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Old October 13th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #1
 
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What Ammunition for hunting with 44mag

Hi I;m useing a Ruger 44mag super redhawk this year to hunt deer with. What Ammunition should I use? And should I buy reloaded ammo from a good Co. Or stay with the factory stuff? If I should go with a good reloaded ammo who do I use? Hope someone can help.



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Old October 14th, 2007, 02:04 AM   #2
 
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In .357, I have had super luck with the Federal Vital Shok, with Barnes Expanders...they are awsome. Good luck deer hunting this year! Post pics if your hunt works out!

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I have had good results with 240g Federal Fusion and 270g Speer Gold Dot Soft Points. Either one is way more then enough for deer.
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Old October 14th, 2007, 11:01 AM   #4
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Personally speaking, I'd be comfortable with any JHP or JSP of 240 gr. and up from a name brand manufacturer. That's what I've used before (unfortunately I didn't bag any deer however) and I believe at the time it was a 240 gr. load from Federal.
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Thanks guys. I will try some different 240gr. Tell me if I'm wrong but I was told to shoot pumpkins with the gun to see what load did the best? Is this a good idea?
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If you can't find any terrorists...pumpkins will do...
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Old October 15th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I will try some different 240gr. Tell me if I'm wrong but I was told to shoot pumpkins with the gun to see what load did the best? Is this a good idea?
I don't know if it will really tell you anything but it sounds like fun
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Shooting pumpkins is not a very good way to test ammo differences, but pumpkins and watermelons make great targets and are a lot of fun to shoot. Good Luck. I just got back from a deer hunting trip. Skunked again. I wish you more luck, and at least as much fun, than I had.
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I will try. I found the bullet I'm going to shoot in the Ruger. buffalo bore #4c 270 gr. Speer Uni Core. (1450 fps / M.E. 1260 ft. lbs.)I think that should do the job. I have to make up for my 8pointer from last year LOL. Won the big buck pool and paid for my whole hunt. Guys have fun and thanks for all the info.
http://www.buffalobore.com/ammunition/default.htm#44
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Excellent choice IMHO. I have had good results with this bullet in the factory Speer loading. The buffalo bore loading is a little hotter than the Speer.
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which ever you decide to use practise with it so ya know where your going to hit with it .
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for testing out amunition i like to use soaked phone books they do a pretty good job of simulating animal mass it sure is intresting to see the way that different bullets expand and the penetraition depths
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I loaded up a bunch of .44 magnum rounds for a buddy. He has a Ruger Redhawk. I think the barrel is 5.5 inches long. I used Hornady 240 grain XTP's, 24.0 grains of Winchester 296, Win. LP primers, Rem. brass, and the col at 1.600. They shot great! A very good load. If you buy the Hornady ammo with the 240 grain XTP. You only get 20 rounds. The cost is about $15.00 for 20. Better to load your own. Best place to get ammo & reloading supplies is Midsouth Shooters Supply in Tenn. I buy all most of my reloading bullets & brass from them. I have a buddy at work that lives only 10 minutes from them. I live about 60 miles one way from them. So when I need something, I call and order. And he picks it up for me. gearyr.
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My uncle used Federal Fusions in his Deerfield last year to take a 4 point.

Worked great. 2 shots, one 1/4ing towards on the point of the shoulder, then a quick running shot just behind the front shoulder put him down.
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the hornady xtp in 240 or 300 gr have always worked for me/in going to try their 225gr lever lotion/suppose to be good to about 200yrdsbut ill be sticking closer to100
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