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44 MAG reloading for a revolver

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by JackO, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. JackO

    JackO Instructor Instructor NES Member

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    Folks,

    What powders and what loads do you use for 44 mag 240gr jacketed and lead bullets?
     

  2. RKG

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    For light to medium loads, .44 Special cases and Unique. For heavy .44 Magnum loads, 2400.
     
  3. Patriot

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    W231 (Light) & AA#9 (Heavy)
     
  4. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Consigliere Moderator NES Member

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    H110, 2400, and a military pull-down powder called WC820. Here's a write-up I did on it:

     
  5. bob68

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    when i had a 44 mag. i used 2400 in it.
     
  6. Fooped

    Fooped Resident HK Guru

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    Ditto, 2400 for me too.
     
  7. NavyRedneck

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    I love Unique. Sure, it's dirty but it's cheap and I can do light plinking loads and heavy hunting loads as well. I use the stuff in every caliber I own.
     
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    I liked 296 when I did a lot of reloads years ago.
     
  9. BIG GUN

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    10G. Unique behind a 250G Keith style PBSWC is [email protected] 1100 or so fps. 8-9G Universal is about the same but cleaner.
    22G WC820 behind a 250G Thompson GC SWC for the Rugers & Contender.
    These are all home cast. Brinell 15 for PB & 22 for GC [Lino].
     
  10. iburnpowdah

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    7 gr. of Unique under a 240/250 gr lead swc will give you a load that you can do just about anything with. I believe it was one of Skeeter Skeltons favorites in either 44 special or 44 magnum cases.
     
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    NRN, i also think Unique is wonderful stuff. just have to wait for the smoke to clear...

     
  12. sdavid

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    I've been working up some loads with Bullseye and Berry's lswc; 5.5g- 5.9g. I do need to run some more tests for accuracy with some previous loads with the newer recipes.

    ETA: these are 240 grain bullets; I have found the Berry's to be more consistent in weight than Northeast Bullets.
     
  13. Dick

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    Unique for light loads, 296 for heavy.
     
  14. Forester

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    2400 works great in this caliber. BTW, Unique cleans up nicely at higher pressures.
     
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    23 gr of 296 is etched upon my memory from my IHMSA days. Although 2400 and 4227 powders works well also. Check a loading manual for amount.
     
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    296 or H110 are one and the same.
     
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    One in the same?

    BG,
    Why do you state that Winchester 296 and Hodgdon (sp) H110 are the same?
    I would not think that one or the other is repackaging the others product and relabeling. I've burnt up quite a bit of 296 and some H110 as well. The 296 has a very distinct odor when lit. Definately smells different than the H110. I personally have not had them side by side under a microscope to compare.
     
  18. BIG GUN

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    They were both made by Olin. In fact all ball powders were made by Olin. This may have changed with all the recent aquisitions but you will note that loading data is very similar with the exception that they suggest not dropping the max charge with 296. A lot of new powders are comming from Canada, Australia, And eastern Europe.
    I have been using the same recipes for both powders for years with no difference in pressure signs, or velocity.
     
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  19. dannyk45

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    I like the IMR 4227
     

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