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tomkat 10-13-2011 09:23 PM

.44 Magnum Rifle Cartridge
 
What do forum members feel the best self defense bullet weight and type would be coming out of a .44 mag rifle.

JonM 10-13-2011 09:28 PM

depends on the rifle. my ruger 44 carbine likes a 240-300grain bullet.

if its a semi-auto just about any 44mag load that cycles the action will work. the 44mag is a very very powerful round out of a 16+ inch barrel. makes the revolver fired round look like a capgun. the majority of the energy of the 44 out of a revolver is lost as the barrels arent long enough to utilize all the energy in the charge.

fmj 10-13-2011 09:37 PM

My .44 mag carbine LOVES to eat 240 JHP sitting on 18.5 gr 2400.

The wife can do sub 1" groups... I can get 1" groups.:eek:

Not sure a .44 carbine would be my first choice for self defense though.

tomkat 10-13-2011 10:31 PM

Thanks to JonM and fmj for the reply. I agree with fmj that 44 mag is not my self defense first choice but, I no longer hunt and want a really good load for this single shot rifle.

Marlinman 10-13-2011 10:40 PM

Just curious but what kind of single shot is it?

ninjatoth 10-13-2011 11:42 PM

I would use a Hornady 180gr hollowpoint myself,they have alot of energy for the one shot you do have plus less overpenetration.

tomkat 10-14-2011 12:56 AM

Marlinman. It is an H & R Model 258 Handy Gun II. I have both the .44 mag and the 20 gauge barrel.

Marlinman 10-14-2011 01:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tomkat
Marlinman. It is an H & R Model 258 Handy Gun II. I have both the .44 mag and the 20 gauge barrel.

They are a good gun.

ninjatoth 10-14-2011 02:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 600765)
depends on the rifle. my ruger 44 carbine likes a 240-300grain bullet.

if its a semi-auto just about any 44mag load that cycles the action will work. the 44mag is a very very powerful round out of a 16+ inch barrel. makes the revolver fired round look like a capgun. the majority of the energy of the 44 out of a revolver is lost as the barrels arent long enough to utilize all the energy in the charge.

I did alot of research on the .44 mag before I bought my revolver,and what I discovered was from about 16" down to 6" you lose about half your energy,then from 6" to 2" you lose yet another half.

robocop10mm 10-14-2011 04:11 AM

A lighter (180 gr) HP will tend to have less penetration and violent expansion at carbine velocities. For HD in a .44 I would look at a 200 gr Sper Gold Dot as it has a HUGE hollow point. Loaded to under 1200 it would be devastating.


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