View Full Version : Cast or Jacketed for Hunting w/a Marlin?

Chris W
August 25, 2004, 12:01 PM
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!

August 25, 2004, 01:36 PM
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.


August 26, 2004, 02:15 AM
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

October 12, 2004, 07:56 PM
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. :)

October 12, 2004, 08:33 PM
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.

User Name
October 12, 2004, 09:59 PM
Couldn't have said it better myself, stevelyn! ;)

October 17, 2004, 02:50 PM
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.