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Old January 1st, 2009, 07:34 PM   #1
 
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I have been loading 44 mag since 1973, and have been casting (429421 and the lee 310 gr) since 1974. My question is, what is the heaviest bullets available for 44. My son wants to hunt North Carolina pigs and I want to try some heavy duty. My Marlin 1894 feeds the 310 grs no problem. But is there anything heavier. Bullet or mold.

My 4 vaqueros, one superblackhawk, one Marlin 1894 and one puma 44 will be my test guns.

Thanks for letting me pick you minds for this info.



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Old January 1st, 2009, 08:54 PM   #2
 
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Beartooth Bullets makes several heavyweights.........

http://www.beartoothbullets.com/bulletselect/index.htm

Scroll down the bullet selection menu on the left to find the 44 cal bullets.

I cannot attest to them personally, but they have a good reputation. One of these days I will try some. However, they are small business and behind in production, so it might be a while before you could get any.........
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 06:10 AM   #3
 
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Here are some for you:
Cast bullet companies:

http://www.proshootpro.com/index.htm
http://www.mtbaldybullets.com/
http://montanabulletworks.com/
http://www.castperformance.com/Categ...st+Performance
https://beartoothbullets.com/tech_notes/index.htm
Have fun. Call 'em first, make sure they are in stock.

I have personal good experience with Proshootpro and castperformance. Good guys.
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If I remember correctly Linebaugh recommends 270 - 300 gr. max. for an effecient heavy hunting bullet in the .44 mag. In his Linebaugh .45 Colts he will go up to 310 gr. because of a larger case.

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I called leadheads(proshootpro.com) and talked to the owner/bullet maker. He was very nice and informative(gave me load info). He also had my bullets to me in less than a week. I've tried to talk to some of the others listed in sonnytoo's post. One took 2 weeks to get on the phone and I'm still waiting on my order. The other told me it would be 3-4 months b/4 they could fill an order.
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I have some www.garrettcartridges.com 310gr Hammerheads @ 1325fps (for use in S&W, DW, Ruger, Colt, Taurus and TC the box says). You might check with them for bullet availability and the performance of this load in loading something similar.

If these won't get the job done, you'll need something with more HP than a .44 Mag, methinks. The NC pigs can't be tougher than Russian Boar in Kommiefornia.
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If I remember correctly Linebaugh recommends 270 - 300 gr. max. for an effecient heavy hunting bullet in the .44 mag. In his Linebaugh .45 Colts he will go up to 310 gr. because of a larger case.

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Yeah: I figured about the same. There's a balance between bullet weight and velocity.

I'm currently working up some .44 Mag loads for pig hunting with my Marlin 1894. I'm using Speer 270 gr Gold Dot JSP bullets and W296 powder.
I shot some a week ago, and need to go back to the range for some chrono and accuracy work.
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Try Randy Moyer in Pennsylvania. He's a nice guy and ships quickly. I am very satisfied with his product.
http://www.moyerscastbullets.com/
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I was reading on Leverguns the 1-38" inch twist used in the Marlin .44mag rifles limits the rifle to bullets no heavier than about a 320 grain bullet. YMMV!!!

I'm just passing on some info as I'm thinking about doing the same thing.

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I was reading on Leverguns the 1-38" inch twist used in the Marlin .44mag rifles limits the rifle to bullets no heavier than about a 320 grain bullet. YMMV!!!

I'm just passing on some info as I'm thinking about doing the same thing.

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On the Marlin forums, the best results w/ a .44 Mag 1894 seem to be with
240-300 gr. bullets.

My 1894 is a newer model, w/ Ballard-type rifling, not Micro-Groove.
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