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As I have posted before I seem to have one of those overbore .44 mags. My question is, since this thing is not that accurate with JSP can the non-expanding cast that I can get in .432 be used for hunting or is the expanding bullet needed? Thanks Tim for showing me where to find those BTW.
 

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I think a good cast bullet load should be about as good as anything in the .44 mag.
 

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Thanks for the fast reply Coyote. I thought, if they could be used, that the Keith type would be better then the RFN since none of them will expand.
 

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When you are using cast bullets, penetration is the answer.So a rfn will tend to penetrate better than a swc.I know in my 357 180 gr wfngc will go completely thru a mule deer and let a lot of air in, just my2c Doug
 

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I feel your pain on the oversize .44 as I had one. I never got anything to group consistently. The best I did was with the Hornady 300gr XTPs and a max load of H110. I sold my barrel to someone that was going to make a 445 super mag out of it. The 432 beartooth bullets didn't do well in it either. I do shoot laser cast bullets in my 45/70 and while I killed a deer with them this year and got a complete pass through I don't think I got any expansion. I guess the thing to remember is that a 44/45 slug that has not expanded is probably larger than an expanded .30. Good luck with that old barrel. The new ones reportedly have tightened up a lot and if I have any cash left after Christmas I will probably order one. I really like single shots and I really want one to shoot good in .44. It could be a case of "Hope springs eternal" or "There is one born every moment".

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Well Ranger I was going to get some beartooth .432 cast for this project. Now after your post I might just get some Hornady 300gr. I think I will solve my problem after season when I just send my frame back for a .30-30. Please tell me no one is having trouble with those. This has been one frustrating barrel.
 

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If there is a NEF barrel with almost no problems it is the 30-30.Now that I have said that the naysayers will chime in. I love my 30-30 it shoots everything I load it with more accuracy, than I can use . hth Doug
 

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When using cast bullets in a large caliber (35 and up) the best results come from a heavy bullet with a wide flat nose. They already have the size (diameter) needed for a clean kill so you want it to plow through and damage as much as possible. A round nose bullet has a tendency to push through with out much damage, even a large 45 round nose does not kill as well as you might expect. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I shoot a 440 grain 50 caliber bullet with a 90% meplat so I don'tworry about expansion. A clean 45 caliber hole through the ribs of anything that breathes quickly lets the air out.
 

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If there is a NEF barrel with almost no problems it is the 30-30.Now that I have said that the naysayers will chime in. I love my 30-30 it shoots everything I load it with more accuracy, than I can use . hth Doug
That and the 45-70's... ;) ;)

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