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Any of the factory offerings will serve you well...even the mild 240gr load offered by Remington will do. The 265gr Hornady load is better than perfect!
When you get around to handloading, 300gr + hardcast is as good as it gets!
 

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Why is there any special cartridge limitation? your heading seems to suggest you're questioning the bullet.

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I think Ohio just OK'ed the use of straight wall cartridges in zones where only shotguns were allowed in the past.

I am with the others, any of the factory ammo will shoot excellent and kill WT's dead..
 

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Took an average doe last fall with the 265gr FTX. At 135yds. straight to the ground. Very affective round in my book. Loading my own now and working on a 325gr lead load for this season.
 
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Not up on the Ohio game law restriction but if its like Indiana's WT. law where there is a case restriction of 1.80". The 44 mag. come in 225 gr. and the 444 come in 265 Gr. bullet . The 44 mag with the 225 gr. case length is ok but the 444 case length isn't in factories or hand loads.

it3097 has to be more clear with the question.

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I think Ohios regs allow hunters to carry straight walled cartridges. Not sure if there is a max length they are restricted to. I know a few of my Ohio friends have either already gotten 45-70's or are looking for them.
 

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This week, the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting with certain straight walled rifle cartridges (pistol caliber rifles or PCR) during any season that shotguns are legal to use.

Shotguns and rifles used for deer hunting may be loaded with a maximum of three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. Approved calibers include:
.357 Magnum, .357 Maximum, .375 Winchester, .375 Super Magnum, .38 Special, .38-55, .41 Long Colt, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester Magnum, .45 Smith &Wesson, .454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .45-70, .45-90, .45-110, .50-70, .50-90, .50-100, .50-110, .475 Linebaugh, .500 Smith & Wesson.​









For more information, click here.

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Yes a 444 would be a good choice and if the LE ammo shoots accurate in your rifle at a distance you should have an advanage. but within a 150 yard the Rem. 240 gr. " not pushing it". The HDY's supperformance with the 265 gr. FN. should be all you need in either 444 rifling twist rate (1 in 38" and 1 in 20") Presonally I stick to Rem. case, WLR., H4891 HDY's 265 gr. FN. .... I know it works in my rifle. But if I bought factory ammo I would buy HDY. 444 Supperformance probably the best 444 cartridge over the counter without getting to hairy.
 

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Sorry, I was out of town for a couple of days. Yes, Ohio has moved to the 21st century finally and permitted straight walled calipers. The heading was an error and I couldn't change it. I have another thread concerning that cartridge and a problem I was having loading it into my magazine tube. Got a suggestion to resolve the problem. Probably gonna stick with a 240g-265 g bullet
 

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Hornady 265gr. #4300 Inter-lock with 42.0gr. charge of H-4198 for a chrono speed of 2110fps out of my 22" 444S. 5-shot groups that all touch at 100 yards. All 7 deer that have been shot with this gun, 1 shot kills. 80 yards to 220 lazered yards (My son shot the 220 yard doe) I see no reason to change this load.
 
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