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To: Myrddin
I like 240 gr JHP in .44 Mag, for both the Super Blackhawk and the Marlin. About 1400 fps is good for 'short' shots in the rough breaks, and I've take whitetail at 100-150 yards with the Marlin. Handy having both in the same caliber, and the loads I load are mild enough with the 7 1/2 bbl on the Ruger that I don't suffer.

If I'm out of the badlands (shortgrass prairie) or working along the butte tops, I prefer .30-06 for deer--much better at those ranges, although my favorite rifle for that work has a scope on a tip-off mount and iron sights in case I decide to work the bottoms and don't want to switch rifles.

While my son-in-law has taken quite a few deer with the .30-30, I never bought one for some reason.

I don't think it would be fun to shoot out of a handgun, and yes, I have shot T/Cs before. I reckon the light loads would make a difference, though.

83 posted on 03/20/2008 9:23:06 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I have the Marlin 1895GM 45-70 lever action in addition to the BFR revolver. I have to be careful loading ammunition as the BFR is only rated for 31,000 PSI. The Marlin rifle is good to 40,000 CUP. Both are fairly pleasant to shoot with the typical "cowboy" 45-70 405 gr loads.

I was very favorably impressed with the accuracy and muzzle velocity developed with the T/C Encore using the 15" 460 barrel. I fired a .454 Casull 200 gr round at one of my steel spinners. It nearly punched all the way through the 3/8" steel. The same load in the Ruger Super Redhawk just made a moonscape of the spinner. Clearly, the 15" barrel provided additional velocity. I now have a 20" 460 barrel to place on the T/C Encore. That should be a very fine rifle and capable of 45LC, .454 Casull and 460 S&W mag.

94 posted on 03/20/2008 10:44:30 AM PDT by Myrddin
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