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Old 03-01-2005, 08:53 PM   #1
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pet 44 mag and 44 special loads

Can anyone recommend their pet 44 magnum and 44 special handloads? I'm looking for ideas.

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Old 03-02-2005, 02:18 AM   #2
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I like the 200 grain Hornady XTP in a fedaral case with 28.3 grains of H 110 lit by a Federal 155 large pistol magnum and a moderate crimp. I get 1756 average velocity and two and half inch fifty yard groups through my S&W 629 with an 8 3/8 inch barrel....very good consistency too. HTH
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:34 AM   #3
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Sorry, don't reload for the 44 mag, but I have something along that subject that will be helpful.

Been doing some thinking, since didn't renew his lease on his DNS and disapeared off the face of the known universe: What about AM Backyard creating a cache of permament recommended load data by our users and readers? Set it up by caliber, each person fills out a form about a load they have tried and comments. Since it's mainly HTML and text (no videos and pics) it will not hog up much space on the server and bandwith. This will save poeple like you and me, time and work posting and looking for a good load, hoping someone out there in with crazy world reloads for this gun and will have the time to post thier comments.

Well it's just a thought. I liked Help when I was about to buy powders and bullets (Looked at good loads and stuff people has tried and drawed a conculsion.). You guys have a good day.
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:50 AM   #4
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I don't load .44 Magnum, but shoot a lot of .44 Special using a 240 gr. Keith style bullet and 4.5 gr. Titegroup. That gives 750 fps. and is very accurate. That also is very close to a factory duplication load.
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Old 03-02-2005, 05:59 AM   #5
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Been shooting the 240 grain Keith style cast bullet over max charge of 2400 since the 70s and have never regretted it. It has been accurate in my M29s and Super Blackhawks I've had over that time and has taken several deer. You don't get any expansion with these bullets (mine are casted hard) but you do get penetration and clean cut holes. If you have to take the animal down quickly, the load does a great job of bone crushing in the shoulder area.

As for the special, I haven't loaded any of them so I don't know.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:20 AM   #6
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24 gr. WW296, WLP, 240 bullet
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:33 AM   #7
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When I had my Colt Anaconda 4" 44mag.. I loaded 19.0gr of 2400 with a 240gr SWC from Oregon Trial..
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Old 03-02-2005, 02:21 PM   #8
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Oh, I forgot to mention that load is near max but I get no pressure signs and it is a magnum load.
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Old 03-02-2005, 03:30 PM   #9
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I've also been loading some 45 Colt with Hodgdon HS-6. The powder charge is miniscule and it is very easy to accidentally do a double load if you're not careful. Kind of unnerving. I'm accustomed to loading my 308, which has almost a full case with a standard load of Varget.


Any 45 colt suggestions?
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Old 03-02-2005, 05:27 PM   #10
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For an outstanding hog and deer load in a carbine, try 23gr. H-110 under a 240 soft point, magnum primer out back.

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Old 03-02-2005, 06:45 PM   #11
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Standard disclaimers apply. Loads were safe when I tried them. Reduce by 10% and work up.

.44 Magnum
For full power I like 240g JHP and max charges of H110.
For a plinking load I like something around 14g of HS7 and either a 240g JHP or a 240g SWC.

.45 Colt
My favorite load in .45 Colt for years was a 255g SWC and 11.0g of AA#5. This data came from the first AA loading booklet. AA powders have been reported to have a lot of variance from lot to lot recently so I may not continue with this when I exhaust my existing stocks of AA#5.

Lyman #47 listed 14.3g of HS7 as a max load with a similar bullet so I worked up a load with the 255g SWC stopping at 14.1g of HS7 with outstanding results. It's a very satisfying load to shoot and with WLP primers gave me an average velocity of 1086fps.

Ruger/TC/Carbine loads only
In the Blackhawk and the Marlin 1894 shooting 250g Jacketed bullets I like heavy compressed charges of H4227 between 24.0 and 26.0g.
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I have used the same load for many years. I started with 2400 but that stuff is SOooo dirty. Then I when to H-110 and it is really clean with great vol and super accurate. I have shot this load in many 44's but some S/W's will lock up with it. It is hot but great in my ruger's. I have taken 4 deer and one 400+lb bear.
My fav load is a Nosler(or Hornady if you want) 200gr HP over 29.9grs of H-110 with a mag primer(I usually use CCI or Win) and a good crimp. This load gives 1630fps@20 feet out of a RugerSRH with 7.5" barrel over my chrono.
I have used unique with a cast 250 Keith style bullet when I use to load mild loads for practice. I now seem to only shoot the 200grHP for all shooting. Been using this load since the 1970's with no problems in rugers or a T/C single shot pistol and a ruger 44 carbine(semi-auto).
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There are three loads that I have used for years. The first is my hunting load for my Marlin 1894S, the other two are for my Ruger SA and Smith Model 29 revolvers.

1. 270 grain Speer GDSP over 21 grains of H-110. I have used this in my Ruger SA also, but it sure kicks in a handgun. From the rifle, it performs well, giving about 1550 FPS. I have taken 7 whitetails with this load. All were quick kills

2. 240 grain Hornady XTP over 12 grains Unique. This gives me a little better than 1200 FPS from a handgun, and is my main CCW load.

3. 240 grain Speer LSWC, over 8 grains of Unique. This is my SA load, for just carrying around in the woods. It is a great plinker load, and not a bad hunting load. Velocity is about 950 FPS, and the accuracy is great.
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:34 PM   #14
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Hornady 240gr XTP, 10gr Accurate #2

Lee 240gr SWC TL , 21.5 Accurate #9

Lee 310gr TL GC, 17.5gr Accurate #9

Lee 310gr TL GC, 13.5gr 2400

From my 7 1/2" Redhawk
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:23 PM   #15
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Does H110 or AA#9 have more muzzle flash with a 240 grain bullet?
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