CRIA1576ParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 3:34 pmPost count: 588topH20terrorParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 4:20 pmPost count: 1361
Don’t overlook these…….. https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/handgun/44-mag-225-gr-ftx-leverevolution#!/CRIA1576ParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 4:43 pmPost count: 588scruffyParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 10:48 pmPost count: 2431
my marlin completely dislikes the hornady lever revolution shells… 3″ – 4″ groups at 50 yards. But absolutely it loves the winchester soft points. At 50 yards the marlin punched a 10 shot group with 8 of the 10 shots touching (the 2 out of the group could have been me). So that’s what I’ll be feeding it.CRIA1576ParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 11:16 pmPost count: 588topH20terrorParticipantNovember 20, 2017 at 12:06 amPost count: 1361Dirt docParticipantNovember 20, 2017 at 1:43 amPost count: 38
I have no experience with a CVA. However, I have used the 240 grain XTP to take deer with two different muzzleloaders, two different 44 mag pistols and a 44 mag Marlin 1894. They have always grouped well and always performed well on all the deer they hit. With the Marlin (peep sight) I hit a large doe just to the right of chest center as she faced me straight on at 60 yds. The XTP went the full length of her body before taking out her hip socket.scruffyParticipantNovember 20, 2017 at 2:31 amPost count: 2431
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Thanks Scruff and which Winny loads are you talking about? Super-X soft points or a different line? Were you using the 240 grain or a different size?
When I scoped the marlin (which had sat in storage for 20 years…) I bought a box of 50 winchester “Deer and Black Bear” 240 grain Jacketed Soft Points (item number Q4240) to start the sight in process since they were cheap. They grouped best out of the three loads I tested. I’ll probably test more loads next year but I have no doubt the soft points will do a number on a deer’s boiler room. 😈CRIA1576ParticipantNovember 20, 2017 at 2:23 pmPost count: 588CRIA1576ParticipantNovember 26, 2017 at 8:07 pmPost count: 588
Hey guys, wanted to follow up on this thread. So I picked up the CVA on Saturday, and it came scoped with a Konus 3x9x32 scope. Not great, i know, but for .44 mag it should be fine. I was at Walmart last night and picked up a box of Federal 240gr JHP for $41 and some change. The Federals were a couple hundred fps faster than the Winny soft points, and were only a few bucks more, so I said what the heck.
I got the old school desk and trigger stick set up on my backyard range this afternoon and did some shooting at 50 yards. First two rounds out of box were about 10″ low and windage was good. Next two got on paper and walked it up near the 2″ center target. After one more adjustment, the next 6 rounds were inside the 2″ square with two pairs touching and one dead center on the bull.
Next, my daughters (10 and 12) each shot a 5 shot group. Both landed 4 out of 5 inside the 2″ square on their attempts, and each also had one flier outside the square a couple inches. This was the first time either have shot a big bore round, and recoil was absolutely manageable and they both really enjoyed the practice. They also both managed to get a pair of their 5 rounds to touch inside the square.
We had an absolute ball shooting the little rifle, and with some practice on our paper deer target, they should both be ready for second season shotgun very soon. I will upload the target pics to Imgur this week and post for ya’ll to see.
If you are looking to get a youth started, I can confirm that the .44 magnum is a great starter platform for boys and girls alike!Brad PhillipsParticipantNovember 26, 2017 at 10:30 pmPost count: 3187
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