Re: 44 special wadcutter loads
Thanks for the info. The bullets are, indeed, full wadcutters. The bullet used by Buffalo Bore for their 44 spl "anti personnel" loads are available from Rim Rock Bullets in Montana. They're excellent. The wadcutter isn't the "double-ended" type. There is a single crimping groove. I "extrapolated" (I know this is VERY UNDESIRABLE) from the Speer manual. Speer listed 7.2 grains of Universal for a starting load with a 200 grains SWC. I tried 7.0 grains of Universal. The load chronographed at 1000 fps from my 3 inch barrel. Recoil was uncomfortable. Extraction was normal and the primers were not unduly flat. The very long bearing surface of the wadcutter together with the encroachment of the bullet into the case surely increased the pressure of the loads. I do not wish to punish gun or shooter with my loads. Hoping to find published pressure-tested loads to continue testing. The 44 spl wadcutters offer, I think, a superior self-defense option. I have not found that 44 spl hollowpoints expand at the velocity you can safely achieve with a 3 inch barrel. The wadcutters are also good for all-around plinking, too.