Just curious, what velocity was that 44 traveling at? I understand the penetration because I have been hunting with 44's for 30 years
My load was 25.0 grs. of Dupont (then) IMR-4227 with a 245 gr. cast SWC, Lyman #429421. Out of my 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk it clocked right on at 1400 fps MV. The range was 40~50 yards.