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#200807 - 07/27/19 10:20 PM Favorite bullet
longhunter
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Probably been mulled over a hundred times here but, what is your bullet of choice for whitetail in .44 magnum. Weight, jacketed, cast???
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#200809 - 07/27/19 10:38 PM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: longhunter]
sw282
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Home cast Original 250gr KEITH SWC

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#200811 - 07/27/19 10:56 PM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: sw282]
Randy M
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270 grain Speer Deep Curl
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#200812 - 07/27/19 11:19 PM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: Randy M]
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For WT deer it's hard to go wrong...240 gr PMC Starfire or 240 gr Speer Gold Dot
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#200813 - 07/28/19 12:22 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: Franchise]
Zee
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Hornady 240gr XTP currently.

Want to try some Gold Dot in the future.
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#200814 - 07/28/19 02:45 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: Zee]
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It depends on the gun for me. But, a quick run down of what they are: 240gr XTP; 300gr WFNGC cast; and 260gr Power Coated Keith Bullet. I?ve killed more whitetails with the 240gr XTP than any other bullets I ever used - they?re just so accurate out of most any gun you use. Don?t know the total of kills over the years, but it?s been a few and I?ve only retrieved one XTP bullet and that was on a big Illinois deer shot at 60 yards through both shoulders - it was under hide on off side. I know the XTP can ruffle some feathers in discussion, but for whitetail, they?re basically my go to bullet. I have some of the 270gr Speer deep curls loaded for my FA and they shoot great, but I have yet put one through a deer. I?m looking forward to some critter testing in the future and think it has the potential to be the best all-around jacketed bullet for whitetail - time will tell.
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#200816 - 07/28/19 07:09 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: KRal]
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With Whitetails it is more about bullet placement than the bullet itself as long as it opens up good. If you get both lungs the deer will not go far. If you only get one lung it will go twice as far. And if you miss the lungs and heart the race is on.
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#200817 - 07/28/19 09:17 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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For the thin skinned whiteies, it's always ben Rem. 240 HPs-fast expanding, highly destructive, very accurate.

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#200819 - 07/28/19 11:13 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: wvhitman]
Bigbrowndog
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I agree with KRal, XTP?s have dropped more whitetails for me than any other bullet. In 10mm, 44, 45, or 357max.

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#200823 - 07/28/19 11:31 AM Re: Favorite bullet [Re: longhunter]
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I'll add a +1 to the Hornady 240gr XTP. I have killed more South Texas Whitetails with that bullet than any other in 44 mag. I've used the Rem 240 grain SJHP with success as well as a 275 grain XTP that was produced probably 20 years ago and I picked up 2K of them in a bulk bullet purchase. As far as the 240 grain XTP, I have run them from 1200 fps to 1400 fps and never recovered one on a broadside shot. Never really tried to punch it through the shoulder, simply because I didn't want to ruin much meat.

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