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Question by Storm Hall. Uploaded on August 26, 2011
Buying a .44-40 rifle brings lots of questions to mind. The first being, "Why?".
The nostalgia of a .44-40 is pretty neat. In today's world without Indians and outlaws to hunt down, it's uses are kinda restricted! LOL!!
A modern firearm in .44-40 will need reloads to achieve any kind of worthwhile ballistics. The factory cartridges are loaded to be shot in antiquated firearms, so they use very light loads.
I'm not even sure who, if anybody, still builds a .44-40 rifle.
Personally, I'd like to have one, just for the nostalgia!
Honestly im a bit of a history nut so I started checking out these western shoots and I picked up a 45-70 first but I messed up my shoulder last year and it just has a bit to much to it now so I read up on the .44-40, shot one not to long ago and it worked out pretty good for me.
and I have started reloading recently so it kinda works.
If you reload and like a good plinking rifle, it'll work!
I would shoot hard cast bullets made out of straight wheel weights. They work great in my 44 Mag.
As far as 44 caliber rifle goes, I like my 444 Marlin with 265 grain Hornadys
Thanks alot Clay I will definetly check out those hard cast bullets you are talking about
With what I've looked up online, the variation between the .44 Rem Mag and the .44-40 Win are not worth arguing about. If their is ANY point of contention, it would have to be the availability of brass with the .44 Rem Mag coming out on top! Other than that, the .44-40 Win will do ANYTHING the .44 Rem Mag will, and probably do it better.
The original .44-40 cartridge was advertised with a muzzle velocity of 1800fps. That's higher than the modern day .44 Rem Mag.
Cast bullets I don't like to drive them more than 1500 fps. As for the 44 cal rifles, I prefer the 444 Marlin over them all, 265 grain as fast as a 30-30 170 grain
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