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Its pretty easy to break 2" @ 100 yards with a .44 Marlin. I have 4 that will all do it. Now that I've gotten older it is a WHOLE lot easier with my scoped Cowboy....... ;D

I've taken deer and elk both out to 150 yards fairly easily.

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M700 said:
44LVR - you're taking elk with it too? Terrific!
More than you would believe for the past 35 years ;) And these aren't those pesky little ones you have on the dry side of the cascades. These are the BIG yahoo's on the Left(ist) side of the hill ;D

In my own defense, years ago no one told me that a .44 wouldn't kill an elk. It had killed all the deer and bear I wanted like a bolt of lightening. So it never occured to me that it may not be the 'optimum' caliber to handle elk :eek: It wasn't until I had taken about a dozen with .44 revolvers when I noticed folks were surpised that was what I was using. So I went out and killed a 1/2 dozen more with big magnum rifles and noticed they were about the same amount of dead. Back to 44's, 444's, 38-55's, 45-70's, etc and never looked back.

I better also make mention of the elk tracks out in my front lawn where a herd came through and tore things up the other day. Really made a mess of things. Tough to keep roses around and the fruit trees have to be fenced......sheesh its tough to live in elk country....but the hunting's good.. ;D ;D
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