoot with my .44 mag are white tail deer or black bear.

The 240 gr in either a JHP or JSP works fine for them.
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Old 12-01-2005, 17:17   #46
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I voted 240 gr. for most typical situations...However when I go Boar Hutin' it's always a 300 gr. cast, to put bacon on my table through my S&W 629
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Old 12-23-2005, 11:34   #47
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Speer 270gr Gold Dot Softpoint. Very accurate from my Smiths and Redhawk. Gets excellent reviews when rated by customers on Midway USA's rating system. Seems like a good woods bullet. I load them to about 1170 fps. g88
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Old 03-06-2006, 20:38   #48
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I loaded a modest (not max) AA #9 with Win 210gr Silvertips (avg 1550fps, 1150fpe) and had three expansions from shooting through sheet metal/wood between about .92" and 1.106". I forget the fourth recovered diameter (.60 something), but it spun off a lead sliver 1/4"x1 1/4". (M629 w/6.5" classic barrel).

This is basically a home defense round, however, it also will penetrate two full creosote bushes and arrived on target 100% of the time on four separate tests. Even 1/2" and 5/8" branches don't deflect this combination. This may turn out to be my desert carry for mountain lion defense as it is also very accurate. I expect this combination will give explosive expansion and full penetration on a lion or BG - also known as two legged coyotes in this part of the country.

For mountain trails, I'll experiment with harder 240-250gr bullets on the slim chance of having a bear encounter.

FWIW, I'm seeing a number of XTP jackets laying on the ground and no holes on target when shooting through brush in other calibers.


Oh, did I state 210gr Silvertips as one favorite??? ;a
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Old 05-14-2006, 22:21   #49
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I cast my own......and I'm surprised that Elmer's favorite isn't listed in your poll! 250!

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Old 09-13-2006, 17:12   #50
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My 44 is a toy for me, i've got SD covered. I shoot 300's and heavier almost exclusively. So I voted 300 gr hard cast preferably
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