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Thread: 44 mag 240-300 grain FN @ 1000fps?

  1. #21
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Southwest MO.
    Not 44 but Ive killed several deer with a 45 colt at 950/1050 fps and different 250/255 boolit. Certainly enough to form an opinion.
    It seems to me it's more like bow hunting. The big boolit obviously hit hard but without any real shock. They have to bleed out which usually happens pretty fast if hit good. Quite often they jump and look around wondering what happened.

    If one bang flops I shoot it again. These loads will richohchet off back bones if not hit square. Twice Ive had deer jump up and run after the second shot. Both went about 20 yds. One would have died quickly from the first shot but the other would have healed up.

    As Mr Gibson said, don't expect bang/flop. It sometimes happens but more often don't.
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  2. #22
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Southern VA
    That's why you order more than you need from BTB. Only made that mistake.

  3. #23
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    I used to hunt with a 44 Mag. S&W and I cast my own 240 grain semi wad cutters W/Gas checks Shot them fast and slow took many a Deer with both I bought a 445SM TC Contender no longer hunt so the pistol is a safe queen. The 445SM is a hand full it no target pistol I have often thought of selling it but just can't bring myself too do it. I've often said velocity doesn't make for accuracy.

  4. #24
    I would be aiming at shoulders, ..not ribs.

    Break them down, then go for a finishing shot.
    Me; killed one deer with 45/70/cast bullet/1500 fps, years ago.
    I was not impressed.
    Me; killed lots of deer with 3006, and 270, and was very impressed.
    Fact; high velocity jacketed bullets, properly placed, knock game animals down .....flat.
    low velocity, cast bullets, just knock them down....... maybe.

    A big flat nose on a slow moving cast bullet will really help.

  5. #25
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    A moderate velocity 44 mag carbine load has been something I wanted to try hunting with for some time. Took out a 44 handi rifle with a 240 grain SWC from Dardas and propelled it with a light charge of Universal. Soft shooting, no ear splitting report, dead dear, and only one shot. This was my one and only deer with this load but I will not hesitate to try it again next year. Until I tried it I was suspicious that it would not perform but it did quite well.

  6. #26
    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    Matt's Bullets has several wide FN .44s which might work for you and I've found him great on delivery:

    http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.ph...roducts_id=216 250-grain wadcutter

    http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.ph...roducts_id=269 315-grain FN

    http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.ph...roducts_id=300 325-grain FNGC
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  7. #27
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Kinda curious why soft lead wouldn’t be good for such a slow bullet. Even pure lead wouldn’t reform much unless it hit hard bone from what little I’ve seen with slow bullets.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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