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    Default 44 mag ammo for a lever-gun???

    What would you guys recommand for factory fodder for a Marlin 1894 44 mag w. a 20" barrel. The use would be black bear over bait. I have not shot the gun enough to know if it will shoot the heavier bullets well. But I shot a few groups with 240gr. JHP's and one with 300gr federal HC's. the 240 did group much better. Will I have problems with loading long bullets in this gun? Will it shoot Cast or Jacketed bullets better? I know it has a slow twist of 1:38.
    Is the 250gr part. tough enough for lever-gun velocity? Maybe the 280 bonded sp Corbons? Or just stick with hard casts even if they have to be of a slightly lower weight (250-265)? I'm guessing from some of the handgun post's that the 300gr XTP is way to fragile, so what are my other options? Any help/ideas much appreciated.

    Thanks, Jake

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    in the 1894 Marlin can make problems in feeding, like the Cast Performance WLNGC bullets in 320 gr. weight. I like to use the 305 grain bullets in the 1894 as it usually penetrates through and gives you a good sized exit wound, so the Cor-Bon 305 grain loads should work well.

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    I handload the 270 gr Speer and it works wonderfully. I know that someone loads it but don't remember who. I use Lilgun and it comes out of the rifle at about 1700 fps or so. Very accurate round. Jim

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    Haven't shot a blackbear with them, but I've whapped a couple of deer with a Marlin shooting plain old Federal 240 grain HP factory loads. Shots were broadside through the lungs at 50-75 yards. Didn't recover either bullet, but wound channels convinced me that I'd be better off with a little tougher bullet for closer ranges.

    Translate that as you want to blackbear and whether or not you'd take a shot other than broadside lungs, or closer for that matter. Putting myself in your shoes, I'd be as comfortable with a good jacketed softpoint as a hardcast, but I'm going to restrict myself to broadside lung shots no matter what I stuff up the chute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauserboy View Post
    in the 1894 Marlin can make problems in feeding, like the Cast Performance WLNGC bullets in 320 gr. weight. I like to use the 305 grain bullets in the 1894 as it usually penetrates through and gives you a good sized exit wound, so the Cor-Bon 305 grain loads should work well.
    Yup. The Cor-Bon 305-grain bullets would make a black bear look silly! That's if your Marlin will shoot them or not.

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    I load 305 grain SSK hardcast slugs and a full load of H-110. They run at 1220 fps from my old 6.5 inch M-29 and almost 1700 fps from a Rossi 92
    levergun.
    I have to load them shorter for the lever gun so they will cycle...
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
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    Default WTH!!!

    I've ordered a set of skinner ghost ring sights for my 1894. but I wanted to go have some fun at the range, so I went out with some 240gr jhp's from american eagle. The problem was I could not get the factory sight anywhere close to verticaly adjusted. I am shooting way high. Like 12 inches @ 25 yrds. and that is with the rear ramp in the lowest position. am I doing somthin' wrong here??? Is it just those bullets? what will shoot lower a faster or a slower bullet inside say 50 yds? I know its no big deal as long as my ghost ring sights don't have the same problem but what is out of wack here?

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    You're not doing anything wrong. You just need a higher front sight to go with the new rear one. Not expensive and not hard to change.

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