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If you can find them, I really like the 200gr Gold Dot in the .44 Spl.
Check for data that has 1,000 fps. That's usually the magic number. Then you're next up for water jug or wet newsprint/ballistic gel science.
Digging around the web, I can only find older info that indicates 240 gr. XTP .44 slugs have a minimum expansion velocity of 900 fps. I didn't find it or Hornady's website, so it appears they've removed it. If I remember correctly, XTPs aren't noted for spectacular expansion: more in the adequate category. They do have great accuracy.OTOH, loaded with a SWC bullet or even a large meplat flatpoint bullety, you might not need expansion, as the slug is already 1 1/2 times the diameter of a .308 bullet...
Picking up on what Elk Creek said in the revolver thread. One can generally get more speed from cast lead bullets with less pressure than jacketed. I can testify that non-expanding slugs kill very well. Although mine were 50cal.I have never seen anything negative said about the Speer Gold Dot bullets either.EditId guess that gun is to be extremely accurate with most anything. Based on my experience with N-Frame S&W's.
The XTPs are only wasted if you're looking at a hunting bullet or for expansion. I load 125 gr. XTP hollowpoints in .38 Special atop Bullseye. I doubt they'll expand, but they are very, very accurate. Pricier for plinking, but good for seeing if you're still up to the task, accuracy-wise.As an aside, good on you for wanting to hunt with a .44 Special. A lot of folks would tote a Magnum since deer have become armor-plated.
Adding to what bream said. I've loaded XTP'S in 45 Colt at slow speeds to use for paper. They're incredibly accurate, and I think worth it. They're also good for scrubbing small amounts of lead from the forcing cone when shooting cast bullets.
If you go with a non-expanding cast bullet, hit bone/shoulder.
That’s the brass I use.
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