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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by NEOH212, Apr 15, 2012.
Does anyone here have any experience and feedback on this loading?
THIS load has a violently expanding JHP that shreds everything in it's path for about a foot or so. It is easily the most effective of the JHP self defense loads on the market today. It is also the lightest recoiling of the 44MAG self defense loads.
The same bullet in the 44SPECIAL is excellent also with slightly deeper penetration, due to a lower velocity, and even lighter recoil characteristics.
And so it goes...
...makes Uncle Elmer sad.
I've handloaded 180grJHP @ 1500fps, very shallow penetration & fragmentaion on even minimal targets. It used to be my fav jackrabbit load. I imagin a 165grJHP going faster would be worse. Personnaly, I don't get the point. For light varmints, yaeh, I can see a use. For anything more substantial, I want more bullet wt.
Yep. Just seems like ice skating uphill. I've rolled some 200 grain bullets, but I keep coming back to a 240 lswc.
If you want to turn a coyote or smaller animal inside out, 180grJHP going fast will certainly do that. IMO, not much else use for them. I suppose they would make a good SD load, but violent blast & significant recoil would still have me going to a moderate vel 200-240grJHP or LHP @ 1200fps+/- for that.
Light weight 44mag is fun to shoot.
Very true about the 240 grain bullet but I'm concerned about over penetration. That's why I was looking at the 165 grain.
One of the better SD loads in 44mag IMO is the 210gr STHP. A reduced vel round that offers vrey good expansion & less recoil/blast. A handloaded soft alloy 240-250grLSWCHP @ 1100fps would be about perfect.
If your only reasonable handgun is a .44 mag and it must serve dual purpose of hunting/ defense then I guess it would work great at making human offenders realize their mistakes... For any other usage it would simply be a poor choice... I never go less than 240 out in the field for anything and only rarely go that low unless I just found some old hidden ammo that needs burning... I prefer to stay at or above 265 grain..
I would have no qualms about carrying this load in my 629 for defense against two legged predators.
As others have said, for defense against large animals I would pick something else.
My "just having fun" load is a relatively soft 240 (actually weight is 244 grains) going 935 fps with Unique... basically a max .45 auto +P. Smooth out of the 629. Definitely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end...