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Old November 1, 2012, 01:38 AM   #26
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who loves the .44 mag?
Me.

My favorite is the factory Remmington 180g, extra load (.357s rems too.) with a big flash bulb like flash. The flash ads drama.

I live in Vegas, I love when these foreigners (none free) comes to Vegas (U.S.A.) to shoot (at my range) some full auto .223 or maybe once in a while a .45 Tommy.
After they spend a $100 in one second, I get my Ruger Redhawk out. One shot is all it takes. $00.70 in one second, they're like "what the heck was that?" I just smile and invite them to shoot one shot. Funny, they usually decline.
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Old November 1, 2012, 04:24 AM   #27
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I don't like it.
Every time I shoot one I wish it was a .41 magnum.
If you handload, which I don't, you might as well have a .44 special instead of a .44 magnum.

Remington screwed it up. Instead of making it 1200 fps as Elmer Keith suggested they made it do 1500 which takes all the fun out of it.

Having said that I have 2 and one on the way. Why? Because I like the guns: a Colt Anaconda 4", a Ruger old model Super Blackhawk, and a Virginian Dragoon on the way with a 10.5" barrel that will hopefully tame the recoil down to a fun level.
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Old November 1, 2012, 11:17 AM   #28
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Remington screwed it up. Instead of making it 1200 fps as Elmer Keith suggested they made it do 1500 which takes all the fun out of it.
Thing is, from what I've heard, most factory is watered down to 1200fps (the hot Keith .44spec load) anyway. I've never bought factory so I wouldn't know.
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Old November 1, 2012, 12:07 PM   #29
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One of my favorite rounds, the 44 Mag. Six different moulds from 180 to 300 grains plus shot loads and frankenloads...what not to like.
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Old November 1, 2012, 01:00 PM   #30
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.44 Magnum

One of my favorites for white tail and hog hunting. I really like 300gr XTPs and am working on a load using the 265gr JSPs developed for 444 Marlin. So far not as accurate as the XTPs but I am working on it.

I have two, both Ruger Super Blackhawks:

for hogs


for white tails
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Old November 1, 2012, 01:26 PM   #31
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Well, okay, I likes it a little bit. Can you say deer gun? It's a working gun and has been drug through a lot of woods and has a lot of time on the range.
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Old November 1, 2012, 01:52 PM   #32
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add me to the list. i have a 7 1/2" redhawk and a 4" taurus 44 and a winchester 94 in 44 mag.
i think many who went with the 454's,460's, 480's and 500's ended up coming back to the good ol' 44 mag
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Old November 1, 2012, 01:58 PM   #33
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Ruger Redhawk 5.5 and love it!!!!!
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Old November 1, 2012, 02:00 PM   #34
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Me, me, me!!

It started out as an opportunistic purchase, then turned into a disappointment, but then with TFL pointers on how to handle bigger recoil, it has become a firm favourite.

It has also introduced me to reloading that is now feeding about 40% of my collection!!

Not bad for a factually inaccurate diameter reading!!
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Old November 1, 2012, 03:39 PM   #35
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My favorite of all calibers, from mild to wild. My 18 year old daughters favorite to shoot!
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Old November 1, 2012, 03:55 PM   #36
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"i think many who went with the 454's,460's, 480's and 500's ended up coming back to the good ol' 44 mag"

This could not be more true. I love the .44 Mag. I have a Redhawk in a four inch. Great and portable hand cannon.

I wanted more. I bought an X-frame .460 S&W mag with an 8 & 3/8 barrel. It's a great gun. But I shoot my .44 more. The .460 is great for its purpose but the .44 is more fun to shoot, cheaper, and more versatile.

I am going to my favorite LGS to order a new Super Bisley Blackhawk hunter in .44 mag. It's enough for deer n hogs.

I will keep the 460. It is jus too fun but I shoot the .44 about five times as much. The other day my father and I shot 600 .44 mags. It was a blast. Reloading is the only way I could afford it.

Sorry for the typos. I sent this from my iPhone.
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Old November 1, 2012, 05:25 PM   #37
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i REALLY like mine. it is my favorite gun to shoot. and i intend on carrying it with a shoulder holster rig here pretty soon.
it's a large frame ruger vaquero (blackhawk variant) w/5 1/2" barrel.
bought it new in '95 for $335. they quit makin' these because it was too big for the hand and was uncomfortable.... bullcorn. vaqueros are smaller framed now and only chambered in .357/,38 and .45 lc. and have $700 price tag.
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Old November 1, 2012, 05:55 PM   #38
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The 44 mag = a great cartridge. 44 mag + Reloading =




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Old November 1, 2012, 08:31 PM   #39
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I like the .44 Mag a lot. It got me started in CF pistols 25 years ago, haven't been without one since. Makes for a fine medium size game rifle cartridge too.

I get a laugh when I read how bad of a SD cartridge the .44 Mag is. "Why it would sail right through them and do no damage, you'd shoot the BG 6 times and he'd still have enough time left to massacre you and your family with a dull knife." Those guys have never seen a 180 gr JHP pushed by a max charge of H110 / WW296 hit a milk jug. It's not a load with an indoor voice though.
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Old November 2, 2012, 03:51 AM   #40
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"Why it would sail right through them and do no damage, you'd shoot the BG 6 times and he'd still have enough time left to massacre you and your family with a dull knife."

uhm..... that guy is a zombie!!! gotta shoot 'em in the head!

an HP won't sail right through, if it does, it's takin' a lot of flesh with it!
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Old November 2, 2012, 05:34 AM   #41
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S&W 629-4 Classic DX. My "wild" load is 23.7 grains of H110 under a 240 gr. JHP. Tends to get a bit of attention at the range


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Old November 2, 2012, 07:01 AM   #42
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Put one in for me and all my friends.

Just love both of mine. From roundballs at 500 fps to 310 gr wide flatnose gaschecks through my new model blackhawk at jolting speeds.
I will say I have met a few critters that didn't like them so much. I have put more meat in the freezer with my 44 than any of my buddies have with their deer rifles.
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Old November 2, 2012, 09:16 AM   #43
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I havent started reloading the .44 mag just yet but I plan on it soon. for plinking I just shoot the Remington UMC 180gr. For hunting I like the hornady xtp 200gr.
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Old November 2, 2012, 02:38 PM   #44
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kcub saith:

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If you handload, which I don't, you might as well have a .44 special instead of a .44 magnum.
I handload, and have both .44 Specials and .44 Magnums. My .44 Specials are a medium framed Ruger and a medium framed Uberti, I wouldn't subject them to the .44 Magnum level ammunition I use in my magnums.

My pet loads for the .44 Magnum use the 180 gr. Sierra JHP @ 1715 fps, and the 240 gr. Nosler @ 1410 fps. At times I've used the 245 gr. cast #429421 @ 1512 fps. No .44 Special comes close to matching these figures.

The .44 Magnum provides the extra power at extended ranges, and that velocity gets the bullet to the target quicker, leaving less time for wind and gravity to act on it.

My .44 Specials:



And a couple of my .44 Magnums:



The brass butted Ruger has had over 17,000 rounds fired through it!

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Old November 2, 2012, 06:56 PM   #45
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This is my only 44 Magnum.

Interarms Virginian Dragoon.

Tempted to try loading up some Black Powder 44 Mags (44 Russian XL?? ) and running 'em through this one.

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Old November 2, 2012, 07:07 PM   #46
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I've owned a few different flavors of 44 mag. over the years. My current ownership envolves a Ruger Super Redhawk 9 1/2" barrel with a Sightmark Ultra Shot red dot. I have some 240gr. SWs loaded up for it, that produces some very impressive accuracy.

This will be my first year deer hunting with it.

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Old November 2, 2012, 07:11 PM   #47
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Top one...Bottom is a .357...

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Old November 2, 2012, 09:01 PM   #48
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Oh I do like those grips, a bunch.
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Old November 2, 2012, 09:22 PM   #49
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Beautiful guns gentlemen.
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Old November 3, 2012, 06:28 AM   #50
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Oh I do like those grips, a bunch.
If you were talking to me, then thanks...

Spalted Maple from my wood pile...Taught myself to make grips last Spring...
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