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    44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    I recently bought a new Taurus Tracker 44Mag and am looking for ammo recommendations for both pig/deer and self defense applications.

    I found some Hornady LeverEvolution 44Mag locally and will try that out as one possibility for a hunting load. Other suggestions?

    I'm also looking for a good 44 Special load for self defense. I'm looking to try Speer Gold Dot 200gr and Winchester SilverTip 200gr cartridges, but haven't found any to buy yet. I tried Cheaperthandirt, Midway, Bass Pro, Sportsman Guide. Still looking, any other ideas would be appreciated too.

    Can't wait to put some rounds through it!
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    Nice!
    I will most likely be a minority on this but any 44 is going to preform well. It's a big slow moving projectile that will happily give up it's energy. My vote is a heavy, slow moving bullet like the Remington.
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    I found some Blazer .44 Special with Speer Gold Dot 200gr Hollowpoint bullets while out today. Given how short ammo supply is these days, I bought a couple of boxes ($29.99 per 50rds).

    I'm wondering how the Blazer performs versus Speer's own ammo loaded with 200gr Gold Dot bullets. Anyone have experience with both? Obviously the Blazer uses aluminum for the cartridge, but is there any difference in the powder used by each?
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by 68norton
    Nice!
    I will most likely be a minority on this but any 44 is going to preform well. It's a big slow moving projectile that will happily give up it's energy. My vote is a heavy, slow moving bullet like the Remington.
    Norton
    I dunno, any 44 mag will be flying well over 1000 fps. 44 specials would be quite a bit slower. I'd probably carry 44 spl just due to the less noise/flash and recoil. Touch off a 44 magnum 240 gr UMC JSP w/out ear muffs in an enclosed space. Yikes!

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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    Remington 240 grain 44 magnum jacketed softpoint will take down anything from black bear on down, with proper shot placement. It's a great all purpose hunting load.
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    CheaperThanDirt now has Winchester 44Spec Silvertips back in stock, $21.26/box of 20rds. Just bought some to try in my Tracker, too.
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    Tell us how it shoots full house loads. I'm in the market for a 44 mag Tracker and would appreciate any info. on performance.

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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    I'll be shooting it in the coming week with both .44 Special and Magnum loads and will check back in with a report asap.
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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    Deer- small ones, 240gr HP on up. I prefer SWC and cracking both shoulders.

    Boar- use a HP if you like excitement and the distinct possiblity of getting gored.
    Use a hard-cast SWC on these critters.
    The hide and gristle plates are too much for most HP's.
    They don't usually go down easily, or, nice.

    Buffalo Bore, Garret etc make some nice hunting rounds if your frame is up to these loads.
    If not- get the heaviest slug you can and get close and don't hunt these critters alone w/o a back up shooter.
    Make damn sure it's dead, dead DEAD.
    Feed it a couple extra before you get too close to get off two shots on your post-kill walk-up.

    Hogs have a rep, and, for good (bad) reason.

    Piiiics!
    ...mess w/ the Bull?, ya get the Horns...

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    Re: 44 Mag/Special ammo for Tracker

    I use the Blazer .44 special in my S&W 1950 Target with a 4" barrel. It's good and very accurate.

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