Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Shiawassee County, MI
neckisred, please describe how/where you shimmed the bolt and which trigger kit you used. Mine typically shots 240 gr with H110 into 3" groups at 100 yards. How did you know that the bolt should be shimmed?
BillyJack, I consider mine a 100 yard deer gun because of how it groups and trajectory of 240 gr bullets....they start dropping considerably past 100 yards. Most of our Michigan deer are shot at 50-60 yards at most. The deer I've taken with the .44 were dead right there, which is a special virtue when hunting small parcels of land. The 77/44 is shorter, lighter, recoils less, and has a better trigger than my 870 slug gun. Handier in a blind and easier to load/unload. I bought mine a while back when I had a bum elbow and handling a 8+lb rifle hurt. Dick Williams Gun Shop recommended the 77/44 over the 99/44 I had picked up at a show. Ended up trading the 99/44 on a 77/44 SS with synthetic stock.
In short, I like mine and it works well. Now, I have one shooting lane out back that would be a 130-140 yard shot and would probably pass on small/medium size deer if they were at the end of the lane. A .450 Bushmaster or Encore/TCR slug gun would be a better choice for that one situation......or wait for the deer to get closer!