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    Speer 240 grain .429" JSP

    Got these on special, just over 20 cents apiece including sales tax. Not a bad price. They're labeled as target bullets. I'm assuming they're fine for deer. Just wondering what Speer is thinking. Been shooting Hornady, Sierra, Winchester, and Nosler for 45 years, this is my first Speer in the .44 mag. Ever.

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    No idea how they'll work on deer just from looking at the box. Maybe they'll expand, maybe not. At least they'll punch a 0.429" hole from one side to the other.

    They could be from a run of defective bullets where the inside of the jacket wasn't scored to expand. Hence the label, "For target practice".

    You might want to shoot a few into whatever expansion test medium you have handy.

    Good price, though. Where'd you find them?
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    Midway USA. As of right now it says still available. Looks like there's a rebate, too. I didn't check that.
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    This bullet showed up when Speer discontinued the old 240 gr Mag Softpoint, which was an established game bullet. It does not appear to have been designed as a replacement for that bullet. This was the same time the Gold Dot soft point, and then the deep curl showed up, which have electro plated jackets, which Speer markets as the game bullet. If in doubt, could use the target bullets for targets, and pick up one box of the Gold Dots/Deep Curls to use on game (these bullets have a good reputation on game).

    see https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/a...let-tests.html

    These tests into a realistic test medium show the new 240 gr Deep Curl/Gold Dot is almost an exact match in performance for the old 240gr Mag Soft Point, which means at 44 mag rifle velocities it is top drawer in performance.
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    If you choose to buy the Speer #4454, 240 grain JSP .429" and shoot deer with it, do so with confidence. I shot 2 into a solid pine log and they penetrated eight inches. One hit a hard knot, turned itself into a ball but still retained its jacket. The second bullet went eight inches and performed well. If a bullet will hold together in solid wood, it will do just fine on live animals. At 20 cents, this is a good buy for a deer bullet.
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    The load was 23.0 grains IMR4227, PMC case, and a Federal 155 Large Pistol Magnum primer. 2012 blue Remlin, 20" barrel. Test shot at 10 feet.
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    Good to know! Haven't been able to find any Speer 44 mag bullets locally for awhile. I'll have to grab some from MidwayUSA.
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    An acquaintance uses that in a wild cat and it is a devastating pill to swallow.
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    I wonder how it will do in a 444?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Shooter View Post
    I wonder how it will do in a 444?

    T.S.
    That's a darn good question! I bought a box of them in .451 for my 45's, but haven't loaded any of them yet. As expected, the sizes of all are uniform, and it does look wicked.

    I've loaded quite a few of Speer's Deep Curl in 44 special cases for my 44 specials, and have only shot paper so far. But those bullets look pretty intimidating setting in a full cylinder of a revolver.
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    ROB42049,
    I am using a speer jsp 158gr. @ 14cents each. I hear these as well as yours are electroplated.
    These bullets are awesome accurate out of my 1894C. I was wondering if they would be good game pills. Just ordered
    more from Midway couple days ago.
    Looks to me that your testing answers my question; best that I get some for the 1894S in .44M.
    thankyou Sir!
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