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Old April 20th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #1
 
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Factory hunting loads for my .44

I just purchased a SBH hunter and was wondering what factory loads would be good for whitetails in the Adirondacks of upstate NY. This is the first handgun Ive owned for hunting and have no idea what would be best. I appreciate any insight!



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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #2
 
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My favorite factory load for my 4 5.8 SBH is Winchester white box 240 grain soft points. I've had too many bad experiences with hollowpoints to ever go back for most uses however the softpoints give great penetration and expansion. I shot my last deer theough and through the shoulders with about a quarter sized exit hole. And they also happen to be very cheap, only about 2 bucks more then the cowboy action loads around here for 50 (around $34). Good luck this season.
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I'd agree on half of that....Personally I don't like Winchester ammo. NONE of my guns have ever liked it either. WWB 240 shot a 6" group out of my SRH.
BUT like Cowboy said, a 240gr soft point is a VERY good bullet for whitetail deer. I'd say try a 2-3 different brands and see what the gun likes. You may be suprised. Try Remington, WWB, and Federal. My first choice would be Federal.
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The load that would be good for whitetail would be the load that is most accurate in your Super Black Hawk. I agree the 240 gr soft points would do a good job, penetrate deeply and leave a good blood trail. I also think the 240 gr JHP would work as well.

Buffalo Bore makes a 300 gr JFN that would work well (as in flatten) on some of the big bucks in the Upstate NY area. They are expensive and powerful so it is really up to you to decide. Again what shoots the best and what you can shoot the best is what you need. Once you decide then practice hard to establish your maximum range and get comfortable with your revolver. Part of the fun in getting ready for deer season.

Incidently I commend you on starting this process early enough so you can practice hard and will be an old hand at it when you lower the hammer on that big 10 pointer. Lets us know how you make out with the ammo and pics of your kill. Good luck.
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My favorite factory load for my 4 5.8 SBH is Winchester white box 240 grain soft points. I've had too many bad experiences with hollowpoints to ever go back for most uses however the softpoints give great penetration and expansion. I shot my last deer theough and through the shoulders with about a quarter sized exit hole. And they also happen to be very cheap, only about 2 bucks more then the cowboy action loads around here for 50 (around $34). Good luck this season.
Can you please explain the bad experiences you've had with "hollow point" ammo? Not trying to start a debate or argument, but I've never had any issues with the HP's I've tried or reload with. So, just curious.
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This isn't monster brown bears....it's whitetail deer. Hornady 240 gr XTP.
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240 grain JSP; whichever brand your revolver likes best, should work fine. I haven't ever considered JHP for hunting so not sure about them.

And, welcome to the board, Hope Hunter.
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My SBH Hunter loves to shoot 300Gr Hornady XTP rounds these were much more accurate then the 240Gr XTP rounds. The choice is your finds the round that shoots the best and then practice with it a lot to get good. You will burn some ammo over the summer for sure. I normally wear a insulated glove when hunting so that is how I practice. I also recommend a good holster to carry it in.

The SBHH is a incredible hunting gun if you are willing to spend the time to learn it and its range
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RugerGP100; Sorry for the slow reply i've been trying to find the recovered 240 XTP we got out of the last deer we took with a hollowpoint. Not trying to start a war over bullet design, already been in a couple of those here. My brother shot a average-smallish buck whitetail (120 live weight) from a distance of 34 inches and had a core/jacket sepparation which resilted in the bullet not exiting and requiring 2 follow up shots at 7 and 10 yards. Both were probably not nesasary but when you shoot a deer at LESS then card table distance with almost zero effect you experience a crisis of faith and the natural instinct tends to kick in then... a solid Keith style bullet or my prefered softpoint would most likely have made two nice holes, one on each side. we have had other cases of bullet failure under conditions that were less than ideal. Most handgun hunters will tell you that under most circumstances a good hollowpoint will do its job beautifully. Agreed. However anybody that hunts much knows that sooner or later it will all hit the fan no matter how hard you try. A softpoint will reliably do its job, in my opinion, every time. We're talking .44 magnum here, how much more expansion do you need? I have gotten what i consider an excelent ballance of expansion and penatration with the Winchester sp's. One of my brothers was forced to shoot a wounded mule deer (wounded with a rifle) last season with his SBH using 240 Winchester soft points at a range of around 20 yards under the tail as it ran away. The bullet traveled the length of the buck and exeted out the front of his chest leaving a nice sized exit hole. It piled him up! In regards to Lefty's comment WWB ammo is the only softpoint loading i could find locally, my guns like it but don't love it, accuracy isn't amazing but it isnt horrible. Sorry long rant, maybe we were asking too much from them but we have never had a problem with soft points and they are my all around load for everyday as well as hunting. Hope this clears things up and doesn't raise heck.
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Thanx to all who have given me some insight! Sounds like I have some work to do. I figured it was gonna be a buy and shoot to see what shoots best out of my SBH but I think you have narrowed it down for me. It doesnt seem like anyone likes the 180 gr loads so I wont even go there. Thanx again and Ill let ya know what I go with!
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Attachment 2463 There, not my definition of preformance, would the XTP fans in the back please take note?

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Attachment 2463 There, not my definition of preformance, would the XTP fans in the back please take note?
Need more info. What was it recovered from? Caliber? Velocity?
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RugerGP100; Sorry for the slow reply i've been trying to find the recovered 240 XTP we got out of the last deer we took with a hollowpoint. Not trying to start a war over bullet design, already been in a couple of those here. My brother shot a average-smallish buck whitetail (120 live weight) from a distance of 34 inches and had a core/jacket sepparation which resilted in the bullet not exiting and requiring 2 follow up shots at 7 and 10 yards. Both were probably not nesasary but when you shoot a deer at LESS then card table distance with almost zero effect you experience a crisis of faith and the natural instinct tends to kick in then... a solid Keith style bullet or my prefered softpoint would most likely have made two nice holes, one on each side. we have had other cases of bullet failure under conditions that were less than ideal. Most handgun hunters will tell you that under most circumstances a good hollowpoint will do its job beautifully. Agreed. However anybody that hunts much knows that sooner or later it will all hit the fan no matter how hard you try. A softpoint will reliably do its job, in my opinion, every time. We're talking .44 magnum here, how much more expansion do you need? I have gotten what i consider an excelent ballance of expansion and penatration with the Winchester sp's. One of my brothers was forced to shoot a wounded mule deer (wounded with a rifle) last season with his SBH using 240 Winchester soft points at a range of around 20 yards under the tail as it ran away. The bullet traveled the length of the buck and exeted out the front of his chest leaving a nice sized exit hole. It piled him up! In regards to Lefty's comment WWB ammo is the only softpoint loading i could find locally, my guns like it but don't love it, accuracy isn't amazing but it isnt horrible. Sorry long rant, maybe we were asking too much from them but we have never had a problem with soft points and they are my all around load for everyday as well as hunting. Hope this clears things up and doesn't raise heck.

Thanks for getting back to me on this. Yes, I could see where you wouldn't be thrilled with the performance of the hollow points. You gotta go with what works for you. I haven't shot a deer, so that's why I was asking.

I'm a huge fan of the 125gr, XTP Hollow Points. I've never had a separation issue like your picture above (another post). But that's not to say, it couldn't happen. If I did have this issue though, it would give me pause to think as well.

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OK a little disclaimer first off; every member of my family that carries a .38 (including me) carries 125 gr XTP's for sd. Second, if hollowpoints are working for you, use them. I'm not trying to "convert" anybody or start a war, just my observations, for the hunting we do.
Lefty; factory .44 magnum, 240 grain, published velocity of 1400? sorry not sure on that and we never crony'ed them. Hope this helped.
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