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Old 12-07-2005, 04:13 AM
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Anyone using 44 Special for Hunting

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PLease provide PRO'S & CON'S on using the 44 special for hunting game animals from rabbits to whitetails.

If you have any stories to share or photos of game taken please post.

From all charts and tables I looked at, the 357mag out shoots the 44 special, but with the larger grain bullet of 240 grains in the 44, the wound channel should produce more blood on larger game animals, making it easier to track. Am I correct?

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Old 12-07-2005, 10:23 AM
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I would take my SBH hunter with 44 specials over my .357 anyday. I have a set of dies coming today that will be used exclusively for loading 44 specials. I plan on using only specials for whitetail hunting. I don't feel the need to flex my manhood by shooting the hottest, fastest, and most "powerful" magnum.

Don't let the numbers fool you. As a rule of thumb, I go with the big bullet to create a bigger hole.

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Old 12-07-2005, 02:28 PM
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In Oklahoma, the ODWC has ruled that revolver cartridges for deer gun season must have a case length of 1 & 1/4 inches. This allows use of the 357 ,41, 44 MAG and 45 Colt and larger cartridges, but not the 44 Special! Then the next rule covers Semiautomatic handguns and allows the use of any semi cartridge of 40 caliber or larger and the 357 SIG, so you can hunt deer legally with a 45ACP or 45 GAP!!! How's that for nonlogic!! I would love to take a deer with my Charter Arms Target Bulldog, but cannot and I would not even consider the 45 ACP to be adequate.....because the 44 Sp can be loded much hotter....HARUMPH HARUMPH
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Old 12-07-2005, 03:32 PM
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Never heard of any CON's with the 44SP. If you are using a good 240/250gr cast bullet at 900-950fps, and can shoot, your revolver problems are forever cured. After wearing out a very fine M29, I finally realized that any 'stopping' problems that I had were induced by pilot error rather than any lack of horsepower. Many years ago during a jackrabbit population explosion, friends and I discovered that .357's would consistantly pass through without stopping the tough critters and required follow up while .44Specials and .45's would drop them handily. There are many other stories, but none of failure. Enjoy and welcome to the Associates.
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Old 12-07-2005, 03:43 PM
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Get some of Marshall's 250 grain 429421 Kieth bullets, load with 17-18 grains of 2400 and go shooting. I'm not a big Elmer fan but he did do some good things for us 44 guys. That bullet and powder combination is very effective. Dad used it in his old SW trooper in 44 sp. That's how I got hooked. I use the same bullet /powder combo in my 7 1/2" RH. I like it alot.

I was just looking at Marshall's bullet list and I know he builds them. They don't cost that much either.

Sorry Marshall, I cast my own
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