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#31 lilwes278

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:48 AM

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 12:22 PM

I still will agree with clampdaddy.We were talking about handgun hunting.Got a little "off track".As, we are entitled to our opinions.I still like the 30-06.I've loaded hundreds of rounds for mine,when I had it.And,I still would trust my cast bullets in 44 mag or 45 Colt.My cast are 320gr JDJ-44 mag,255gr,and RCBS 270gr SAA-45 Colt.These really don't need to be driven to "magnum" velocities to be effective.The 454 Casull rounds are loaded to the "factory equivalent",as shown in the reloading sheet,provided by Freedom Arms.IF we had the same black/brown bears here,as in Alaska,then my choice would be my F.A model 83.260gr or the 300gr.Those are "soft point".The exposed lead is hard.DFG hasn't put out a bulletin about the animals with body armor.The 240gr (presume HPs) on the bear,opened up too soon.So,no penetration.The 44 magnum still can bequite effective,IF the correct ammo is used.The Speer 270gr more than likely,would have been effective.IF those bullets were cast,hopefully,a heavier bullet,then yes,there would have been penetration.
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 05:14 PM

Hey Rude Robert,I would go with the speer 300 gr. sp. or bear tooth bullets, 300 gr. or bigger. Alot of alaska hunters prefer .44mag because you can get back on target a hole lot quicker for follow up shots. The big mags do hit alot harder(like the 454, 460. 500) but recoil is so ferce, it super hard to get back on target with follow up shots. If you reload your own you can crimp bullet in rear cannelure and charge 22.5 gr.s of h110 with mag primer for the speer 300gr. that should punch a .430 hole right through that big critter!...I hope this helps ya.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:55 PM

woodsman would that be okay to shoot in the s and wesson??? someday id like to get a ruger, but the smith is lighter and a bit easier to carry over long distance
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:25 PM

I don't think the S&W cylinder is long enough to use the lower crimping grove. I believe it is there for heating up the Redhawk. I've actually seen articles in magazines regaurding those long loaded .44 mag cartridges in the Redhawks and some gunwriters have started calling those loads the 11.2mm magnum.
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 05:03 PM

lol i just dont want to blow up the smith, the reloading manual which was wrapped in plastic used a ruger with its bullet and powder charges so i know being lighter then the ruger the smith cant be loaded the same way robert
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:32 PM

The best way to stop a bear from having you for lunch is to bring a buddy along that doesn't run as fast as you

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 10:10 AM

woodsman would that be okay to shoot in the s and wesson??? someday id like to get a ruger, but the smith is lighter and a bit easier to carry over long distance

Rude Rob, sorry I was thinking you had ruger redhawk...for the S&W go less, 19grs. seat at 2nd crimp.i have shot that full house load in my S&W a few times but went lighter because of there reputation of not holding up to the heavy reloading.I use the newer redhawk as my carry/ back-up gun, it has 4in. barrel in .44mag.not as light as S&W but close...and I can use full house loads and not worry about the gun comming apart.Scott

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:35 PM

id like to buy the ruger next, but that thing is heavy but i have always liked ruger better. thx for info
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:35 PM

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:59 AM

Have you looked at Barnes bullets?http://www.barnesbul...roducts/pistol/I hear that they donít start expanding until they meet with fluid. They will penetrate bone (skull) or a small tree limb with out opening up and when they hit soft tissue, they flower.Hunters in Africa have been using solids for many years on dangerous game.I myself would take my AR10 with a 25 round mag. If I got to see the bear before he started to charge, he would go down.For fishing, an ar15 platform with a .50 Baowulf upper with a 10 round magazine and 400 grain bullets would be a relatively compact and lightweight competent platform in an emergency.http://www.alexander...opper.htm?cat=2

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:03 AM

Yes i seen the barnes. I really hate to buy from them unless there isnt any other way. Like a lot of people in this forum, I think they basically screwed the hunter in california
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:35 PM

just curious, how did Barnes screw us ? If you're talking about the non lead condor thing I spoke to people at Barnes before it was legislated and they did not want the ban because they couldn't produce fast enough for demand plus everybody else would be in the copper bullet business.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:17 AM

That's funny because if you watched the hearing where they spoke to F&G Barnes said just the opposite. They stated their bullets were even cheaper and had stockpiles of bullets.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 06:10 PM

that's how barnes screwed us! :popcorn:
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:17 AM

Quote"I believe the .357 would be better on fur ... and also better if the bear shoved it up, well never mind... LOL "What good is the fur if your not here to see it. Buy The 44 with a 7 1/2 in barrel. Good to 100 if you practice. Load it it 180 JHP.It may not punch through steel like the 06, but when that 180 slug opens to the size of a quarter with razor edges, it will perform. They open up and cause much more internal damage than a 300 grain bullet poking a nonlethal hole in the critter while he is gnawing on you. I had an encounter at 20 ft. My buddy was glad I had the combo I did. It save his life. He was using the 300 grainer.They will piss the bear off. This bear took three hits of the 300 gr and two hits of 180. Upon autopsie it was clear which bullet worked.Toss the 300'sJust my :two-cents:

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:12 AM

Well that's interesting what kind of bear ? Were those 300 gr cast bullets? Hornady makes 300gr XTP bullets.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:55 AM

You had me there for a minute. They were jacketed 300 grain flat nose I do believe. The 180's HP opened up.That's what made the difference. I hit a coyote with the 180 and that was impressive also. I would not want to see someone in the situation I was in and get mauled. Makes my sphincter pucker just thinking about that one. We had no time to think about it, just reacted and luck was on our side that day.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:18 AM

Looks like Sierra might be the maker of that bullet. Tell us some more details? How far was it when the first shot was fired? Black bear right? Read reports of guides who claim to have seen hundreds of bears shot by hand guns and he swears by cast bullets. Others say no you need the shock of Jacketed bullets !

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 01:23 PM

+ 1 on the shotgun with slugs. The biggest bear I ever killed weighed 520 lbs gutted. This bear was killed on the ground in old growth manzanita. We dogged him for over 8 hours before I got close enough to shoot him. He was pissed and had killed some of our dogs. He charged me when I was watching the dogs fight him. When a bear is on the ground like this you have to sneak in and wait for a head shot. That is what I was doing when he charged. I shot him 5 times in the chest when he was comeing at me. They were all good shots. It took one in the head point blank to stop him. It scared the poop out of me. I was lucky I did not get chewed on. A chargeing bear is hard to hit in the head. I would still hunt with a 44 if I had hounds. Most black bears run when they smell or see a human. A griz is a whole different critter than a black bear. I would want a shotgun with slug's and buckshot if I had one of those after me.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 03:02 PM

Bennie what did you shoot him with? I went Bear hunting and the guide told me over and over if I have the shot shoot him behind the ear. Well I didn't he was a medium size bear treed . He took 3 sold hits with a 300 RUM 200 gr Acubonds.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 09:07 PM

Bennie what did you shoot him with? I went Bear hunting and the guide told me over and over if I have the shot shoot him behind the ear. Well I didn't he was a medium size bear treed . He took 3 sold hits with a 300 RUM 200 gr Acubonds.

I killed him with a 44 180 grain hollow points. They are tuff to kill some times. I made a bad shot one time on a sow that weighed about 300 lbs. The dogs were fighting her in a creek bottom. She was comeing down hill to me so I hid behind a tree and waited. The banks going up both side's were real steep so I knew she would come right by me. When she was three feet away I stepped out from behind tree and shot her right between the eyes. I was too close and angle of shot was wrong. bullet went under brain and through lower neck in to chest. All the dogs mounted her as soon as I shot. She jumped in creek and grabbed my buddies best dog by the neck. I had to go in water and shoot her again. Put barrel on her back and shot her right between the shoulder blades. Could not risk another head shot with dog in her mouth. The bullet broke her back and and paralized her before makeing its way to vital's. This is the best shot I have found for breaking down large hog,s that bayed up. It works on bears too but I usually don't like to get that close. The first head shot on this sow did enough damage that the dog she had in her mouth came out of it with out getting hurt. If I had a griz in this situation I would use a 12 gauge pump loaded slug, 00 buck, slug. Two of the old guys I used to hunt with always wanted to try a big griz with our hounds. We never did but I think if we had we would have came home with all of our young dogs dead, and maybe some of the old ones.
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