This is a discussion on Marlin 44 is ready to go! within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; My Winchesters are a 26" Teddy Roosevelt Commemorative .30-30, a 20" .45 Colt, and a 16" .44 magnum. My first loves are lever-action rifles and ...
“The everyday man who holsters a handgun for come-what-may eventualities cannot improve on a .44 Special revolver.” Skeeter Skelton
The 44 probably has an edge as a hunting round, however. It shoots a wee bit flatter and has a slightly better sectional density than that lovely 45 Colt. Although, for practical purposes, it might be a toss up.
I also shoot .45-90 Winchester in an original Winchester 1886 rifle, and .45 Sharps Express in an original 1874 Sharps business rifle. For those I rely on brass manufactured outside the US because it is simply unavailable anymore (the Sharps requires modifications of ANY brass before it can be used).
My point in responding is that those of us who have made a hobby and history of producing our own ammunition will never be dependent on supply chains, and we will never be subject to the costs that plague many shooters, hunters, and collectors. I have been doing this since 1972, probably longer than some of you folks have been practicing breathing.
I can easily produce just about any ammunition for $0.15 per round or less, assuming I have a supply of brass and a suitable bullet mould. In fact, I regularly turn out 9mm, .38 Special, .357 magnum, .40 S&W, .45ACP, .44 Special, and others for under 7 cents per round. I shoot a lot of .44-40 in original Colt revolvers and century-old rifles, but I don't pay $65 per box at the store; I make my own for $4 per box.
Enjoy your day.
My silhouette rifles, the .40-70 and .45-90 both weigh just shy of the limit of 12lbs 2 oz. My .45-100 is a 32" #1 Shlioh Special Sporting which is a little over 13lbs. All of mine have shotgun but-stocks. So really even in a 40 rd match (+ sighters), 30 of which were prone off sticks, the recoil wasn't all that bad.
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