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Old October 1, 2001, 12:53 AM   #1
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What would the maximum range be to drop a hog with a .44mag Marlin lever action. Any good loads for this application, thank you for taking the time to read and please share your hog hunting experiences with the rest of us.
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Old October 1, 2001, 09:24 AM   #2
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It's less the cartridge than the shooter. What is your reliable distance to hit a beer can, offhand? I'd call that your limit.

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Old October 2, 2001, 01:02 AM   #3
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Also depends a lot on the angle at which you can shoot. Going through the ribs at 90 degrees is obviously different than shooting a hog looking straight at you.

Having been charged, I'd also say it depends on where you are standing at the time. I had one come from about 150 yds and nearly reach me, despite two good chest hits (and two marginal hits) with a 338.

Garrett, Buffalo Bore, and Cor Bon all make some real sledgehammer 44 loads. I've used the 320 gr. hardcast Cor Bons in a revolver with good results, but don't know whether the bullet length and shape would permit them to cycle well in a lever action rifle.

If you haven't bought already, consider the Marlin levergun in 45-70.
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