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Old 05-16-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
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I have a thing for lever actions, but I've never shot one of these. Anyone hunt with a 44 mag rifle?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #2
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Sure do. Henry golden boy. Haven’t killed much with it yet. Few pigs couple does and a turkey. Shooting plain white box Winchester soft points.


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Old 05-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #3
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Yes sir. Knock over a deer every year or two with my Ruger Deerfield.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:26 PM   #4
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Don't have a rifle, but hunt with pistol from time to time.

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:27 PM   #5
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Sure do. Henry golden boy. Haven’t killed much with it yet. Few pigs couple does and a turkey. Shooting plain white box Winchester soft points.


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I really want a Henry. Lots of models to choose from.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:30 PM   #6
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Don't have a rifle, but hunt with pistol from time to time.

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Thats fancy looking. I have a Super Blackhawk hunter in .44 with open sights. Accurate as can be.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:33 PM   #7
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I would love to have a lever action 44 mag.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:33 PM   #8
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.41 mag is much better! How ever most 50 yard rifles come in .44 mag
I don’t know why but .44 mag rifles make me hear banjo music and think about people wearing overalls to church “ with snakes involved “

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:34 PM   #9
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Marlin 1894 44mag and Ruger SBH for me. 44mag flattens em where they stand


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Old 05-16-2018, 08:39 PM   #10
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I've got a Henry 44mag lever gun with open sights that has absolutely flatlined 2 does. I break it out towards the end of the season and it's a ton of fun to shoot/ hunt with
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:43 PM   #11
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I've got a Henry 44mag lever gun with open sights that has absolutely flatlined 2 does. I break it out towards the end of the season and it's a ton of fun to shoot/ hunt with
Are snakes involved?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #12
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Don't have a rifle but I do have a .44 mag super redhawk. Lots of fun to put a empty refrigerant can out at 50 to 75 yds and bounce it around. Need to take a hog or deer with it.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:02 PM   #13
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I've got a Henry 44mag lever gun with open sights that has absolutely flatlined 2 does. I break it out towards the end of the season and it's a ton of fun to shoot/ hunt with

I like the way you think.

Factory ammo? What distance? Shot placement?
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:09 PM   #14
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I do, have, and always will.

I’ve had and have several of about every Forty-Four rifle made.

My go-to is a Henry BBS 16” with the big loop replaced with standard lever and Skinner dovetail ghost sights and front blade.

But, the current Winchester 92 can be had new for about $850 and its the best hands down.

I’ve killed about everything that needs killin with every type round to include handloads and the 240gr factory JSP does as good a job as any. The funky flavors kill no better but sometimes kill worse than the cheapo. The Buffalo Bore Type Keith loads are a whole nuther animal.

A 41 mag kills no better than my 410 using Brenneke slugs, its a fact.

I even have some 44’s scoped but It really ain’t necessary. I keep all my 44 mag shots at less than 100 because I always hunt like I’m bow hunting anyway.

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #15
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Yup. 94 Winchester and Ruger Super Blackhawk
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:54 PM   #16
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I hunt with a 45LC rifle and a 357 rifle
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:01 PM   #17
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.41 mag is much better! How ever most 50 yard rifles come in .44 mag
I don’t know why but .44 mag rifles make me hear banjo music and think about people wearing overalls to church “ with snakes involved “


Lol.


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Old 05-16-2018, 10:23 PM   #18
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Within it's range limitations, the .44 magnum is an excellent hunting cartridge. I have a Winchester lever action and a Ruger 77/44 bolt action, and several .44 magnum handguns. I've never hunted anything larger than deer and hogs with them, but have never had a problem taking those animals. I'd use that cartridge on much larger animals, if I had the opportunity. I cast a lot of my own bullets for the .44's, up to 345 grains.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:25 PM   #19
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They work.
Killed pigs n stuff with
44
41
10mm
And 40 s&w

Holes all look the same from a 240g 44 down to the 155g 40

If a pistol bullet is hard enough to stay together it doesn't expand much.
If it's soft it comes apart ad doesn't penetrate well
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:38 AM   #20
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There are some factors with the 77/44 that make it an anomaly. The recoil -vs- Weight -vs- velocity can make it “seem” inaccurate so don’t believe bad internet stories about it.

The recoil on the 77/44 can make the gun move literally before the slower bullet exits the barrel. Your body weight and stance are a factor in this. You really need to hold the gun still through the shot like you were shooting a muzzle loader. Off hand is where some find the largest problem in this area. Great little rifle though.

For me, I think the Rem 180gr pills work awesome in it and they are upwards of 2,200fps so it gets on down the barrel faster.

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Old 05-17-2018, 09:01 AM   #21
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I have killed several bear, lions and hogs with a .44 Mag Ruger model 96 lever action rifle. I love this gun as it is short, lightweight and very nimble; unfortunately, Ruger no longer makes this rifle. We are leaving for a Navajo Spring bear hunt in the morning and Ruger is supposed to have me one of the Model 77-44 here today so that I can showcase the rifle that they are selling at this time.
I am scheduled to go on a handgun hunt for Axis with Ruger in early June. I will be shooting the Redhawk in .44 Mag on this hunt as well. I typically shoot the Hornady 240 gr. XTP ammo in them as it really packs a punch at the closer ranges.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:25 PM   #22
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Those ninety sixes are nice. I like a Stainless 77/44 set in a nutmeg Boyds Laminate with a Leupold 1-4x.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:33 PM   #23
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I'm a debbie downer. The more I read about 44 Mag the more I'd rather shoot a 30-30
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:01 PM   #24
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Thats not being a debbie downer, its being realistic. The 30-30 makes much more sense in every way.

Everybody has a different flavor.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:48 PM   #25
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Thats not being a debbie downer, its being realistic. The 30-30 makes much more sense in every way.

Everybody has a different flavor.
Yes sir, I like my little 44 Marlin but 100 yards is all its worth. I worked up a load using a whole bunch of WW296 and Hornady 200 gr XTP. They shoot real good, but it aint no 30-30. Reckon a feller has to realize its potential.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:21 PM   #26
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I think we just have a soft spot for 44’s or we are in too deep?
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:59 PM   #27
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Single shot 44 Magnums are easy to ream to 445 Super Magnum for additional punch. That's if you can find the brass.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:33 PM   #28
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My granddaughter’s first with her CVA .44 Mag at 100 yards, you can see our blind in the background to the right of feeder legs. Yes, “eet will keel”.


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Old 05-18-2018, 06:39 AM   #29
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I'm a debbie downer. The more I read about 44 Mag the more I'd rather shoot a 30-30
If we used that line of thought, everyone would only have one rifle and it would be a 30-06

I have several .44 rifles and enjoy shooting them all.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:23 AM   #30
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:32 AM   #31
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I think we just have a soft spot for 44’s or we are in too deep?
I think the way Buff says it, in reality a 30.06 will purty much cover most game I would ever hunt. But I like weird calibers and like to hunt with them. Heck my most favorite revolver round is a 44 special, and I like my 35 Whelen and 257 Roberts rifles. I have a Marlin 25-20 WCF that I want to shoot something with.

Yes, I reckon I am in too deep.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:35 AM   #32
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You are correct.

I might add that the CVA Scout V2 stainless 44 single shot is as practical and accurate as a Forty-Four needs to be, all of our other 44’s are fluff.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:55 AM   #33
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When I shot this hog you could see his whole body shake from the bullet impact. I'll be using the 44 mag a lot more now!!!

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Old 05-19-2018, 09:20 PM   #34
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I have a thing for lever actions, but I've never shot one of these. Anyone hunt with a 44 mag rifle?
yep plan on doing more,,,, i have killed one deer with it and 1 with a pistol,,, i was working on the stand today so i can see the hogs a bit sooner!
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:45 PM   #35
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Many many years ago,I started deer hunting...with a Winchester model 92,chambered in 44-40. Many years later I acquired another mod 92 in44-40,I have used it for a few kills but old eyes demand magnification so a scope sighted rifle is all I use now.
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:56 AM   #36
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The 44 just gets it done. I’ve killed deer and pig with both the Ruger Deerfield and the old Ruger carbine throughout the years. I used Winchester 240 grain HP.
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