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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2017, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ruger Blackhawk. 44 Mag 50th Anniversary

Picked one up a few weeks ago, and was curious as to what ammo the .44 guys like when deer hunting. I bought the regular old Federal American Eagle 240 gr. JHP's just to shoot out if it and tinker with the sights. Seems like the accuracy fell off a bit even with the pistol cooling down. But regardless, I want to go a bit heavier and use a better built bullet. Was thinking 260-300 grain. I'm asking mainly about factory offerings. Thanks.

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I've owned and hunted with a .44 Magnum for quite a few years now. For most of those years, I hunted with a scoped Super Redhawk. My first deer taken with that handgun was loaded with factory Remington HP ammo. I forget the bullet weight. Currently I hunt with the SRH, but I've also added a Super Blackhawk and a T/C Contender, allin .44 Magnum.

Since then, I've hunted with handloaded Hornady 240gr XTP bullets. You can get these in factory ammo. I've taken several deer with this bullet and none got away!

I also load the 300 XTP, but I've yet to pull the trigger on anything using that bullet. Again, this bullet can be had in factory ammo.

I'd go with either the 240 or 300 grain Hornady factory ammo. Buffalo Bore is supposed to be a highly recommended factory ammo, but I have no experience with it.

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I shot most of my deer with 180 and 200gr JHP .

Got a bit of arthritis now, so no 300's ever again. 240's are max for me.

Non endurance package Smiths.........300's can break trigger pivot (did on my 629-1 years ago- Smith fixed it).
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I've had four SBH (2 new model, 2 old model)............they all shot decent, but one was exceptional.
180-255 gr stuff.
IMHO grab some 240gr JSP/JHP WW, Fed or Rem (whatever your gun likes) and go fill the freezer
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I shot a doe this year at 43 yds with my Super Blackhawk & 225 gr Hornady LeverEvolution factory load. Dropped her in her tracks.
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