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Firepower!
January 1, 2009, 05:33 PM
I want to discuss the capability of 44 magnum out of Ruger SRH 7.5'' barrel.

What is the maximum size game it can put down between 15-25 yards?

Dirty Bill
January 1, 2009, 05:48 PM
That really depends on the shooter,the load,the bullet,etc. Kind of a hard question to answer. At least up to black bear,with the right load,and well placed shot at 50 and under yards. JMO..:)

noyes
January 1, 2009, 06:11 PM
between 15-25 yards?


I wouldn't let any dangerous game get that close bear, lion, boar, etc.

jamiejaf
January 1, 2009, 06:48 PM
A grizzly bear and more common a chipmunk.:D

tyrajam
January 1, 2009, 08:56 PM
Any North American game would be within the capabilities of the 44mag. I load a 240gr XTP over a max load of Lil'gun in my 44 carbine, and out of my 18 inch barrel I chrono it at almost 2000fps. I shot a small buck with it this year at 75 yards and it expanded, penetrated through, and left a perfect exit hole. With a hard cast or bonded bullet, I would not hesitate to shoot game up to elk-at short range of course.

bcarver
January 1, 2009, 09:38 PM
Elephant would be my guess as the biggest. But I would not reccommend it.

Firepower!
January 2, 2009, 04:38 PM
from what range can it bring down Ibex with 230 gr JHP? SRH 7.5''

Scorch
January 2, 2009, 05:11 PM
What is the maximum size game it can put down between 15-25 yards?from what range can it bring down Ibex with 230 gr JHP? SRH 7.5''OK, so the real question is "will a 44 Mag with 230 gr JHP kill an Ibex at 25 yds?". Right? Yes, a 44 Mag will easily kill an ibex at 25 yds when the shot is placed properly. Question is, can you get within 25 yds/meters of an ibex for a standing shot?

Firepower!
January 2, 2009, 06:45 PM
very difficult to get in that range. Thats why i asked whats the maximum distance to get a kill shot on ibex.

Daryl
January 2, 2009, 08:26 PM
very difficult to get in that range. Thats why i asked whats the maximum distance to get a kill shot on ibex.

123.965 yards...

If you have a tail wind, and can hit the right spot. ;).

:D

Daryl

Art Eatman
January 3, 2009, 08:54 AM
15 to 25 yards? Aside from the big bears, most anything you want.

If a proper hit is within the shooter's capability, it oughta work on deer-sized critters on out to 125 or 150 yards.

Firepower!
January 14, 2009, 06:09 AM
So as I understand it, shot to an IBEX under 100 yards would be leathel, if placed right. I can use rest with scope to just hit the target.

Daryl
January 14, 2009, 07:34 AM
It sounds like you have much to learn, grasshopper.

You'll need to use a good, heavy bullet that's loaded fairly heavy for longer shots on large game animals. Hard cast would be my first choice, and a good heavy JSP (240 grains or heavier) would be second.

In a nutshell, yes, a .44 mag will kill an ibex at 100 yards if the right bullet is placed right. That right bullet in the right place is up to you and your own capabilities and limitations.

Daryl

jhgreasemonkey
January 19, 2009, 06:20 PM
Elmer Keith killed african elephant with his .44 mag. I however have a difficult enough time getting a truly good group at 25 yards with mine to even think about using it for any dangerous game :D
Do a search on elmer keith and randy garret and you will find some awesome info on how far hunters have gone with the .44 magnum

phil mcwilliam
January 20, 2009, 03:36 AM
I've shot plenty of pigs & feral goats with my S&W 629 44 Magnum with a 8 inch barrel. My shooting ability(with open sights) was the main influence in what distance the revolver was effective at. I have shot several large pigs & goats at 120 to 150 yards with one shot kills & don't doubt that there would be enough steam left at 200 yards to drop this sized game with a 44 magnum -if hit correctly. Realistically, I was only ever confident of proper bullet placement in shots under 50 yards. I mainly used Winchester 240 grain hollow points for hunting & found them to be effective.

phil mcwilliam
January 20, 2009, 03:54 AM
I've shot plenty of pigs & feral goats with my S&W 629 44 Magnum with a 8 inch barrel. My shooting ability(with open sights) was the main influence in what distance the revolver was effective at. I have shot several large pigs & goats at 120 to 150 yards with one shot kills & don't doubt that there would be enough steam left at 200 yards to drop this sized game with a 44 magnum -if hit correctly. Realistically, I was only ever confident of proper bullet placement in shots under 50 yards. I mainly used Winchester 240 grain hollow points for hunting & found them to be effective.

troy_mclure
January 20, 2009, 04:44 AM
my buddy used my sbh 7.5" .44 to kill an elk at 45yd, he used wwb ammo.

Firepower!
January 20, 2009, 04:50 AM
Did the Elk come down immediately? How much did it weigh?

troy_mclure
January 20, 2009, 04:56 AM
it was a 400lb young cow, it stood there a few seconds, he thought he missed till it just lay down. he got both lungs and nicked the heart.

JustKev55
January 20, 2009, 09:11 AM
I plan on using my Ruger Blackhawk .44 Mag from a blind this coming whitetail season here in Maine.

Firepower!
February 10, 2009, 09:50 AM
I know this for sure that it rips through a wild boar, killing him immediately.

Nevertoomanyguns
February 10, 2009, 10:57 AM
Here in Maine It will take anything, in fact when I finally get my Maine moose permit I plan on taking it with my Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter in .44mag.

Semi-jacketed
February 10, 2009, 09:27 PM
How well can you shoot?

Hunting hogs with a .44 mag in the wetlands of Louisiana I use the Ruger Redhawk with a 7.5" barrel quite often when not taking a 4" Dan Wesson .44 magnum. Depending upon the environment, your cartridge and how good of a shot you are (and your intestinal fortitude), you can kill anything in the range you mentioned.

Most of the shots I take are between 25 yards and 50 yards.

KY Jim
February 11, 2009, 02:11 AM
Check out

www.buffaloboreammo.com

And I think they can answer that ? for you.

Jim

aaalaska
February 11, 2009, 10:48 PM
Couple years ago I shot a black bear at 65 yds with my BH 7.5 in barrel using a 300 gr hard cast, it made an impressive mess out of the chest, straight through , It's the same load I carry everywhere in grizzly country. Alex

crowbeaner
February 12, 2009, 09:50 PM
For all around penetration (and that's what you need) the 44 is best with a water quenched wheelweight cast bullet starting at 240 grains and going up from there. Heavier bullets won't have the velocity of the 240, but they have the necessary oomph to shoot clean through any large animal you may encounter. The RCBS 44-240-SWC with a Hornady gascheck sized to .430" over 25.0 of WW296 and CCI350 primers in Federal or WW brass is my go-to load for the woods here. If I have to pick a jacketed bullet, the RP 240 JSP gets the nod over 24.0 of WW296 all else the same. CB.

Nevertoomanyguns
February 13, 2009, 11:26 AM
JustKev55, I plan on doing the same thing, just from a treestand and from the ground when I go rattling for bucks.

This is mine:
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/673/1000169lw9.jpg

I've been practicing since then and have gotten better. I just put new sights on it and need to go sight her in. I hope these sights are going to shoot as good as I think they are.

Here are the new sights and I hope I get to see this sight picture next season.

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/2581/1000493oo8.jpg

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/60/1000494th7.jpg

pilothunter
February 15, 2009, 07:22 PM
I have enjoyed reading many of the posts made here so far. I own a .44 carbine (scoped) and consider it a great carry rifle, plus being an excellent choice for whitetail or even black bear to 100yds or a bit more, with proper ammo. Some of the posts about larger game do give me pause though, and my opinion would be that any thin-skinned game is in grave danger at muzzle to 100+yds or so, if shooting good bullets (an example would be a 270gr Speer Gold Dot SP, not HP ammo).

I'd think a .44 would likely kill an elk at 100yds with such ammo on a broadside shot, no doubt, but not immediately(DIT) unless the neck or vertabra were hit. The power of the .44, even in a carbine with it's much higher velocity does, in my opinion, dwindle quickly when game size or type increases. I've seen several comments on wild boar, and it's good performance on them. I'll agree, but only to a point. But a boar of over 250lbs is a pretty tough animal and with it's vitals well protectected by it's thick protective shield of cartiledge is another deal, in my opinion.

Not trying to P*e in anyone's cornflakes here, simply not wanting anyone undergunned and possibly facing danger due to that. I love my Marlin .44 and it's a potent and handy gun, simply not an elephant slayer, grizzly gun nor the safest thing to shoot a close range LARGE wild male boar with. Again, simply my opinion.