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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 12:43 AM
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I like the old Speer 3/4 jacket 225 hp, excellent expansion and accurate. I have used Hornady 240XTP's and found they to be a little tough for white tailed deer. I have never recovered one as they went through and left little indication of expansion. My favorite hunting bullet for the 44 is still the Keith 429421 , solid for hogs, over 22/2400-- old Elmer load and same load with the HP version which is deadly on white tail deer.
On your Taurus check chamber mouths and slug the bore . You should find a cast bullet , usually .001 larger than the bore, that will shoot. My 454RB shoots cast bullets quite well so does my 44M Tracker but I shoot 10.0/unique/215 CSW --I believe Thompson bullet .I do not shoot full bore 44 loads in the Tracker, even though they are supposed to take the loads , just uses it like a 44 special +P+.
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those old speer half jacketed bullets were my favorite jacketed bullets in 41s and 44s. They expanded when others wouldn't and allways seem to stay together and penetrate. That and in most cases were the most accurate jacketed hunting bullets ive found. I don't use jacketed bullets. Well at least not more then a few a year. I shoot about 99 percent cast. I guess if I was held down and made to shoot only jacketed bullets today id probably be a big fan of xtps.
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I like the old Speer 3/4 jacket 225 hp, excellent expansion and accurate. I have used Hornady 240XTP's and found they to be a little tough for white tailed deer. I have never recovered one as they went through and left little indication of expansion. My favorite hunting bullet for the 44 is still the Keith 429421 , solid for hogs, over 22/2400-- old Elmer load and same load with the HP version which is deadly on white tail deer.
On your Taurus check chamber mouths and slug the bore . You should find a cast bullet , usually .001 larger than the bore, that will shoot. My 454RB shoots cast bullets quite well so does my 44M Tracker but I shoot 10.0/unique/215 CSW --I believe Thompson bullet .I do not shoot full bore 44 loads in the Tracker, even though they are supposed to take the loads , just uses it like a 44 special +P+.

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Looking at purchasing 1000 bullets for my 44 mag (have 2). Will use for both target and hunting. Would look at cast but the Taurus RB does not shoot cast worth a flip. Anyway, Magtech semi jacketed flat nose or Hornady XTPHP in 240 grain...what say you?
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Add another vote for the 240gr XTPs. I have killed deer and hogs with that bullet from 44 Mag pistols and a Ruger carbine. No complaints from any of the critters I shot! I bought several hundred of those bullets here in the classifieds and never paid full retail.

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I used the magtech 240 jsp in a sabot in my optima BP pistol to get a deer this past season. It worked perfectly. I will use this bullet again!
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yup dinny, if your going to use a jacketed bullet for killing animals xtps are rarely a mistake. /
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Add another vote for the 240gr XTPs. I have killed deer and hogs with that bullet from 44 Mag pistols and a Ruger carbine. No complaints from any of the critters I shot! I bought several hundred of those bullets here in the classifieds and never paid full retail.

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I don't recall ever shooting a store bought jacketed bullet from my .44

Or my .45 Colt, either.

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post #28 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-11-2017, 08:52 PM
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Take a look at the Nosler 44 240 gr bullet. I have bee buying their blems ($16-18) per hundred and the shoot great. Been shooting them in My Encore 24 in 445 SM barrel. Doing 2240 fps - shot one into water jugs and found one in the 3 jug and it weighs 92.5 grs. Surprised it held together at that velocity.



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When I get enough kids out of my house to put my reloading equipment out I'm going to find a Keith 250 grainer that my 7 1\2 Ruger bisley Blackhawk likes, last few years I have used American eagle 240 grain jacketed hollow point factory load. In my fun with the rear sight bottomed out it shoots dead on at 100 yards.
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I would use whatever bullet and load the gun like's best. Cheaper the better, more to practice with. With the diameter and weight of most .44 bullets, just getting it in the right spot is 99% of what you need to do. Only 2 animals I might get real picky with bullet construction would be bear and elk. Then you would go with penetration over expansion. XTP's if at the right price, hard cast will do just fine, I make my own and gas check them. More fun at the steel swinger, and less hurt on the wallet if you miss, although now that I think of it, expensive jacketed HP might just make ya a better shot. Miss with a .30 bullet and you might try harder with the next one. gypsyman

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