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Hi guys,
I was wondering if any of you have any PET LOADS for deer? Any help would be appreciated.

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jr 1968
 

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I would have to say it is a Speer 210 Gold Dot over 25.5 gr. of H-110. This is the most accurate load I have found for my .44 mag CB and put down a nice 7 point for me this past season. It took a good bit of experimenting to find this load for this rifle, so I don't figure it to be the best for everyone.
 

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Two favorites: 265 grain Hornady bullet over 23 grains of H110 or 240 grain Hornady XTP bullet over 24 grains of H110. :)

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If you don't cast a great all around load is a 240 JSP and 23.5grs W296.

I shoot a lot of deer with a 255gr SWC PB and 9grs of Unique, 1300fps.

Neither deer nor elk stand up well to a 250 to 275gr cast bullet and 23grs W296.

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Lyman 429244 (265g from WW) over 22g W296/H110 with a WLP.

Not the hottest round out there but accurate and hard hitting. Kills 'em DRT.

Want a light load that does the job?

Try a Lyman 429421 (250g from WW) over 7g W231 in a magnum case with a WLP.

Should go @ 1100fps from your 1894. That ought to do it. :)
 

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24.5grn. of h-110 cci large pistol primers topped of with hornady 240 xtp's and a mild crimp
 

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.44 Magnum:
Winchester cases, trim to 1.280. Debur inside and out.
Winchester LP primer
Alliant (formerly Hercules) 2400 powder. 19.5 grains
Hornady 240 gr JHP. Moderate crimp in the cannelure.

Very accurate load in my old 1894S.
 

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I'm going to start with 240gr Remington JSP's & H110. Haven't had the rifle for a deer season yet so can't give you a report on performance on an animal - yet. ;)
 

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My pet hunting load for the .44 Mag is an NEI (#252) 240 gr SWC-GC over 23.0 gr of W-296 with a magnum primer or 23.5 gr of W-296 with a standard primer. In the case of Winchester primers (for standard or magnum loads), I stay with 23.0 gr of W-296. This load produces 1,740 fps +/- from my 1894 and will shoot minute of deer all day long. Actually, in my rifle, it will print 3-shots into 2" at 100 pretty consistently, if I am up to the task.

That load will go pretty well stem to stern through a whitetail. Don't have any feral hawgs 'round here, but I reckon it would do a number on them as well. I wouldn't be afraid to use it on an elk either, if I could stalk into a reasonable range, the critters weren't alarmed, could pick my shot, and could draw a blasted tag.
 

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24.0gr of H110/296 topped with a 240 gr. hollowpoint has been the immediate family's load for several years, it's the top listed load for velocity in most loading manuals. At first we were using XTPs, at carbine velocities these broke up and the few recovered were only cups, the lead had disappeared. Called for picking out bits like picking shot out of waterfowl when doing the cutting up. We're now using Noslers, which were considerably cheaper anyway, they were about $30/250 locally. These stay intact at carbine velocities, the couple I've reoovered have mushroomed nicely and stayed intact in the cup. Either will turn bone into mush. I've not had any accuracy with bullets of less than 220 gr. or so, they tend to pattern out of our guns. The paper ballistics of a 180 are very close to .30 Krag, but they don't shoot. I've gone higher with H110 charge weights with 240s, but really didn't gain anything and lost accuracy. You run out of powder space, anyway. The current loads will shoot through a deer broadside on, leaving a .44 hole in one side and about a 1" hole in the other, power enough for the job. You'll want to start low and work up, don't start with the top listed load.

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No deer with it yet but this load is very accurate and fast....270 Speer GoldDot over 18.8gr Ramshot Enforcer in Remington brass and CCI primer moderate crimp with FCD...groups right at 2.5" at 100yds out of my 94C...a little tighter out of my 77/44 Ruger(2.25")...ran out of bullets before I got to try them out of my Redhawk 7.5"..averages 1722fps and SD was plus/minus 13fps...hit a big groundhog about 80yds out and it blew a 3rd of him to pieces...nothing left from under his ears to the end of where his ribs were... i'm sure its going hogging with me this summer if the newly named "Deep Curl" bullets are the same bullet
 
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