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Thread: Boar with a 44Mag - Cast of curse.

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    Boolit Master
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    Great .44 story and success.

    Have been hunting with a 45/70 for a number of years, but a couple of years back I bought a slightly used RUGER 77/44 from a down sizing friend and then did a lot of testing to find a good load with a 280gr Wide Flat Nose bullet I cast for my son's .444.

    When it was time to quit testing and get ready for hunting season this past Fall, I was getting about a 3" - 100yds group at 1750fps.

    Want better groups, so have a new 240gr WFN mold that I've started loading test round with, the test rounds waiting for Spring/Summer.

    But, my Fall hunt with the .44 filled both of my deer tags. Both one shot dead right there and full penetration, one side to side at 95 - 100yds and the other at 50 +/- yds. through the neck bone and on through a shoulder blade and gone.

    Come next elk season, I'll be back out with the 45/70 to see if I can bring home elk number 4 with that rifle, but for sure the little .44 rifle will be out for deer season.

    Crusty Deary Ol'Coot

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanleyfan View Post
    The ranch dog 265 RF over 18gr. of 2400 has been my favorite for years for deer.
    Don't have the Ranch Dog Mold - I designed this one to work in my Marlin long before there was a Ranch Dog. I have had this mold for a long time - don't remember the year I designed it on Mountain Molds - but it was before RD molds were offered in the Group Buy section. I can keep all shots in the center of a 9 in plate at 50 yards with my Ruger SB with a 4 5/8's barrel and all in the center at 100 with my 1894 Marlin. This one works for me - but as I do have other RD molds - I am sure that your 265 RF Ranch Dog works great too. He did design some great and effective molds.

    Drew
    Big Bore = 45+

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    OP- whats the size of the meplat on that boolit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Rebel View Post
    OP- whats the size of the meplat on that boolit?
    The nose is .420 and the flatpoint (meplate) is .335.
    Big Bore = 45+

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