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View Poll Results: Favorite bullet weight in 44Mag?
180gr 26 7.39%
200gr 21 5.97%
240gr 224 63.64%
270gr 24 6.82%
300gr 57 16.19%
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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
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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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Old 10-10-2005, 20:41   #44
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240 gr Hornady XTP over 4227.
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:44   #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, 18:17   #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, 12:34   #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, 21:38   #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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Old 10-10-2006, 18:36   #51
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240 for me.
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Old 04-04-2007, 13:55   #52
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Old 04-29-2007, 22:58   #53
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Old 07-21-2007, 00:09   #54
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240gr reloads in jhp, and cast make my own bullets.

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Old 08-03-2007, 19:03   #55
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240gr LSWC reloads for fun, 240 gr JHP's for deer hunting.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:37   #56
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250 gr Beartooth Bullet WFNGC for all around use. Like 300 WFNGC and 200 XTP as well.
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Old 12-15-2007, 16:12   #57
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I like 180 xtp and 240 xtp.Just started using 250 wfngc beartooths and going to experiment with a few others.

Update, I quit using beartooths because it takes so long to get them. Mostly use 240xtp's for everything.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:11   #58
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I normally shoot the 240's, but the 180's are good too.

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Old 01-10-2009, 19:21   #59
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I currently use a 305-gr LBT WFN GC from Rim Rock Bullets for all my outdoor loadings. This is the same bullet that Tim Sundles uses for his 305-gr LBT load @ Buffalo Bore Ammunition.

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Old 02-25-2009, 22:11   #60
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240gr cast lead semi wadcutters is what I shoot and reload.

They don't lead up even at full power. Great cheap bullets.
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