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Old February 6th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #1
 
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Know any good .44Mag loads for hogs?

I've seen a few articles about rounds for hogs but they vary. I've heard hard-cast is the way to go as hollow-poinst expand too fast. Any thoughts or advice?



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Old February 6th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #2
 
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I stand behind Buffalo Bore, literally for my extra heavy duty needs. I don't think it gets any better than their 340 grain +P+ HC-GC load with the LBT Wide, Flat Nose boolit in it running at a claimed 1400fps. This is my chosen bear load and would work nicely in a hog i'd say. If i got the chance to hunt hogs tommorrow i'd probably run out and buy me some 300-310 grain LBT boolits to load but if i was to use a factory load i'd go with the BB +P+ or if i desired standard pressure rounds they load a 305 gr HC bullet at 1350fps that would get Pumba's attention real fast. Another Montana company, HSM offers their "Bear Load" .44 round with the same 305 gr LBT boolit at about 1260fps that sells for exactly half what the BB rounds cost at $40/50 vs. $80/50. I have never used HSM ammo so i can't speak for them but the loaded rounds look good and the WFN boolit is a proven design by a proven company.
In my mind I'll thake penetration over expansion in a large bore handgun, with a heavy solid boolit that has a wide meplat to do damage on large tough critters, not that i have experence with hogs, but i do on cattle as well as neighboring a buffalo ranch that offers hunts year round, you get an idea of what works and what doesn't. Hard cast or JSP for me on everything down to deer and antelope.
Hope that helped some, good luck.
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I have had good luck with 23gr 296 under a 240gr Hornady XTP. This is the ONLY HP I would use. Otherwise, most wide nose had cast bullets would work fine. I handload, so I can't speak for any given factory loads.
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I won't give load data in public on the net, but if you are looking for penetration with a .44, then the best over the counter bullet I have found is the Hornady 265 grain Flat Point #4300...

Designed for .444 Marlin velocities, in a .44 mag pistol or carbine you see very little expansion...

It creates a huge wound channel when driven at 1300 fps from my 7.5" Super Blackhawk...Out of my 1894, I load it at 1600+fps...

I use the Hornady Fourth Edition IMR4227, and H-110 recipes with this bullet...
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.44 magnum?.....................................any of 'em!
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I like taking advantage of the magnums ability to reach beyond the 240 gn level. You can get ggreat penetration with heavier bullets without the "fuss and bother" that comes from driving a 240 fast enough. If I wasn't a reloader, I'd go with the Buffalo Bore,
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I have taken 2 hogs with 340 rain buffalo bore 44 mag and 6 with buffalo bore 45 colt plus p 330 grain load every on had complete penetration and quick death. I even shot a 800 pound red stag with the 45 colt load and 1 shot at 75 yards did the job. A red stag is about the size of a small elk.
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Garret 310 gr hard cast, I have some and they shoot well. I read an article by Gen. Boddington that he used them to take a hog. He said they shoot low, I haven't noticed that yet.
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