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Does Hornday make a 300gr bullet for a 444 or have they ever, a local shop owner said he can order them..................... ???
 

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He's not ordering the XTP is he?
 

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The only thing I can think of from Hornady in 0.430" is the 300 grain XTP/HP. Haven't ever used them in the .444 though. I am sure others will chime in on them.
 

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I'm unaware of Hornady loading a 300 in any of their factory offerings.

I have used ( with great affect on game and accuracy ) the 300gr .430 XTP for reloading my own 444. Be sure he isnt ordering you reloading components heh ;D Well that is unless you are handloading that is. ;)

BTW my Marlin is a 1973 444S micro groove
 

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Yeah Pioneer that is the one i was reffering to.

You know for some reason I automaticly assumed that the OP was meaning Factory loaded , Dont know why I thought that but I did heh.
 

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MO member Wes killed a raghorn bull elk a couple of years back using a 444 with a Hornady 300 gr. XTP, I believe. I think I remember him saying the bullet performed all right.
 

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I really like the looks of this bullet and the few reviews look good. I haven't started casting yet so will be buying for jacketed bullets and this one is an aption I was also wanting to try the 300 Grn Barnes Buster or the 300 Grn Swift A frame, but can't seem to find any here in Canada right now
 

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Pioneer said:
I really like the looks of this bullet and the few reviews look good. I haven't started casting yet so will be buying for jacketed bullets and this one is an aption I was also wanting to try the 300 Grn Barnes Buster or the 300 Grn Swift A frame, but can't seem to find any here in Canada right now
Pioneer, the XTP is a pistol bullet and will expand too fast for anything but deer. For an excellent non-premium bullet, try the Speer 300 SP. It will penetrate and hold together better than the Hornady. If you really want a Hornady offering, the 265 FP is legendary and almost as good as the Speer. Try Ellwood Epps or Williams Arms. Both will mail order to you.
 

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Tony65x55 said:
Pioneer, the XTP is a pistol bullet and will expand too fast for anything but deer. For an excellent non-premium bullet, try the Speer 300 SP. It will penetrate and hold together better than the Hornady. If you really want a Hornady offering, the 265 FP is legendary and almost as good as the Speer. Try Ellwood Epps or Williams Arms. Both will mail order to you.
Thanks I alreadfy have been using the Hornady 265 FP for 20 years or so, but after seeing the bullet review done on here a while ago I thought the 300 swift A frame bullet would be a better choice until I get into casting.

Thanks for the dealers that will ship I wil check them out
 

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Does Hornday make a 300gr bullet for a 444 or have they ever, a local shop owner said he can order them..................... ???
Thanks for the input boys, I wasn't sure if they produced a 300 gr. I will contact this chap through the week and ask for sure if he was right in saying he could get this size form Hornady ???. Thanks Mac ;D
 

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Hi well I am in Canada too, Alberta and have only seen the 300gr xtp in Bullets not loaded ammo. I would stay away from that XTP as it was a Bomb in my Hawken with a sabot. I was pushing it at a even 2000fps and it made a huge mess of the Deer I hit with it, but must say it did shoot through them just it came out in more than one hole!!
Funny how shooting the big Hawken for Years with a hard cast ball or a pure lead Minnie Never a problem then I switched to a Sabot and Ya they are as good as any .444 the way I load my front stuffer ;D
Ya I said hard cast! Why bother to load pure lead the ball rides in a patch?
I do not have a .444 but load one for a friend I use the Heavy Lee Mold the slugs come out at 305gr then I add a check and my lee sizer sizes them to .430 wish it was a tad bigger. It's a older Marlin 1976 year but shoots great with the cast Slug. 1.5'' at 100yds for 3 shot's is nothing to sneeze at.
The older Marlin also handles the long slug great not sure about the newer ones I herd they do not like 300gr+ slugs? Not sure on that as I am still looking for my own Marlin to play with.
 

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Tony65x55 said:
Pioneer, the XTP is a pistol bullet and will expand too fast for anything but deer. For an excellent non-premium bullet, try the Speer 300 SP. It will penetrate and hold together better than the Hornady. If you really want a Hornady offering, the 265 FP is legendary and almost as good as the Speer. Try Ellwood Epps or Williams Arms. Both will mail order to you.
Funny how so many .444 made it to Canada I see them often here more so than the 45/70. But like you said that XTP is Soft.
 
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