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#7142002 - 12/04/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: Klikitarik]  
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Hunting BC has the same thread up an some good posts.

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#7142927 - 12/04/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: wildchild2010]  
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great stuff Klik, nice bou indeed.


we've got the trapper version in .44 mag.


ime, .44 mag improves considerably in the longer rifle barrels vs. the handgun's it's most often associated with.




it ain't my favorite gun for dealing with bears and such, but like the mouse gun in your pocket, it's a handy lil rifle that has some snort to it with the right loads.


too bad the trapper doesn't see much use, it's sorta a safe queen, the boys have used it some, but I bought it used and it looked like it had just come from the factory, pre safety version.


love that little gun, but would love it more if it was a beater.


I'm pretty certain when we sing our anthem and mention the land of the free, the original intent didn't mean cell phones, food stamps and birth control.
#7142985 - 12/04/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: 2legit2quit]  
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Originally Posted by 2legit2quit
love that little gun, but would love it more if it was a beater.

That's an easy mod. wink


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#7151760 - 12/06/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: ironbender]  
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Used to have a semi auto 44 carbine. Was a great "boat gun".
It was a perfect little brush gun for the deer on Kodiak. Of course there were a few times I sure wished I had something a LOT bigger, (lost two nice bucks to bears), and also several times that I wish I'd had a scope for some of the shots I had to pass up. All in all, it was a great little gun for what it was designed to do. I sold it about 20 years ago, many times I wish I still had it!


#7152225 - 12/06/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: CastleRocker]  
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Little Marlin 1894's are one of the handiest rifles out there, esp in 44 mag. Try the 300 grain Federal Cast Core.


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#7202223 - 12/19/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: Cariboujack]  
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The Marlin 1894 44 mags were made with 2 types of rifling and twist rates.

The older micro groove rifled barrels were 1-38" twist and do not stabilize heavy or cast bullets well. The newer models with 1-16" twist ballard rifling do.

#7223065 - 12/24/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: Ghostman]  
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I talked to a gold miner who carried a lever action
In 454 Casul
I asked what he used it for, he replied "Whatever I Want".
whelennut


I like to do my hunting BEFORE I pull the trigger!
There is only one kind of dead, but there are many different kinds of wounded.
#7223965 - 12/24/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: whelennut]  
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I saw one of these the other day for sale:

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=022C&mid=534194

Any one know what the R.O.T. (1:26) will handle? At 6#'s, it sure felt nice and svelte!

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#7224405 - 12/24/12 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: whelennut]  
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Originally Posted by whelennut
I talked to a gold miner who carried a lever action
In 454 Casul


My M94 Trapper had been a 454 when Down Under in Fairbanks picked it up on a trade. They rebarrelled it to OEM spec and sold it at a good price. Apparently in was either fired very little in the 454 configuration, or the M94 is a pretty stout action. It ain't broke or worn out yet. Mostly she just runs 300-320 cast bullets at around 1500-1600 fps these days.


Sometimes, the air you 'let in'matters less than the air you 'let out'.
#7522184 - 03/07/13 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: Klikitarik]  
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I have the Marlin 1894 in 44 mag, and it has the micro-groove rifling. I tried some pretty hot loads with the Remington 240 JHP and they were keyholing at about 50 ft. Switched to the Winchester 240 gr jacketed soft point (plain white box factory load) and 5 went into a tiny little group. Who would have guessed?

I really like the little carbine, but my lesson was to try different bullets to find out what my gun likes. I plan to try out some of the Hornady 300 gr XTPs. I figure it's even money whether they'll stabilize or not. But we'll just have to see.

All of these loads shoot great in my 6" S&W model 629. Go figure.

Bravo

#7531103 - 03/09/13 Re: .44 Magnum -- not in a sidearm but a rifle. Who has used one in Alaska? [Re: bearbacker]  
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I used to load my 444 Marlin with Noslers 250 gr. Partition Handgun bullets with very good accuracy (3/4" 3 shots at 100 yards)and they also shot very well in my RSBH 44 Mag....

never did shoot any game with the 444 Marlin, sold it in the summer of '07 to a guy at work along with about 50 of my handloads, and he ended up shooting a forkhorn bull moose at 150 yards (his estimate) the bullet flattened (DOA, DRT, KBD) the young bull and the bullet passed through with a nice exit hole..


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