Ballistics on a .44mag lever gun (hunting antelope)

Ballistics on a .44mag lever gun (hunting antelope)

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    Ballistics on a .44mag lever gun (hunting antelope)

    I'm thinking I'm going to get a .44mag lever action with a 16" barrel for a truck gun. I've been mulling it over in my mind whether or not I should take it antelope hunting in the fall. Problem is, I don't know how well a .44mag would do for a long shot. the primary use will be to defend against two legged critters, and maybe take down a black bear if it came to that in the woods.
    My primary antelope gun choice would be my .25-06. Barring that, I'd take a 7mm or .30-06.

    What's your thoughts?
    I'm expecting a shot anywhere from 100 - 400 yards

    p.s. This will be my first antelope hunt, so I'm not entirely sure what to expect!
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    .44 carbines don't shoot well long distance. 25-06 or 7mm is a much better choice for long distance shooting(providing you can shoot long range). try shooting some long distance targets to find your accuracy potential.
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    thanks for the tip. My .25-06 is zeroed at 300 yards. I can reach out and touch things pretty accurately in the 700 yard range if i'm prone
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    I agree with Rocky. The .44 in a lever carbine will certainly do a good job but IMO not much outside of 100 or so yards. Accuracy will not match a HV rifle like your 25-06.

    For your purpose I would certainly be choosing at least .308 but for the distance shots the 7mm Mag will reign supreme.

    All that said - I do thoughly enjoy my Marlin .44 mag lever.
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    I'm worried that a 7mm mag may be a bit over kill on a small game animal like an antelope. The buggers only weigh a hundred pounds or so, right?
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    Well - shorter ranges perhaps but my thinking here is (and my son has used 7mm Mag for his deer for four or more years) ......... you have such a good flat trajectory. Tho heck, so I guess too will the 25-06. I am thinking really of when you ''stretch'' to 300 and 400 mainly.

    Thing is the terminal effects of the 7 will make double sure - one shot one kill. .... without too much meat damage hopefully. Bit of overkill I agree for under 100!
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Well - shorter ranges perhaps but my thinking here is (and my son has used 7mm Mag for his deer for four or more years) ......... you have such a good flat trajectory. Tho heck, so I guess too will the 25-06. I am thinking really of when you ''stretch'' to 300 and 400 mainly.

    Thing is the terminal effects of the 7 will make double sure - one shot one kill. .... without too much meat damage hopefully. Bit of overkill I agree for under 100!
    Almost seems like "you're damned if you do, damned if you don't" Nice to have the 7mm for a 400 yard shot, but if you get lucky and come upon a 75 yard broad side. . . BOOM, bye bye antelope chest.
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    .44 is not enough gun , ranges get out there a 400 yard shot is common in my area . a 243 is the lower end for what i see for your average hunter and work flat shooters up from there , range estimation on the plains is problematic for anyone who does not live here and for many who do .
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    Quote Originally Posted by kairo View Post
    I'm worried that a 7mm mag may be a bit over kill on a small game animal like an antelope. The buggers only weigh a hundred pounds or so, right?
    yes i agree but there is no such thing as toooo dead

    here in MI I have to hunt deer with a shotgun

    my longest shot has been 60 yards tops
    1oz at 1400 fps kills stuff dead and fast

    just shoot the antelope higher in the top of the shoulder/spine and not a ton of meat wasted

    i have shot them with a '06 (various distances) the drop like flies
    i have family in ND the had permits to shoot any antelope on site anytime of the year (this goes back 15 years ago) hell one trip i shot 12 or so in a weekend
    used uncles old beat up '06 gas station ammo nothing fancy they are ranchers not snipers

    what ever worked

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    LOL while not admitting anything , as a lifelong rancher i have actualy killed more of them dammed glorified goats with a colt woodsman .22 pistol than i have any other firearm . they are not robust , just fast and cautious . worry about flat shooters first , all else is second for a plains rifle . Ranchers cull permits are totaly different from a hunting licence tho . We see game up close all the time feeding cattle hell i slapped a white tail on the butt today to move him when cakeing cattle .
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    Sheeesh, and here I am paying good money to go shoot one of them "glorified goats"
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    LOL yea i have heard that a few were shot from a "rolling platform"
    we were not hunting we were shooting targets that moved fast LOL

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    Kario come out for a " prairie dog " hunt we will discuss all maner of vermin lol .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs View Post
    Kario come out for a " prairie dog " hunt we will discuss all maner of vermin lol .
    Have AR-15, will travel
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    If you want a lever gun to hunt Antelope, try and find a Winchester 25-35, either new or old with good barrel. In the late 1890's and the early 1900's they were used for Antelope, dear and varmits. It is much flatter shooting then the 30-30. Winchester had just started to manufacture them again before it went belly-up. I am keeping my eyes open for a new one myself because my old one has now become allmost to valuable to shoot.

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