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Old October 27, 2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Anyone hunt with 180gr in 44mag?

I just finished loading up a batch of 180 gr Sierra JHCs.
I was wondering if anyone uses these on Whitetail deer.
I have quite a stash of these bullets, and rifle season is right around the corner. I decided to give these a try in my M92. I'll try to make it by the range tomorrow to see how they shoot. I normally use 240s , but I wanted to see if these would be easier on the shoulder. I would think that they would work fine on deer, but I have no experience with them.
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Old October 27, 2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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BTW.. I used 26gr of W296,CCI350's,New Win brass,COAL 1.600.
By the book it should yield 1800FPS in a 16" barrel.
This load is for RIFLES ONLY.
It's not max, Use your own data.

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Old October 27, 2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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I use the 180XTP .430" in a sabot out of my muzzle loader and it puts whitetails down for the count.

Last one I shot was about 60yards full frontal shot right in the brisket, 8 point, 170lbs. guts out.

Deer ran about 70 yards even though when I cut him open, his lungs had been turned to mush lol.

Anyway, yes the 180's do great on whitetail at reasonable ranges.
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:38 AM   #4
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Thanks
I figured since people recommend 180's for 357 it would work better in the 44.
Plus it should recoil less than the 240's.
Ill be runing mine out of a 20" carbine so I should get every bit of the 1800fps quoted in the manual +some if I'm lucky.
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Old October 28, 2011, 01:44 AM   #5
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My brother killed a doe with a 180 gr. commercial load out of his NEF carbine last year. Put the deer down quickly.
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Old October 28, 2011, 06:15 AM   #6
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I figured since people recommend 180's for 357 it would work better in the 44.
Not quite the same. The reason 180s work in the 357 is because the Sectional Density of the bullet gives it great penetration and because the weight gives more momentum for the caliber. The same weight in a larger caliber reduces sectional density and reduces penetration capability. That doesn't mean it won't work, but it won't have the same characteristics as a 180 in the 357mag.

In the 44mag, the equivalent bullets are the 300gr slugs.

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Old October 28, 2011, 07:21 AM   #7
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I have loaded some 180-200 JHP as a lower recoil alternative to full 240 grain ammo. Don't really hunt with it but have no doubt it will work at very close range at which a 4 5/8" 44 mag would be effective.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:05 AM   #8
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I understand what your saying about sectional density and your right.
I should have elaborated a bit more, I was thinking about bullet diameter.
The 44 should be better than the 357 with 180s as far as the wound channel it will leave. (bigger hole), more blood loss.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:07 AM   #9
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I have shot many 180s hard cast as a target round. Work fine. I can see no reason why it wouldn't be a deer stopper.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:42 AM   #10
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The 180 XTP and Sierra bullets do a fine job on whitetails, with one exception: don't shoot for the shoulders, as some do with 240 gr. bullets.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:59 AM   #11
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A friend of mine hunts with 180gr XTPs in 44mag for whitetails.

He tries other bullets every now and then but always ends up back at 180 XTPs. Must be they work.
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Old October 28, 2011, 05:36 PM   #12
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I hunt with the 180 gr Sierra JHCs on top of a hefty dose of AA#7. It should be doing about 1,700 to 1,750 fps out of my 7.5" barrel. I have yet to verify velocity, or shoot anything with it.

I prefer a 240 gr bullet, but shoot the 180s because I have them.


In a rifle, there is absolutely no reason to compromise on bullet weight, and go to a 180 for "reduced recoil". You're sacrificing performance, but not benefiting in any other way.
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Old October 28, 2011, 06:06 PM   #13
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I didn't get a chance to make it to the range to try the new 180gr loads today.
With this mornings archery hunt and the afternoon honeydoos,may wait untill
Sunday. Since I have a good stock of Seirra 180 JHCs, I plan on developing a accurate all around plinking/hunting load to have on hand.
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:38 PM   #14
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180 grain jacketed bullets are what Lee Jurras recommended for good hunting loads in .44 mags. He is known for his experience with magnum pistols of various configurations.
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Old October 29, 2011, 12:55 AM   #15
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Not quite the same. The reason 180s work in the 357 is because the Sectional Density of the bullet gives it great penetration and because the weight gives more momentum for the caliber. The same weight in a larger caliber reduces sectional density and reduces penetration capability. That doesn't mean it won't work, but it won't have the same characteristics as a 180 in the 357mag.

In the 44mag, the equivalent bullets are the 300gr slugs.
+1 . . . Bingo. Not that 180g .44 mags will not work, just they will not have the sectional density to give the penetration of the same weight bullet in a smaller caliber.
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Old October 29, 2011, 07:03 AM   #16
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I had great success using Federal 180gr hp bullets bullets before I started reloading and casting. I never had one that failed to totally penetrate a deer on any shot I made on a deer. However, now that I cast bullets, I only use 250gr Keith bullets over a moderate charge to get the same results.

So, the 180's will work and the deer will not know the difference.
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