I LOVE the .44 for deer, I wish that I had a stainless but when I bought my Rossi 92 there was none out there. I strongly recomend if you intend to use the rifle for game animals USE A RIFLE BULLET and not a pistol bullet. I made the mistake and just about lost a deer because if it. I'm shure that you will love the Marlin as much as I do my Rossi.
I'm just getting into reloading, what are the differences between the pistol and rifle .44 bullet? The weight? Do they specify on the box? Sorry about all the questions, I'm planning on using this rifle for deer, and I want it to be the most potent that it can be
I use the 265 Hornady interlocs they are made for the 444 marlin, the XTP is suppose to work goo too. I'll be trying them soon. Pistol bullets are made for lower vel. of the pistols ie 1200fps and under. They have thin jackets and tend to blow up if you shoot through and into brushy areas or over expand at the higher vel. of the rifle. Any reloading manual will tell you the effective vel of each of their bullets. I'm a Hornady fan my self I use the 265 with 21.0g H110 and large pistol primers, shoots good and should be at about 16-1700fps. REMEMBER the .44 is a good 100 yard rifle, 150 if you can shoot real good. Where I hunt its less than 100, if over I use my 30-06. I've done alot of researh to find out this info and I have a real deeep fondness for this round.
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