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View Poll Results: Which .41 bullet for a Deerslaying Carbine?
210 grain Hornady XTP Hollowpoint--reliable expansion & cohesion with ample penetration 6 50.00%
250 grain Cast Performance GCWPFP--reliable penetration, and forget the rest! 3 25.00%
210 grain Remington JSP--split the difference on expansion, and buy a grillion bullets cheap! 3 25.00%
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Old August 25, 2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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Cast or Jacketed for Hunting w/a Marlin?

To my surprise and delight, I recently landed a Marlin 1894fg; a .41 mag, 20" carbine. Now that I have it, I plan to hunt North Carolina whitetail with it this Fall.

Assuming that I can produce equally accurate loads with the bullets shown--each moving, let's say, between 1750 and 1800 fps--which would you use (were you in my fortunate shoes ), and why?

I've always understood the reasoning behind a good JHP better than a cast bullet, myself; I mean, a bullet that punches through is just going to waste energy, I figure, and I guess I'd expect a 210 gr XTP to penetrate to a deer's vitals from any reasonable shot angle (might be a different story with big hogs or black bear). But there seem to be a lot of hardcore hardcast evangelists out there, and they can't all be wrong all the time, can they?

So what say you wise and wizened huntsmen? Help a fellow decide!
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Old August 25, 2004, 01:36 PM   #2
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I may be wrong, but I am under the impression that with whitetails, penetration isn't that much of a factor-espaecially if you are shooting at close ranges.

Now if you were going for hog, I would say that penetration is everything, but thin skinned whitetails are easily penetrated compared to hogs.

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Old August 26, 2004, 02:15 AM   #3
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Chris,nothing wrong with either one, but strickly for witetails I would use a holow point,either cast or jacketed,at lest 200 grain weight.Now if your going to throw in Bears and Hogs,go for the heaviest cast solid ,or jacket soft point you can find
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Old October 12, 2004, 07:56 PM   #4
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XTP for carbines

From what I have seen hunting whitetails with a handgun is that many times you just dont get enough FPS for a hollow point to expand but with XTPs out of my .44 carbine they sure do.
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Old October 12, 2004, 08:33 PM   #5
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For thin-skinned, light boned critters like whitetails you don't need a super bullet. The Remington JSP will be more than adequate for your purpose. It'll combine the best balance between expansion and penetration at reasonable ranges and shot angles.
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Old October 12, 2004, 09:59 PM   #6
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Couldn't have said it better myself, stevelyn!
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Old October 17, 2004, 02:50 PM   #7
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I have never used a .41 Mag, handgun or carbine. I have always felt that with no extra expense, or effort, I could have a 44.

In my 1894S in .44, I have had very good results with a Speer Gold Dot 270 grain SP. I don't think this is available in .41 mag, but if it were, its a good compromise between expansion and penetration.
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