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01Foreman400
03-07-2005, 17:53
I just bought a 1894 Marlin 44 Magnum Rifle. My question is, what ammo do you suggest using for deer and hogs?

Thanks,
Darrell

vafish
03-07-2005, 18:01
I use the Winchester White Box 240 Gr JSP from Walmart in my Winchester 94 Trapper.

lazarus
03-08-2005, 19:34
I load a 240 grain JHP (usually a Hornady SXT) over 18 grains of 2400. Works great in my Winchester 94AE and my 629.

CanyonMan
03-08-2005, 20:17
Hey, 'old Lazarus' here sounds like "the Man," with that '2400' powder. ;f


***EDIT NOTE***

Man i Love 2400, 18.5grs - 22.0grs. in the 44 mag, with 250gr cast. OR, 18.5gr. - with the 300gr. cast, i will go to 20.0grs. in 300gr bullet, But be careful here folks. (note, this 22.0gr load, for the 250gr. bullet, is not in a book)!!
(end edit)


(you listening Noway? haha)

OK, that is a good load for the lever gun you got, BUT, if you want to buy the ammo, or 'need to,' i still suggest for the Hogs, to go with a cast bullet. Federal, makes a 300gr. 44 mag cast bullet, that is a very nice round, with 'plenty of thump!'

The Hornady XTP, and the Cast bullet, by 'Cast Performance', or 'Leadheads,' is about it for me. I roll my own, but again, if you do not... The 'Federals' i mentioned above, will be plenty out of that marlin for deer/hogs, with proper shot placement of course.


Good Luck!
Enjoy the Marlin.



CanyonMan

lazarus
03-09-2005, 08:07
a 300 grain bullet over 22 grains of 2400 sounds _really_ hot. I think I would be very careful what guns I shot that load in.

We'll just start calling you Elmer Keith.

OB1
03-09-2005, 08:20
Inherited one of the original Ruger .44 mag. carbines years ago. Used 2400 powder and a 255 gr. semi-wad cast from wheel weights. They stripped in the rifling and never did get any kind of accuracy from them. Either cast hard to avoid stripping, or if you're wanting expansion, use the JSPs.
Yeah, I remember ol' Elmer. received a hand typed letter from him once. Don't know what happened to it, if I still had it I'd frame it.

CanyonMan
03-09-2005, 09:28
a 300 grain bullet over 22 grains of 2400 sounds _really_ hot. I think I would be very careful what guns I shot that load in.


MAJOR WHOA!!! HERE.

I went back and "did an EDIT job on my above post."

I 'meant what i said' in the post, i just did not say it "CLEAR ENOUGH."

I am re-posting that paragraph here as well, with the, (The Edited version).

I 'originally said.....' (quote) "I like 2400 in 18.5gr - 22.0gr, in the 44mag with 250-300gr. bullets"......(end quote).

Which made it "appear," i was using 22.0grs 2400 in the 300gr. bullet. 'Close' but not quite that much.


WHAT I MEANT WAS:


***EDIT NOTE***

Man i Love 2400, 18.5grs - 22.0grs. in the 44 mag, with '250gr cast.'

'OR',... 18.5gr. - with the '300gr. cast,' i will go to 20.0grs. in 300gr bullet, But be careful here folks,(note, this 22.0gr load, for the 250gr. bullet, is not in a book)!! (End Edit)



The 22.0grs, 2400, i use in the "Keith 250gr. bullet," is a handful, 'if you are recoil shy with a handgun.'

But the 18.5 grs. 2400, in "both bullets, 250/300," is MY FAVORITE, and was 'one' of Elmer's as well.


Hope that is crystal ! ;f


Sorry my mind did not get to my fingers in time on the first post, thanks "lazarus," also i 'did not' mean to turn this thread into a reloading bench. ;)



CanyonMan

lazarus
03-09-2005, 09:34
Got it. Don't worry. I wasn't about to try the 300 over 22 load. I like my guns the way they are (not blown up). ;)

A 250 grain cast bullet over 22 grains is still very hot, but it seems a lot more reasonable. I would want to work up to it in a given gun, maybe .5 grains at at time, starting with 18 or so.

What kind of velocity do you get with that load?

To bring the thread back on topic, I have had good success with Hornady Factory ammo in .44 mag as well. You can buy loaded cartrdiges with the 240 SXT, and I get almost identical poitn of impacts with the aforementioned handloads.

.44 Magnum is one cartridge where handloading is substantially cheaper than buying factory cartridges, however.

CanyonMan
03-09-2005, 09:51
Well, again, 'not to turn' "01Foreman400," thread into a reloading forum, but to answer your question....

Out of a Ruger Super BlackHawk, 7 1/2" barrel, the 250gr, Keith with 22.0grs 2400, will run 1425/1445fps. Have "NEVER" damaged a 'Ruger' with this in 30 some years. (not for most other guns).

(you don't even want to know about my 300gr.cast in a " 44special.")
;f



"01Foreman400,"

Good luck on your search for the right bullet in your Marlin!
Do give, the Federal 300gr. a try! ;)


CanyonMan

lazarus
03-11-2005, 20:44
Inspired by this thread, I loaded up a couple hundred rouds of .44 Magnum today. I'm going to take the carbine and revolver out for a range trip this weekend.

In my previous post I indicated that I was using 18 grains of 2400 with a 240 grain Hornaday SXT. When I was setting up, I consulted my recipe cards, and i realized I was mistaken. My load is 20 grains of 2400.

I also figured out that it costs me about $13 to load 50 rounds. Factory Hornady ammo with the same bullet is $10.16 plus shipping from Natchez. That comes out to $25.40 plus shipping for 50 rounds, or about double what it costs to roll your own.

I don't mean to highjack the thread, but my point is that hand loading is half the fun of shooting .44 Magnum. It is a catridge devloped by and for hand loaders.

TJC
03-12-2005, 10:40
I always liked the Hornady 265 grn rifle bullet over 21.0 grns of W296. Worked great out of my Winchester when I had it and it still works fine out of my Ruger SRH.