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HI guys. Went to my monthly club shoot and after the shoot I let the guys shoot my 7.5" SBH. I been making Lyman 429421 hard cast at about 255gr. over about 20 grains of 2400.One of the real good shots-hunter told me for pigs he would use a 300 gr and push it a lot slower. I will be shooting pigs at about 50 yards max if I find some.He said the shock wave of the load Is better for the kill. My question is,is my 250-255 gr bullets good for the pigs or do I need to go with a slower 300 gr bullet? I made some 255 gr.swc over 5.5 bullseye and he said to slow it down to about that with the 300 gr..(maybe 1,000 fps.)
 

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I like a wider meplat than the bullet that you are using, but it will work with proper shot placement a requirement with any bullet. I also like the 300 grain bullets best. Speed is your choice as long as you do not exceed 1400 FPS with hard cast bullets
 

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Billy; I used a 250 Keith at 1000 fps for deer for many years, and at handgun ranges (50 to 60 yards) it did just fine. Within the last five years or so I have been using the wide meplat heavyweights (300 in my Blackhawk, and 325 and 405 in my Redhawks). Regardless of the bullet weight, I always load to a tad over 1000 fps, and have found penetration to be excellent. Go to John Linebaughs website and read his writings on the 45 LC, velocity, penetration and killing power....the same applies to the 44 mag...or, just about any other large caliber handgun...........but, like JWP says, its all about shot placement, and I know of no load or cartridge that can make up for a poorly placed shot.
 

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Just use a wide nosed bullet and don't worry about it. Pigs aren't good at math, anyway :D

My first two pig kills were with a 325 or maybe 335gr. WFNGC. Never chronographed that exact load but figured out later that it probably wasn't doing over 1,000fps, based on other chrono results from that same can of powder. It accounted for two DRT pig kills with two shots.

A 240gr. SWC will go right through a pig's skull, no problem, from a 44 mag loaded to about 1,000fps.
 

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Thanks you guys.That John Linebaughs web site is a good one.. So what i'm hearing from you guys is that I need to keep what ever bullet I use to about 1,000 fps or a little faster.I don't need them to fly at top speeds.I've been looking at the Beartooth 300g WFNGC .Looks like a nice bullet so I might pick up a 100 and try them out.(Like to buy so bullets from here to help this great sit).
 

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MikeG said:
A 240gr. SWC will go right through a pig's skull, no problem, from a 44 mag loaded to about 1,000fps.

At 1000 FPS one has the equivalent of a 44 SPL. load in magnum brass
 
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