Question regarding a certain factory round for deer hunters using a .44 Mag revolver

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by dpretired, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. dpretired

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    Is there anybody out there who has shot a deer with their .44 Magnum revolver using the Barnes Vor-tx .44 Mag, 225 gr. XPB factory round? Just out of curiosity, I recently decided to buy a box of these bullets, but have not yet had the opportunity to shoot a deer with them. I see that it is another all-copper, deep hollow point bullet very similar to their Expander MZ muzzleloader bullets. I have personally enjoyed great results with those 50 cal. bullets in the past. I'm anxious to hear any reports on how this similar .44 Mag round performed on a deer size animal. According to company ads, it's supposed to have great penetration on deer and produce big exit wounds, but I don't always take the company's word for it. I like to get my reviews from real people.
     
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    Just visited a sporting goods store and noticed that this Barnes .44 Mag factory round I described in my earlier post today has been adopted by Federal. It's in their Federal Premium line-up of hunting bullets and is called the Federal .44 Mag Big Game Load. It has the very same Barnes Expander MZ style all-copper bullet with deep hollow point. I imagine the powder charge and ballistics are exactly the same too. Price: $40.00 for a box of 20 rounds.
     

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    Not with a revolver but have shot two deer with the 44 mag Vor-tx bullets out of a CVA single shot rifle this year. Farthest shot was just over 100 yards and both were pass through.
     
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    Well, that's good to hear about those particular bullets passing completely through. Especially at that distance. I don't expect to ever shoot at a deer with my .44 revolver at long ranges like that, maybe 20 - 25 yards out at the very most. I see deer closer than that all the time from a tent blind that I sit in on the edge of a small apple orchard. With the type of sights that are on my handgun, the risk of wounding a deer at longer ranges would just be too great. I'm planning on using it only in thick cover situations where I can expect any shots I take to be close. I've had plenty of situations in the past like that while watching a runway in a dense cedar swamp when the deer are almost on top of you before you can see them and then are gone before you can find them in the scope. I imagine that it would be quite a thrill to knock one down with a handgun someday instead of a rifle. I'm hoping to experience that in the near future.