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i want to get a .44 mag for deer hunting i mean i know it can kill deer but whats the max range on it? the gun is a ruger .44 mag carbine

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

IMO~ Real good Pick for Deer out to 75Yd with 240gr Flat nose round add 25yd to 35yd with Hornady Flex Tip ammo.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Tree is right. Remaining energy at 100 yards is only 1000 ft/lbs, just about the minimum for deer sized animals.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

The .44 Rem Mag will kill deer alot further than you can shoot it accurately. Read an article once that claimed Elmer Keith shot and killed a mule deer at 400+ yards with a 4" Mod 29 S&W!
PLEASE NOTE: I DID NOT see it. It's just what the ARTICLE said!!
That said, I would say ethically, about 100 yards. Having it scoped and grouped might take you to 125 or so, but I don't think I'd still try pushing beyond 100 or so!!

Bubba

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from 007 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Just curiousity on my part, but why do you want this rifle? Don't get me wrong, I like the .44 in a revolver, but it seems to me that there are better rifle calibers out there. If you just like that particular make/model, found a great deal on one, whatever, that's all good, again, just curious, but there are some really great carbines out there that are ballistically superior, the Marlin 336 in .35 Remington coming to mind. Back to the .44, I would think you'd want to stay with lighter bullets, 180 to 200 grains, anything heavier might not open/expand very well. Good hunting.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

100 yards with iron sights and a good rest should be no problem with that Ruger. I use .44 Hornandy 240 grain XTP sabots for my muzzleloader (iron sights). With 100 grains of Pyrodex it punched through a deer at that range, no problem.

I'm not convinced that the 1000 ft/lb limit applies to larger caliber projectiles, including the .44 Magnum. Here's an interesting article concerning this:
http://hunting.about.com/od/deerbiggame/a/bulletperforman.htm

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from Jason Hart wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have one in a Marlin Lever Action and at a 100 yards you are pushing the limits of it. I wouldn't use it for much more past 75 yards. The Hornady Flex Tips are great for it but still do not push the limits that much farther. The gun/caliber is my choice for hunting in the swamps in Georgia for pigs and deer so I outfitted it with a reflex sight on it.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I can see not many have done too much handgun hunting. Some will rinkle their nose at what I am gonna say. I have taken Ohio and Michigan whitetail deer out to 150 yards with a single shot from an 8inch scoped Taurus .44 mag shooting 240 remington jacketed soft point bullets. High shoulder shot that went less then 10 yards after being shot. Not an exceptance, but a common occurance. It is shot placement, not energy that kills an animal. 1000 ft pounds of energy,LOL... I shoot deer with a bow at only 72 pounds of energy out to 65 yards. We are shooting an animal that only weighs in at 150 pounds on the larger side of average , not a 3000 pound car. .44 Mag in a carbine is fine under most circumstances, in open ground 150 yards all day.Don't expect to shoot through brush with anything even at 10 yards it's iffy at best

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

IMO~ Real good Pick for Deer out to 75Yd with 240gr Flat nose round add 25yd to 35yd with Hornady Flex Tip ammo.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

The .44 Rem Mag will kill deer alot further than you can shoot it accurately. Read an article once that claimed Elmer Keith shot and killed a mule deer at 400+ yards with a 4" Mod 29 S&W!
PLEASE NOTE: I DID NOT see it. It's just what the ARTICLE said!!
That said, I would say ethically, about 100 yards. Having it scoped and grouped might take you to 125 or so, but I don't think I'd still try pushing beyond 100 or so!!

Bubba

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

100 yards with iron sights and a good rest should be no problem with that Ruger. I use .44 Hornandy 240 grain XTP sabots for my muzzleloader (iron sights). With 100 grains of Pyrodex it punched through a deer at that range, no problem.

I'm not convinced that the 1000 ft/lb limit applies to larger caliber projectiles, including the .44 Magnum. Here's an interesting article concerning this:
http://hunting.about.com/od/deerbiggame/a/bulletperforman.htm

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from Jason Hart wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have one in a Marlin Lever Action and at a 100 yards you are pushing the limits of it. I wouldn't use it for much more past 75 yards. The Hornady Flex Tips are great for it but still do not push the limits that much farther. The gun/caliber is my choice for hunting in the swamps in Georgia for pigs and deer so I outfitted it with a reflex sight on it.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Tree is right. Remaining energy at 100 yards is only 1000 ft/lbs, just about the minimum for deer sized animals.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Just curiousity on my part, but why do you want this rifle? Don't get me wrong, I like the .44 in a revolver, but it seems to me that there are better rifle calibers out there. If you just like that particular make/model, found a great deal on one, whatever, that's all good, again, just curious, but there are some really great carbines out there that are ballistically superior, the Marlin 336 in .35 Remington coming to mind. Back to the .44, I would think you'd want to stay with lighter bullets, 180 to 200 grains, anything heavier might not open/expand very well. Good hunting.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I can see not many have done too much handgun hunting. Some will rinkle their nose at what I am gonna say. I have taken Ohio and Michigan whitetail deer out to 150 yards with a single shot from an 8inch scoped Taurus .44 mag shooting 240 remington jacketed soft point bullets. High shoulder shot that went less then 10 yards after being shot. Not an exceptance, but a common occurance. It is shot placement, not energy that kills an animal. 1000 ft pounds of energy,LOL... I shoot deer with a bow at only 72 pounds of energy out to 65 yards. We are shooting an animal that only weighs in at 150 pounds on the larger side of average , not a 3000 pound car. .44 Mag in a carbine is fine under most circumstances, in open ground 150 yards all day.Don't expect to shoot through brush with anything even at 10 yards it's iffy at best

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