Which .44 Mag round on Whitetail?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by ninjatoth, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    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.:confused:
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     

  3. Dragonheart

    Dragonheart New Member

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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.
     
  4. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    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.
     
  5. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    I would go with 240 RN
     
  6. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Using a 44 cal Hollow Point on a whitetail will destroy a lot of edible meat.
     
  7. Longnkrnch

    Longnkrnch New Member

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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.
     
  8. kyotekilr

    kyotekilr New Member

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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
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  10. Dtm

    Dtm New Member

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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.
     
  11. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I load the 240 XTP Hornady's for my buds 44mag. They do a fine job on whitetails.
     
  12. Nozzlehead

    Nozzlehead New Member

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    I like the 240 XTPs myself.
     
  13. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    240 grain JHP. Wack them in the neck drops them on the spot with vetabrae missing.Makes them bleed out well also and there isnt much meat in the neck to ruin.