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So im new to lever guns, marlins, and 44 mags. Yes ive own a 336 30 30 a few years ago got it cheap and sold it right away bc I disnt like it and couldn't hut with it worth a damn. Well I took the plunge this morning and bought a marlin 44 mag mod 1894 pre saftey jm stamped rifle. 20" micro groved barrel. Serial number tells me it was made in 1978 and id say it has 95% condition or more. I bought this rifle bc I wanted a good brush gun that would be a fast shooter and easy to drop a deer maybe a bear. Where I hunt I will never shoot past 100 yards and was tired of carrying my rem 700, winchester mod 70 and slug gun. Ao I figured why not buy a real lever and try it for hunting, maybe even a truck gun. Im looking for tips and tricks and just advice I love to make my guns "MY GUN" . I am thinking of a lo pro skinner sight but woul also like a high vis front sight so takin advice, also need a good deer round for the 20" micro groove barrel eventually I will reload but for now need a good factory load. Am thinking about the buffalo bore deer grenade. Let me know what you know I love new knowledge thanks josh
 

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Welcome From Alabama... We Like Us Some Gun Porn Around Here... Post Us Some Pics? That 44 Will Sure Do The Job...
 

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​Welcome to the Forum from New York.
 

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For deer, you truly don't need anything more than the factory standard 240 gr. jacketed loads. Guys here like the Winchester white box stuff that used to be common(and cheap) at wally world. The nephew-in-law has used American Eagle loads with success. Any of these will go through a deer side to side and most of the way through from either end. Heavier bullets wouldn't get you anything more. Haven't hunted bear, so can't comment there. Currently, those fancy custom loads run better than a couple of bucks a shot at local prices, shotgun slugs are cheaper. The twist in a Marlin .44 doesn't support super-heavy bullets, they drop like rocks anyway. If you want to shoot it much, you're going to need to get into handloading, when there's .44 ammo on the shelves here, it's over $60/box. Anyway, get some ammo, get out to the range with it and see what it does.

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If you intend to hunt bear, I would think about something along the lines of a heavy cast projectile. Lots of guidance at MO on loading, but if factory loads are what you want, look at Buffalo Bores offerings. Hollow points will surely kill a big black bear, but I'd feel more comfortable with something designed to punch deep and break big bones.

240 grain projectiles of any type are the perfect medicine for deer.
 

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i like the Winchester white box took my 1st deer with it in my 1894 44 mag dropped it right in it's tracks
 

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I couldn't get my gun to shoot the WWB fodder but my handloads worked out nice. My best groups came from 300 grain XTP's traveling around 1300 fps or so but I opted for a 230 grain cast bullet at 1733 fps. I just received a shipment of 250 grain hard cast GC bullets and plan to make those my hunting load. For bear I would definitely go with a hard cast, deer are thin skinned and should drop with any commercial 240 grain load.
 

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Welcome from SC! Nothing to add about hunting with the 44mag, I hunt bear and deer with that round and if you do your part you should be good to go with the 240gr factory stuff. I reload for mine, and I like a 300gr LSWCGC, which is good for pretty much anything here in SC at the ranges I shoot!
Congrats and we DEFINITELY NEED PICS!!:biggrin:
 

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Welcome to Marlin Owners from NE Indiana. Mine likes WWB 240 just fine. Local W-Marts have pretty regular for about $43 a box.
 

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Your rifle will tell you what ammo it likes best. I'm not a believer in high priced ammo. Some of the specialty ammo claims that are made are hype, in my opinion. Bullet weight and range for certain animals should be considered. Some of the less expensive ammo will shoot and perform just fine.
 
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