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.