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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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44 mag bullet for deer

for those of you that use a 44 mag for deer which bullet weight and type do you prefer? I am thinking of getting a box of the Hornady flex tip ammo and seeing how my gun likes them and maybe a box of any brand that offers a soft tip not a hollow point. Don't want to blow deer up either I want to be able to eat it after I shoot it without having hair and bullet pieces throughout.

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 01:36 AM
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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

240gr JSP
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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

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240gr JSP
Make that 2 providing your load is accurate.
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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

Stupid question. What is the difference between jhp and jsp as far as hunting applications?

Right now I'm handloading JHP just as a newbie reloaded at recommendation of cabelas Rep.
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Well if you were a bullet caster I would recommend a LBT 280 gr cast out of wheel weights and water dropped set over a hefty charge of H110. Kills like they were hit with a sledgehammer between the eyes.
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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

I too vote for the lead pill. I like the bullet to be heavy and when they hit,it's like a bowling ball. Had a Marlin one time that it only shot jacketed bullets because of the micro groove rifling. Used a 180 gr and hit a deer 4 times til it fell over. Had jacket seperation when we looked inside.
I don't mind cleaning my gun so I like lead bullets. If I went back to jacketed, I'd use a heavy one. Keep you shots at reasonable ranges and make sure you can hit consistantly.

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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

I used to have a marlin 44mag it wouldn't shoot 180gr--they keyholed--went to 240gr and they worked--these were all jacketed
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Hornady 240 gr. JHP/XTP's. You won't blow up anything with the 240 gr. HP, you'll get great penetration and expansion in a deer.
If you expect to use the .44mag for deer and bear,use the 240gr JSP.

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250-300 grain hardcast are awsome for everything. They just usually make a .44 caliber hole thru stuff and no damage.

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Re: 44 mag bullet for deer

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240gr JSP
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