44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Scrumbag
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44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Hi folks,

Anyone got any experience of loading Barnes XPB 200 or 225 gr bullets in 44 mag lever actions?

My rifle is a 20" bbl Chiappa Alaskan with a 1:20" twist

Guessing H110 or Enforcer are my powders of choice?

All help much appreciated.

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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Nice gun, sorry cant help with the load data. What scope and mounting setup is that?
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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mickbr wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:34 am
Nice gun, sorry cant help with the load data. What scope and mounting setup is that?
Thanks Mick!

It's a 2.5x28 Leupold Scout Scope with mounted on the Scout Rail that comes with the rifle and using Hawke Low QD rings.

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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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I use 28 grains of H110 (or win 296) in my Winchester 94 which nets me an average of 2100 fps and will make clover leafs at 75 yards all day long. Its absolutely awesome on whitetail deer, hits them like Thors hammer.
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Oh, thats half a grain under the max load according to Hodgens but i found my groups opened up more the higher i got above 28 grains
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Impressive as heck!
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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wvfarrier wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:47 pm
Oh, thats half a grain under the max load according to Hodgens but i found my groups opened up more the higher i got above 28 grains
Looks good! Which bullet is that?
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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200 grain Barnes XPB
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wvfarrier wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:18 pm
200 grain Barnes XPB
Great stuff!

Any idea what velocity it was doing?
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Im hunting til Sunday. Will check my notes when i get home.
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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wvfarrier wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:49 pm
Im hunting til Sunday. Will check my notes when i get home.
Very kind and I wish you happy hunting!
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Average was 2,063 from a 16" barrel.
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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wvfarrier wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:30 pm
Average was 2,063 from a 16" barrel.
That's great, thanks. Should be doing similar with my 20" bbl without too much trouble.

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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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Its a great loading, both the deer i used it one dropped within 20 feet and the one my son shot dropped in its tracks.....granted it was a head shot.
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Re: 44 mag lever action and Barnes Bullets

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wvfarrier wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:40 pm
Its a great loading, both the deer i used it one dropped within 20 feet and the one my son shot dropped in its tracks.....granted it was a head shot.
Good to know. We have a law here that for the larger species of deer you have to have a Muzzle Energy of 1,700 ftlbs so in a .44 lever action you tend to need to be at the lighter end of the bullet scale and it seems Barnes would be a good combo of light and tough.

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