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Old 10-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #21
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I load 240gr XTPs for everything, they have not let me down yet.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:58 PM   #22
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I would avoid hollow points for hunting. You want a bullet that will go all the way through your quarry to leave an exit wound so the animal bleeds out quickly and humanely. Contrary to popular belief pistols do not have enough energy to stun an animal by shock, not even the S&W X frame. Pistols kill much like archery equipment, causing the animal to bleed to death. Only adequate centerfire rifles have enough energy to stun/kill a large animal with hydrostatic shock.

The best rounds for hunting are jacketed soft points or cast bullets with a gas check. Try several different bullets to see which one your pistol shoots accurately.

Thats just my two cents.

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I can't count the number of deer I have shot with my .357 using hollow points. The last few years using Hornady XTP 158 gr. I have not had to track one of them over 50 yards. Most dropped pretty much where they were standing. All shot 25 yards or shorter in distance. I guess my deer did not read were a hollow point should not be used!
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Modern JHPs work just fine for hunting. Most of them penetrate at least 12 inches in muscle tissue with a handgun. That's more than adequate for the average white tail with proper shot placement.
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tomingreeneco Theres a hell of a difference in a 158gr hp 357 and a 240gr HP in a 44mag reacts when it stricks a deer. For a 357 I like heavy bonded hp or sp. 170 and 180gr hand loads shuffling along at 1350fps plus. No factory slooo-mo rounds need apply. You still need to have a great bullet placement or DON'T SHOOT.
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Give me my 44 with golddot hp's. 210 grain loaded to 1600fps makes my blackhawk a deer killing machine.

Note, went down from 240 to 210 grain a couple years ago. Much flatter ballistics to 200 yds. I target shoot at this distance. plenty of terminal performance. 50 yds tracking after 1 round has been the longest runner.

Been deer hunting with this rig for almost 20 years now. Hp's the whole time, never any problems. Forget magazine articals the 44 is plenty good enough, and the lighter bullets are plenty on thin skin game.
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tomingreeneco Theres a hell of a difference in a 158gr hp 357 and a 240gr HP in a 44mag reacts when it stricks a deer. For a 357 I like heavy bonded hp or sp. 170 and 180gr hand loads shuffling along at 1350fps plus. No factory slooo-mo rounds need apply. You still need to have a great bullet placement or DON'T SHOOT.
I use a 158 gr XTP by Hornady with 15.5 grs of H110/Winchester 296 / magnum primer. More then enough for any whitetail deer. Unless the ones you hunt wear Kevlar vests.
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Just don't like screw'n with average when better is out there.
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I really thought people had given up on 2400 as a good powder for the 44 Mag . I used 2400 when it was all we had .
Now we have a clean powder we can use like 296 or H110 .
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I really thought people had given up on 2400 as a good powder for the 44 Mag . I used 2400 when it was all we had .
Now we have a clean powder we can use like 296 or H110 .
Got to agree with this H110 is way cleaner and provides nice velocities. Longshot also has a couple interesting loads in 44 mag. Nice clean burning powder for high velocities.

2400 at times is like shooting black powder, lots of smoke and flash. Good velocity but lots of cleanup afterward!
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