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As some of you may remember, I had a new 44mag barrel fitted to my 45-70 receiver a few months ago and upon receiving it was SHOCKED to find that it was bored at .432 instead of the expected .429

In my quest to make this bugger shoot, I had to find some cast bullets that were sized .432. I found this one at Beartooth Bullets and decided the large meplat was an added bonus to the ability to purchase it sized to the dia. I needed.



The results from today's range trip show the results:





I think I have found my load for deer this year ;D

Load was:

CCI 300
16.8gr. of 2400
265gr. LFP from Beartooth Bullets (sized .432)
 

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Over-bored 44 - the story comes to an end .

to bad about the bore size, but congrats on your groups. Sure looks like a shooter now.

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Over-bored 44 - the story comes to an end .

Thats' great news. Glad to see you made a shooter out of that barrel. :grin:
 

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Over-bored 44 - the story comes to an end .

Mt.J'

first off, good load development. good for you that you stuck with it....since that's one of the big lessons in life.

some may disagree, but i recommend that when shooting a flat-nosed cast bullet (like some of the gun-rag writers do) you try to break a major skeletal structure......and a shoulder is the best of all possible locations. breaking a shoulder should anchor the animal and allow you a second shot.

i've seen deer drop over right where they stood with a jacketed high-velocity bullet. but the hardcast flatnose doesn't seem to kill that way. they can kill quickly......or they can allow the animal to run a pretty good distance!

hit the deer in a manner so as to break the off-side shoulder, and then reload so that you can shoot again if needed.

good hunting to you,

ss'
 

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I just got a .44mag. barrel, when I slugged it, it was .431, I called H&R, I was told their standard .44mag. is .431 with +- .002 tolerance.
I have no idea why they selected .431 as standard, but had I known that, I would never have ordered one.
The .308 Win. barrel I received was also a disappointment, .310 groove diameter, again ,I called and was told standard was .308, but +- .002, so .310 was in specs.
Not happy about this, at all. :(
 

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Over-bored 44 - the story comes to an end .

Nice groups Jerry- minute-of deer for sure.

No issues chambering the bigger diameter bullets in your chamber?
 

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Over-bored 44 - the story comes to an end .

Hey Cheatermk3!

Hope you trip to Montana was a good one! I'm expecting a post around here with pictures!!!!

No problems chambering ... no stuck cases ... nothing, zip, nada ...

I am a happy camper :lol:

Montanan,

Enjoyed talking with you too ... look forward to our visit next week. I plan on bringning pen and paper to write down all the stuff I'm gonna drag out of your brain regarding the 45-70 :-D
 
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