Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply provided us with some ammunition to evaluate. We took my .44 magnum Super Red Hawk, the Winchester Dual Bond Jacketed Hollow Point Elite .44 REM Mag, 240 grain, and Winchester .44 REM Mag, 240 grain, Jacketed Soft Point out to evaluate their performance.
We started early as the first evaluation was in the efficiency of the load. The first round fired was the Dual Bond Jacketed, 240 grain, Hollow Point, which has a velocity at the barrel of 1300 ft/sec with 900 pounds of energy. We shot just before daylight to take a look at the barrel flash, which is the indicator for proficiency of the powder burn. Here is the shot.
As you can see, the muzzle flash was minimal considering the report and the sheer power of the load.
Next we fired the .44 REM Mag, 240 grain, Jacketed Soft Point, which leaves the muzzle at 1180 ft/sec with 740 pounds of energy.
Again, the report was strong with minimal muzzle flash, indicating a clean efficient burn.
When the sun rose we tested the raw power of the rounds. First the Dual Bond Jacketed Hollow Point Elite .44 REM Mag, 240 grain, shooting at ten feet at three one gallon jugs filled with gelatin.
The first two gallons were penetrated with the exit from the second being the whole back corner of the jug and the remnants slightly penetrating the third jug. A devastating bullet to say the least.
The second shot was with the .44 REM Mag, 240 grain, Jacketed Soft Point.
The bullet went through all three jugs with an exit hole slightly larger than the entry.
We went on to some casual plinking to evaluate the consistency of the rounds and found them to be very consistent in the report and accuracy.
I’ve shot .44 magnum pistols of the Ruger variety since I was fourteen years old and have no problem recommending both cartridges as top of the line, high quality ammunition.
I had heard phone books were a good test for penetration and power, and as both rounds are labeled as deer and bear rounds, I wanted to see what they would do to the phone book. I found two and taped them together. First I fired the 240 grain jacketed soft point, which blew through both books with a rather neat hole and kept on a going.
I then tried the 240 grain hollow point, which also went through both books and left a rain of confetti.
This was our first evaluation and it was a lot of fun. We still have a box of Winchester Platinum Tipped Hollow Point, 250 grain, to evaluate and will be doing so next weekend, at which time we will add to the evaluation a sixty gallon barrel of water, which we hope will allow us to retrieve the bullets for further evaluation, and at that time we will fire the rounds previously evaluated and show all three.
Again, this is high quality ammunition provided to us by Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply and we’d like to thank those folks for the courteous communications and the prompt secure delivery of the ammunition.
We would appreciate it if when you Trenchers place your orders, you would thank the good people at Wideners for their sponsorship of our site. I know Misty and Doc have already made a purchase and done so and it is just a good idea to do business with those who support us.
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