Originally Posted by flyfishrman
Thanks noway. I'll be looking into those. I tend to be the king of overkill so I appreciate the advice. Any experience with the Hornady or Winchester commercially available loads?
sorta dropped my name in the pot on post 51, I think it was... Don't know that I can help ya. But I take it you do not reload. I use 98/99% Hard Cast bullets for "everything", Period. But I do like XTP's in 2nd place. They have always given very good penetration and are a tuff bullet.
I hand load all my stuff with Hard Cast Bullets Period. I will use an XTP every now and again for a specific purpose, but as I said I would say 99% Hard Cast is all I shoot.
Since your not a hand loader, I will try to help ya with some factory stuff for up to deer size.
To Make this simple.. BB bullets are more than you need for your deer, "unless"
you have really been shooting thousands of rounds and shoot most every day, and at long range.
Why do I say this? Because if your planning on longer range shots,
the Hard Cast Bullet is the only way to go
, and will give you down range 'bone busting penetration' over the JHP's.
Out to 100yds a Heavy XTP is fine. XTP's are good. I like heavy for caliber in what ever I shoot, so if your buying commercial ammo
, I would go with the heaviest XTP Hornady offers for the caliber of that good looking hog leg you got there amigo. To be honest, for deer,
even the 240gr is fine for ya .
It does not take much to kill a deer with good placement
. I just use the Hard Cast because I grew up using them on the ranch since I was a tad pole, and because I have more penetration capibility out at longer range
with a HC bullet than I will get from a JHP. Also if I take a shot at an oblique angle the HC plows through non stop. I am NOT talking about un-ethical careless shots, but shot that are more oblique that I know my HC bullet will still get through to plenty of vitals and smash bone in the process.
No need for me to give you "load data," here for the HC bullets since you do not yet hand load..
(you do need to though man !
But again pard, out to 100yds a Heavy for the caliber you have there (i did not catch what it was 44/45) XTP factory load
will work fine for 'deer', no worries and you'll be good to go out of that length barrel especially. (and in 44mag even the 240gr XTP as I said is plenty).
Well I just looked at Hornady's site
and they do not have a dang thing for a 45LC
That I would 'even' reccomend. For the 44mag you can use their 240gr/300gr XTP.
Any walmart 44mag 240gr bullet will kill deer dead as a brick, so if this is what your shooting, (44mag) buy a box of WW 240gr Flat nose soft points at WM, and rest assured they will work just fine.
If that is a 45LC you have there, then even a 225gr WW Silvertip out of your barrel length will give you at least 1,000fps and that is still plenty good for deer
at the ranges most folks shoot. BB is truly waaaay to much Horse power for deer, but use it if you want to, it ain't going to hurt a thing but the Buck
You not being a Hand Loader, I am just tossing options out to you..
" For "ME", If I were going to use factory ammo
for deer out of a hog leg like yours and it is a 44mag... Anything walmart has will be plenty good enough, i truly assure you, OR the 240/300gr Hornady factory XTP will be more than enough as well.
If that is a 45LC, then I'd go with the WW silvertip and at your velocity, you'll be fine, and if ya don't like that, I guess BB would be next on the list. I just am not that familiar with all the other factory offerings since I never really use them. BB, and Hornady, and WW 240gr soft point.. Their all good untill you start hand loading
. Your not hunting moose, HA, so these will work fine for ya Pard.
Hope this helps !
You too Noway..