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I am interested in the 444 Handi. I was curious of the pros and cons of this caliber in a Handi.
Mainly want to be sure it isn't like some of the finicky calibers like 243 or one that has a different rate of twist on an H&R than say other manufacturers.
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I can't think of any cons other than it isn't a 45-70! If given a choice I'd choose a late production(2007-on) 1:20" extractor over an older 1:38" ejector particularly if you want to shoot heavier bullets.

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I can't think of any cons other than it isn't a 45-70! If given a choice I'd choose a late production(2007-on) 1:20" extractor over an older 1:38" ejector particularly if you want to shoot heavier bullets.



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Good point. Very good point. Thanks

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Stew, I do believe you would like Hornady 240 gr XTP's in either twist barrel. They are accurate and deadly on white tails out of my 1:38 twist 44 Mag Ruger Deerfield. Out of a 444 I'd bet you'd have a solid 200 yard gun.
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Go out and shoot what you have then reload and repeat. Life's too short to have guns in the safe you've never shot and to watch Tapatalk every second for the next buy in GBO Classifieds to sell for a profit on Fleabay deal you can make...

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My grandson uses a 444. It likes factory and reloads equally.

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Go out and shoot what you have then reload and repeat. Life's too short to have guns in the safe you've never shot and to watch Tapatalk every second for the next buy in GBO Classifieds to sell for a profit on Fleabay deal you can make...



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Ok here we go again moderator. Maybe I prefer accumulating and handing down to my kids. How I spend my money is my choice. What I buy is my choice. What I sell is my choice. To be honest about selling on fleabay. I always offer to the gbo forum first and if no takers, and yes if it dont sell here and I make double what I offered to you guys first, so be it. With that said, thank you to the guys with the feedback and for those who are not spiteful and have sent PMs to offer barrels and load data.

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Thanks Shaner. I notice a lot of different grain factory loads out there for it. Good feedback.

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Thanks Shaner. I notice a lot of different grain factory loads out there for it. Good feedback.

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He's 14 used it last year took a doe .practiced some on groundhog over the summer. This year he took a big 220lbs doe. He does say it kicks him like a shotgun but isn't enough to slow him down. I picked it up off armslist guy was about 60 miles away it was a like new synthetic stock with 4x12 scope on it . Paid 250.for it . He always says he'd rather have deer bologna and jerky than a rack lol
Hes sold on the Hornady laverations that's hes preferred hunting round

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He's 14 used it last year took a doe .practiced some on groundhog over the summer. This year he took a big 220lbs doe. He does say it kicks him like a shotgun but isn't enough to slow him down. I picked it up off armslist guy was about 60 miles away it was a like new synthetic stock with 4x12 scope on it . Paid 250.for it . He always says he'd rather have deer bologna and jerky than a rack lol
Hes sold on the Hornady laverations that's hes preferred hunting round

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Good story. I have multiple 357 maxis and have been experimenting with loads. I like the straight walled cartridges and I like the idea of factory loads as well. I may look at a complete rifle for one of these. I was looking at the Leverlutions rounds. A little pricey but seem to be a nice round. Just looking at options.

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