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#6391966 - 08/02/16 02:44 PM 44-40 deer rifle?
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Have killed many a deer with rifle and bow and hand gun and been thinking i would like to try to kill deer with my replica 44-40 rifle but seems to light a cartridge to me. Anybody else try this on a deer size animal? Dont want it to suffer because i want to try something different.
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#6392006 - 08/02/16 03:16 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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use a good load and not some light target or "cowboy"
loads and hit the pumpkin and the deer doesn't have
any choice but to go into your cooler.

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#6392021 - 08/02/16 03:23 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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I would say keep your shot distance short, put the bullet where its supposed to go and you have nothing to worry about.
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#6392023 - 08/02/16 03:25 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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i should add that i've killed deer with a
.357 magnum marlin lever and a .357 magnum
single shot handi rifle, so a bigger bore
rifle with the correct load should be capable.
poking a hole in the right place with one
shot is what responsible hunting is all about.

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#6392027 - 08/02/16 03:26 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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It'll work great with a full load cartridge.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (08/02/16 03:27 PM)
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#6392063 - 08/02/16 03:43 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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It will work
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#6392083 - 08/02/16 03:53 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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Do you load your own? Remington makes a JSP in .426, that if launched at sufficient velocity, is quite acceptable at reasonable range.

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#6392135 - 08/02/16 04:28 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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#6392494 - 08/02/16 08:15 PM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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If I had to guess I'd say the 44-40 has killed as much game as all the rest of the calibers we carry today,why do you think they made a replica of the 44-40, the most used caliber of the west. bang
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#6392826 - 08/03/16 07:02 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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Thanks for all the imput on this guys.
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#6392852 - 08/03/16 07:36 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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Started to add above but didn't, in addition to just saying the 44-40 will work a few more thoughts.

Lots of game was killed in the 1800 and early 1900s with that round as well as the smaller 38-40. A friend who is no longer with us used his Grand Fathers 38-40 on lots of deer and I have used the 44 special with 240gr semi-wadcutters successfully on deer out to 50 yards from a 44mag carbine. Tried it before letting a youngster use it on deer which he did on a hunt as well.
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#6392923 - 08/03/16 08:45 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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Thanks kmon1. round is so easy to shoot i think i may try it this fall. the gun is pretty accurate and i love to shoot it.
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#6392964 - 08/03/16 09:19 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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My son killed his first Buck with a 25-20. I have a 38-40 that has taken many deer years ago.
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#6393085 - 08/03/16 10:48 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Hoytman]
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Thanks Don im gonna give it a try!
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#6393104 - 08/03/16 11:04 AM Re: 44-40 deer rifle? [Re: Team Hillbilly]
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Originally Posted By: Team Hillbilly
If I had to guess I'd say the 44-40 has killed as much game as all the rest of the calibers we carry today,why do you think they made a replica of the 44-40, the most used caliber of the west. bang



They made that caliber in rifles so a person could carry a rifle and a pistol that used the same ammunition.

They were not designed to be hunting rifles. They did take their share of game but they were not hunting rounds.

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