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    Welcome from Austin Texas! The 1894 44 magnum is a mighty fine rifle. I use a scope on mine but I agree the rifle looks more natural without it. I'm considering getting a Williams Ace in the Hole aperture sight so I can mount the scope when I want/need it using quick release rings.
    It seems the standard for ammo is the 240 grain JHP Winchester White box. I use those to sight the gun in and try to make my reloads shoot the same. Theory being I'm out of town and need ammo I can walk into a Wal-mart and snag some.
    That being said I highly recommend reloading. The 44 mag is one of those cartridges that reloading can save you a boatload of money. Winchester white box will run you anywhere from $35-$45 depending on who sells it. Invest less than $200 in equipment, then about $100 in materials (brass, powder, bullets, primers) and you can reload for two bits each or less depending on the bullet you select - that's about $12 a box or less for 240 grain JSP rounds. If you decide to go cast bullets you can pick up 500 for less than $50 allowing you to reload at about 10 cents each for a cost of $5 a box. You can see it won't take long to recoup your expense if you go to the range a lot. There's also the added advantage of tailoring teh load for *your* rifle. There's several threads on reloading for the 44 so take a peek. The only slightly strange thing is the microgroove barrel usually requires a slightly oversized bullet that is .432 diameter and you need to get a die that does not resize. I use the Lee dies - they work well and are the least expensive dies to boot.
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    Nice find,I'd like to have that one in my safe.

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