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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15128642 08/11/20
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New Smiths supposed to handle the heavies.

Tried some warm 255s in a 329 PD.
Whipped bad but felt OK, w the wood grips.

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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15128649 08/11/20
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300s kicked hard ( max load ) in 4" 629-1
And I didn't like em.
My gun didn't either, broke trigger pivot.

Smith fixed it fast. 240s or lighter after that.
But I werent in no bear country neither.

5" classic has endurance package. Should be up to the heavies. Even so, proly too much for me to tolerate, even w practice.

Gettin wimpy in my old age

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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15129114 08/11/20
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Thanks for the adive everyone. I like the idea of getting a box of both and trying them out. That being said I am leaning towards the 255s for the sake of follow up shots and controlability. Plus, as far as the bullet style, weight and velocity go it is nearly identical to Elmer Keith's personal loading, and if it was good enough for him I feel like that means at least a little something.

Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15143639 08/17/20
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Try Lehigh 265gr WFN solid copper.

https://www.lehighdefense.com/all/429-wide-flat-nose-265gr-bullet

See load data.


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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15143774 08/17/20
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I have yet to encounter the critter who couldn't be taken down with 240 grains of .44 mag; never saw a need for heavier bullets. The 240 is no slouch, but a WFN in the 240 to 250 grain range would take care of anything you're likely to encounter in North America.

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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15143990 08/17/20
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A 300 grain hard cast WFN, loaded at 1200fps, will penetrate all the way, lengthwise, through an average adult elk.


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Re: 44 Mag-255 or 305 grain loadings [Re: Harmonious_Fulmination] #15145472 08/18/20
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I went with a 270 WFN because it shot really well out of both my S&W Mountain Gun and my Marlin 1894 and feeds better than the 250 Keith in the Marlin. I've only killed one hog with the S&W and one whitetail with the Marlin, but both were complete pass-thru on quartering shots. If it wasn't for the Marlin I would probably still be shooting the 250 Keith and be plenty happy with it.

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