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where does the 44-40 stand in comparison to the 44 mag and the 45 long colt
there is a cowboy model at my local gunstore in 44-40(new)but I think the 45 long colt or the 44 mag is a better choice NO????
Now I know if you reload the 45 long colt is the way to go......so I'm told anyway
I like to use my rifles for deer hunting so more power the better
and yea I have a 45-70 already
 

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I don't have a 45, but my 1894D in 44-40 is the most accurate 1894 I have. Not as powerful as the 44mag, of course, but accuracy counts for a lot. I got 44-40 dies for my Dillon SQB, and load mass quantities at a time.SW
 

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I do pretty well with my 1894 Cowboy Carbine Limited (1894D) in 44-40, but then I'm loading to the old 44WHV levels for it. That's around 1900fps with a 200gr jacketed bullet. I've loaded up past 2000, but accuracy begins to fall off.

I don't shoot the 45 Colt, so I can't give an accurate comparison. But I'm well pleased with the 44-40.

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I love the 44-40 it's areat round "BUT" for hunting you better be a handloader.factory and cowboy loads are real whimpy.
my 44-40 is a navy arms win 92 clone and they like marlin are a extremely strong action and you can brew up some great hunting loads.
pete

Warning: Use only in Marlin 1894 and Winchester 1892-class actions.

TEST GUN: MARLIN 1894 COWBOY, 24-INCH BARREL.

BULLET/LOAD VELOCITY GROUP

Remington 200-gr. JSP/9.0-gr. Unique 1,241 2 1/2"
Remington 200-gr. JSP/22.5-gr. #2400 1,848 2 1/8"
Remington 200-gr. JSP/23.5-gr. H4227 1,582 1 1/2"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/20.0-gr. IMR4227 1,374 1 1/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/18.5-gr. #2400 1,316 2 1/2"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/21.5-gr. #2400 1,727 1 1/2"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/22.5-gr. #2400 1,807 1 3/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/23.5-9p. #2400 1,928 1 5/8"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/24.5-gr. #2400 1,971 1 1/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/21.5-gr. H4227 1,423 3/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/22.5-gr. H4227 1,453 1 3/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/23.5-gr. H4227 1,537 3/4"
Hornady 200-gr. JHP/24.5-gr. H4227 1,585 5/8"
Lyman No. 42798/10.0-gr. Unique 1,421 1 1/8"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/21.5-gr. #2400 1,785 1"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/22.5-gr. #2400 1,891 1 1/2"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/22.5-gr. H4227 1,573 1 1/4"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/23.5-gr. H4227 1,613 1 1/4"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/24.5-gr. H4227 1,735 5/8"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/9.0-gr. Unique 1,259 1 7/8"
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC/10.0-gr. Unique 1,384 2"
Oregon Trail 200-gr./10.0-gr. Unique 1,440 1 1/2"
Oregon Trail 225-gr./10.0-gr. Unique 1,399 1 1/4"

* Groups are three shots at 50 yards.
Lyman 215-gr. FNGC is No. 429434.



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45 or 44

Me and a buddy did a little test, he has a 45 lc and I a 44 mag. He has some hot handloads and there a big improvement over factory loads, but still not as stout as my factory 44's. I dont know how hot his loads where, so he might still go up. The 44-40 is just cool, erverybody needs one. It's next on my list of must haves
 

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yote yodler : I'd like to see the factory loaded 44 mag that outperforms a "heavyily loaded 45 LC" ..... ain't ever gunna happen, nope never
 
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