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Old 11-17-2015, 11:42 PM
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I have a super black hawk 44mag and was wondering what you guys recommend for deer hunting???? I currently have some Hornady self defence rounds but not sure how good they would be.

Another question any recommendations for a holster for the same gun I have a scope on it so I just cant go to the store and pick one out.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:02 AM
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I highly recommend the Winchester "white box" 240 grain jacketed soft points for deer/hogs. After killing several truckloads with this load I started loading a duplicate. This round will do lots of damage and exit 90% of the time. Just what I want! Many defense loads are not gonna give you two holes.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:04 AM
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underwoodammo.com

Although its a 44 so you could prob shoot an acorn out of it and get a deer. I am sure what Apex said is fine too. But for those that don't load underwood has the best stuff out there. They have XTP's and hard casts. But some will say hard casts don't qualify as an expanding bullet. That's up to you and the GW, if one asks.
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:42 PM
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:58 PM
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I like Ga. Arms "Deer Stoppers" 240gr JHP for Deer and Hog!!!! I also have some 200gr Deer Stoppers and some Hornady 225gr FTX LE's but I hadn't used either for hunting yet!!!!
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:03 PM
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Vote #2 for Winchester white box. 240 grain jfp. Best deal in factory loaded .44 mag ammo I think.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:43 AM
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Hornady 44 Mag 225 gr FTX LEVERevolution. Killer for sure!!
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:54 AM
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My ruger likes federal premium 240gr hydrashok
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:21 PM
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All of the above mentioned rounds work. I have had great success accuracy/killing game with the Hornady 225 gr. FTX factory load. The .44 is just a killer.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:37 PM
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240 gr. JHPs
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Old 12-24-2015, 07:35 AM
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Another vote for the Winchester white box 240gr jacketed soft points. The HPs work, but the soft points give you better penetration for deer-and-hog sized critters. Two holes is a good thing. Cheap and accurate, too.
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Another vote for the Winchester white box 240gr jacketed soft points. The HPs work, but the soft points give you better penetration for deer-and-hog sized critters. Two holes is a good thing. Cheap and accurate, too.
X2 here.

Depending on which flavor you decide, you'll have 240 gr of lead traveling 1200-1400 fps. One style or brand isn't going to make a huge difference over another in my honest opinion.
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:45 PM
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Poke a hole in the engine compartment with any of the choices mentioned and you'll be in venison. My favorite load out of my 629 Classic is a 200 grain Hornady XTP behind a manly man charge of 296 powder (max load per reloading manual).

The 200 grain is more than heavy enough for white tails and scoots along rather quickly!

Best of luck with your chosen load.
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What kind of holster do you want.. Belt , or shoulder , or across-the-chest rig?
I have a couple huge holsters left over from my days of owning a T/C Contender with 10" barrels.
I'd give them to you for a few bucks to pay for gas money driving to Acworth.
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I do not like the way the hornady lever bullets come apart. Ga arms has some fine 240gr hp deer stopper bullets and you cannot go wrong with the Winchester white box 240gr
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Winchester white box 240gr JFN gave full penetration from a carbine on this big bodied buck.
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X3 on the white box...
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Hornady 44 Mag 225 gr FTX LEVERevolution. Killer for sure!!


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All of the above mentioned rounds work. I have had great success accuracy/killing game with the Hornady 225 gr. FTX factory load. The .44 is just a killer.





I've heard enough praise over these for a while now....going to give them a try at the range in my Redhawk soon. If they shoot well then I may give them a try in the fall....or perhaps sooner on a hog.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:14 PM
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I shoot my own 240 cast bullets made from wheel weights.

I don't use a scope on hand guns.
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X5 for the white box Winchesters for a factory load. My Anaconda prefers the 200 grain XTP over a healthy dose of 2400.
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:01 PM
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Been hunting with this round in both carbines and my SBH since 1980, when the kids were still home we had 2 Ruger auto carbines and a couple of SBH's.
I shot a small buck with my SBH and 200 grain hollow points. Entered like a bullet and came out like a shotgun. It killed the deer but I prefer a bullet that comes out like a mushroom. So we started hunting with 240 JSP (A jacketed bullet with about 1/4" of exposed solid lead no hollow point).
This was back when the doe limits were first starting to increase. I had 2 boys and a wife hunting. The 44 JSP had many opportunities as the boys and wife generally shot most of the deer they saw. This adds up to many years of hunting with that bullet. I still have the first Ruger carbine we bought and my old Superblack Hawk. I shoot mostly handloads, always have, but have used factory fodder on occasion. Both work well.
Point is I only hunt with 240 grain JSP's.
If a big shielded boar decides to teach you a lesson, then I don't want any hollow points in my pistol.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:15 AM
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My .44 SRH is a 50-75 yard gun; I load 300 gr XTP and LBT bullets. I really prefer the heavier bullet vs light and fast; anything 300 gr going above 1100 fps at impact is going to hammer a deer and punch in deep without blowing it apart on exit. Great on hogs too !!

My 1250 fps 300 XTP load goes subsonic at 100 so I use the .454 for longer shooting. I can print groups at 100M [109 yd] but keep a red dot on the .44 now; scoped up on the .454.
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As stated above. Winchester white box 240 grain is hard to beat for .44 mag.
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:30 AM
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Also as stated above. The 300 grain will fall flat over 100 yards. Another option is the 225 grain hornady leverevolution. Always shot great for me. .
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As stated above. Winchester white box 240 grain is hard to beat for .44 mag.
Agreed.....and it can generally be found for decent prices.....unless you are in Gander Mountain. I was shocked at their insanely high ammo prices....no wonder the place was virtually empty of customers.



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Also as stated above. The 300 grain will fall flat over 100 yards. Another option is the 225 grain hornady leverevolution. Always shot great for me. .



I'm going to try that 225gr version in my revolver for those perfect close shots. I'll pass at extend ranges.....unless I'm also carrying the .45/70 rifle, in which case I'll run the bigger Leverevolution shell.










And to think that I used to feel like the .44 mag was a sizable shell.......

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