.44 Mag ammo for deer

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by duck rookie, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. duck rookie

    duck rookie Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting a Ruger 77/44 and now it's time for the ammo selection. I don't like the pointed rounds like the Leverevolutions. I have heard good things about them on deer either.

    I am leaning heavily toward the Winchester Super-X:

    http://www.winchester.com/Products/...rformance/Super-X-handgun/Pages/X44MHSP2.aspx

    These get great reviews on line and I think will perform very well. We hunt the hills so shots are less than 100yards. I'm also thinking about the Winchester Super X soft points.


    Thoughts?

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  2. Toner07

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    I use Winchester's Black Talons. If you can find some, you will not be disappointed. I have taken 3 with my .44 and they all fell at the shot. furthest one was at about 50 yards.
     

  3. peanut

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    Using 225 grn Barnes factory ammo right now. If and when the kid connects, I'll let you know. It groups great out of his 77/44 and doesn't have anywhere near the recoil of the 1300FPS hornady ammo I bought.

    I did a lot of reading before picking the 44 for my son. One guy had a good point. Even if the bullet doesn't expand, you are still punching a 44 caliber hole through the deer. Some guys, where legal, use hard cast solid lead bullets. They feel like they can blast right through bone and still leave a big enough wound to cleanly, and quickly kill a deer.

    Your going to love that rifle. I can't wait to steal it from my sons during regular gun season, when he's in school. I have 2 buddies that are buying the same one, after seeing and shooting mine.
     
  4. WCFB1

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    How does the .44 do at longer ranges say 75-100 yards? From what I have seen slugs are in the 200-240 grain weight but some of the velocities seem low.
     
  5. peanut

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    I won't let him shoot that far yet, so it may be a year or two before I can answer that.

    Hopefully I/we will have a couple deer down with the 44mag, and will have some reports on performance for you guys.

    The slugs I shoot are 395 grn nosler partitions at 1900 fps. They do amazing at 75-100 yards, but they aren't your everyday slug. From what I've heard, they are no longer made. So when my stockpile gets depleted, it's back to the drawing board for slugs.
     
  6. Toner07

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    Out of a .44 mag? Yeah right.
     
  7. peanut

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    The SLUGS I shoot out of my 12 Guage. Sorry for any confusion.
     
  8. peanut

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    The rounds I shoot out of my 44mag weigh 899 grains and come out at 4200 PFS.
     
  9. Toner07

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    Thanks for the clarification. I was confused since there was no mention of a 12 gauge anywhere in this thread and I didnt know how that related to the original question posted.
     
  10. peanut

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    I'm so very sorry. I read something a little too quickly and misinterpreted it. We are not all perfect, but I'll do my best in the future to only post stuff that is talked about "anywhere" in a given thread, so as not to waste your precious time with my totally irrelevant information.
     
  11. duck rookie

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    I've been researching the .44 mag for over a year (yes, I know I should have bought the gun by now but I just got some money for it) and from what I've read most people easily reach out to 100yards with it and cleanly kill deer. You know where I gun hunt and the likelihood of shooting beyond 85yards is low.


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  12. Toner07

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    That's fantastic! Thank you so very much, it's greatly appreciated.
     
  13. duck rookie

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    Gun is on hold and will be in my hands tomorrow!
     
  14. Bowhunter57

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    Opinions vary, but I don't share this thought/idea about cast bullets. Cast bullets will go completely through a deer, but they don't have the shock value/effect of a Jacketed Hollow Point.

    I use a 240gr. JHP bullet in both handgun and rifle loads, for the 44 Mag. At the point of impact, you can clearly see the hide on the deer "flap" from shock of the JHP bullet.

    Lets face it, a firearm kills by way of shock and the JHP bullets provide that, vs. "zipping" a hole completely through them.

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  15. duck rookie

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    I went back and forth on this and did a LOT of research before deciding on the JSP. I don't care about the bullet fragmenting as many complain about with the JHP because it will cause more damage. The research I did showed more efficiency with the JSP. The one consistency was do NOT use Leverevolutions, they don't work on deer. My buddy's second deer last year proved this too.

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