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Old 07-17-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Which .44 Mag round on Whitetail?

I have already decided on what brand of ammo I'm going to use-Hornady because it's readily available at my local store,my question is which one?The 180gr hp,200gr hp,225gr flex,240gr hp or 300gr hp?The deer on average between bucks and does i'm taking are average 150 lbs and my average range is 40 yards in moderate brush and i'm using a 6" S&W 629.



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I would consider the 240 gr HP to be adequate for whitetail in that weight range. The lighter HP's may give insufficient penetration on quartering shots. I personally would be more likely to use a 240 SWC GC. I do not think 300 gr bullets are necessary for such animals.



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If you have ever seen what a 44 magnum will do then the answer is simple. It doesn't make any difference. A hit in anywhere in the vitals of the chest with a 44 magnum and the deer will go down. A hit in the head and I hope you weren't looking for a trophy.

My advice pick the round that is the most accurate.

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I would consider the 240 gr HP to be adequate for whitetail in that weight range. The lighter HP's may give insufficient penetration on quartering shots. I personally would be more likely to use a 240 SWC GC. I do not think 300 gr bullets are necessary for such animals.
That's kind of what I was thinking,my friend wants me to use 300gr but from what i've read those might whizz right through,I figured 240 will have enough weight to penetrate and just enough velocity to open that HP well.
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I would go with 240 RN

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I would go with 240 RN
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Using a 44 cal Hollow Point on a whitetail will destroy a lot of edible meat.
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240 grn XTP works great for me on hogs. I load to 1800fps in a ruger carbine and holds together fine. In handgun velocities it would be great.

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In my experience 240 jsp drops them just fine. I wouldn't say hp r overkill but they are not a must

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I think in the range and size of animal you're talking almost any 44 Mag bullet would do the job. If it were me I would lean towards a JSP which will give you some expansion but still allow for good penetration as well.

I'll be using Speer Deepcurls out of my 44 in the 240gr flavor.

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Hornady 225 gr lever evolution Ftx. 225 gr is plenty for whitetail; the lever evolution round is better than other flat nosed rounds in both rifles and pistols. The accuracy difference is noticeable.



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