Are 44 Magnum bullets interchangeable between a revolver and rifle?
I was looking through my Remington catalog and noticed something that worried me a bit. I noticed I was firing rounds out of my rifle that are not listed under centerfire rifles. I was shooting model L44MG7 44 Magnum bullets from my rifle. And in my catalog these bullets are only listed under Handgun centerfire. In the Rifle centerfire section it lists the R44MG2 and R44MG3 bullets for use in a rifle but does not list the L44MG7 rounds I was using. The two rounds listed in the rifle section (R44MG2 and R44MG3) also appeared in the Handgun section. So I can see those are interchangeable, but the other round listed in handgun centerfire, the L44MG7, does not appear under rifle centerfire. So I am worried I used a bullet I was not sopposed to. Does anyone know why it is not listed for the rifle? And why only under handgun? Did I mess up by shooting those rounds from a rifle? Just wondering why the bullets I shot are only listed as hangun ammo and not rifle ammo. Thanks!!
To answer your questions in order as they appear;
1) "Are 44 Magnum bullets interchangeable between a revolver and rifle?" -- Yes.
2) "Does anyone know why it is not listed for the rifle?" -- There are several possibilities here. One is the bullet weight is only 180 grains, so maybe Remington thought it to short to stabilize in a rifle barrel that might have a different rate of twist than a handgun barrel. A second possibility is that it is sold as UMC ammo and thus comes from their "cheaper" line, thus they want to sell you the more expensive, and more profitable, "premium" ammo instead. Yet another could be the bullet style, (i.e. jacketed, swagged or cast lead and so forth). Remington might think you would get to much lead deposited in the bore due to the faster velocities developed by the longer rifle barrel, which might cause customer complaints. I do not know the configuration of the projectile in this case so I cannot answer that part definitively.
3) "And why only under handgun?" -- See answer under number two above.
4) "Did I mess up by shooting those rounds from a rifle?" -- No.
-- Coopertown Bob
.44 Mag is .44Mag. One in the same. Enjoy shooting them.
They show under the handgun ammo because the round was originally ment for handguns. Many rifles are in circulation now that chamber .44 mag
Good Luck & Happy Shooting !
just use the ones that are listed for your rifle.
no you didnt hurt your weapon.
Yes the .44 magnum rounds you found under pistol cartridges will work in a rifle thats chambered for .44 magnum. The .44 magnum is primarily a pistol cartridge that has also be chambered in rifles aswell. I have a Suger Super Redhawk and a Winchester rifle thats chambered in .44 magnum and yes both of them use the same cartridge the .44 Remington Magnum. So you didnt do anything wrong just letting you know its the same round.
Well the answer is: mostly
the bullets are the same caliber, However there are some, especially heavy, .44's that are simply too long to reliable cycle through a lever gun.
The only other possible explanation is that they ( Remington) "specs" the rifle ammo as ONLY Jacketed and handgun as either or, that way if you run the "handgun" ammo through a rifle and lead the barrel ,they can say, "well, snot our fault!
no you didn't mess up you can use the round for both types of weapons,they are a blast to shoot,enjoy
If they're factory loads, they're safe in either. I don't recognize that one you listed, but the difference from one firearm to another is going to be things like bearing surface and its effect on accuracy. The pressures will take care of themselves in any firearm rated for 44 mag.
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