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Posted: 10/2/2011 10:57:43 AM EST
Can anyone recommend an ammunition for .44 magnum that would be best for hogs, deer and other such animals? The gun I have is a Winchester model 94.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 12:13:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 12:19:28 PM EST by Warhawk]
Originally Posted By Brandi:
Can anyone recommend an ammunition for .44 magnum that would be best for hogs, deer and other such animals? The gun I have is a Winchester model 94.


I've shot a few deer and quite a few hogs with the .44 Magnum from both revolvers and lever action rifles. The only ammo that I was NOT happy with were handloads using the Speer Gold Dot 270 grain flat point. I had 3 out of 4 hits on hogs fail to penetrate more than about six inches, the bullets came apart and did not penetrate. Surprisingly the 4th was a pass through and penetrated over 12 inches of hog.

My preference in a factory load would be a 240 grain jacketed soft point, with a 240 jacketed hollow point coming in second.


This stuff is good ammo.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 12:53:19 PM EST
Cool, I'll try this through my rifle. Thanks for the recommendation!
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 1:38:21 PM EST
I have only shot one hog. It was with a 629 S&W with a regular 240 gr cast lead semi wadcutter and it worked just fine. It was a handload with 2400.
This load is accurate in several 44 pistols and my Marlin lever gun.

Cast lead flat nose bullets are pretty old school but they have a decent reputation for killing critters
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 1:39:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By Brandi:
Cool, I'll try this through my rifle. Thanks for the recommendation!


I neglected to say that I've used a variety of ammo, factory loads and handloads, everything from 180 grain JHPs to 300 grain Hornady XTPs and the *ONLY* fail was the Speer 270 Gold Dots.

I killed my first deer 35 years ago, with a Ruger 44 carbine. I was shooting Federal 180 grain JHPs, because they grouped better in that gun than 240's. Even the 180 JHP load was a broadside pass through on that little forkie.

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:18:45 PM EST
240gr Hornady XTP's are great bullets. Probably a bit spendy if you're not loading your own though.
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