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Old 09-19-2008, 10:03 PM   #21
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For what it's worth, I don't own a S&W 500. I do own a nice collection of 44 Magnums though. I never could figure out what a 500 would be good for, here in Texas. We have wild pigs that weigh about 300 to 400 pounds and my 44 Magnum drops them in their tracks at 100 yards. I just don't need more gun than that, and if I did... I'd just fire another shot.
Dang sir you are one lucky man to be able to hunt them piggies down there. As you can tell we just don't have any here in Montana.

And yes, your right about that .500 Magnum, why brutalize your hands.
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Yeah, we have them thar piggies... but I have to tell you, they really STINK! Most of the time we leave em' where they fall, because they really really really STINK...

I go wolf hunting occasionally, and my 44's knock them down in their tracks "most" every time. If they do run, it's only 100 feet or so. Wolves are difficult to hunt!

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Yeah, we have them thar piggies... but I have to tell you, they really STINK! Most of the time we leave em' where they fall, because they really really really STINK...

I go wolf hunting occasionally, and my 44's knock them down in their tracks "most" every time. If they do run, it's only 100 feet or so. Wolves are difficult to hunt!
I heard they do.... stink quite a bit.
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They are also dangerous! If one manages to attack you, I promise you won't be walking back to your truck. Feral Pig tusks are long, sharp and they are super strong. I've been chased up a tree several times in my hunting career. They don't have necks per sey. Their head's move up & down but they can't move their head left & right. They have to turn their whole body. A 44 Magnum will easliy take them out, but the correct ammo is necessary! NO hollow points. A heavy wadcutter or a heavy FMJ is needed. In other words, you need bullets that break through thick bones to hit vitals.

We have a lot of these lovely critters in Texas...
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Rim Rock Bullets out of Ronan, Mt provides all my bullets for my .44 Magnum loadings and for my 45-70 loadings.

I load this bullet over 15.5 gr of 2400 with a CCI 300 primer



Notice the nice wide flat meplat of that bullet

While bowhunting last year with my son, this is a picture of the black bear that got away because of the distance I would have had to shoot my arrow. Had I of been hunting with a handgun in the area that I was hunting this would have been mounted in my home just like this.



Again, cast bullets is the only way to go

Now there are areas that bigger bears exist here in Montana and here is a picture of a grizzly that was hit by a US Forestry truck outside of Linclon, Mt as it crossed the highway...... You can run into these while out in the woods, and yes cast bullets are a must.

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Damn, what big claws you have...

And your cast bullets are gas-checked too. They look to be 320 grain???

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No they are 305-gr WFN GC

http://www.rimrockbullets.net/catalog/

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No they are 305-gr WFN GC

http://www.rimrockbullets.net/catalog/
Thanks J_B,

I'll check them out. I reload all my 44 & 45's...

I've been using H110 with CCI Magnum primers. Someone was telling me that they use Trail Boss, but I haven't seen any data for 44 Mag.
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