44 magnum

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  1. mtnman05

    mtnman05 New Member

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    Hi,
    I am new to the forum and reloading and I wanted to get some suggestions on 44 mag loads.

    I have a S&W 629-6 4 inch 44 magnum that I regularly shoot and I wanted to know what powder to use to load up some safe rounds with. I like something similar to a factory 240gr Hornady XTP round. Not too hot and not too wimpy. I have shot 270gr buffalo bores in my gun and thats a little too much recoil. haha. I also love the 180gr remington umc's. Awesome fireball
    I was wanting to load up some 200 or 240 gr XTPs for the range and deer and maybe a hard cast 300 gr for bear.
    What powder do you suggest? h110, 2400?
    I hear a lot of people say h110 is for full power magnums. Can it be used to load a safe load for my 629?
  2. Artemus

    Artemus New Member

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    My favorite all around powder for my 44 Maggies is Winchester 231 and then Unique.If I want to load Rino rollers I use 2400 or H110 or 296.
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    mtnman05 New Member

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    So for a load for a S&W should I stay with whatever the starting loads are in my reloading manuals for the H110 and only use the max loads in a ruger?
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    I use Accurate Powder, mostly because it takes less to get the same results! Less is better in my book, cause it costs less!

    No.7 240 HDY XTP 14.5gr, @ 1,145fps, and a max of 16.1grs. @ 1,302fps

    No.9 240 HDY XTP 17.8grs @ 1,214fps, and a max of 19.8grs, @ 1,380fps
  5. fritz

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    My favorite powder for the 44 is Winchester 296, it throws out of the hopper really consistent and shoots extremly well. I beleive Accurate no. 7 is the equevelent to win. 296. according to the burn rate for ball powders. I have never tried it but plan on doing so, they have plenty of it where i buy my powders, it seems to be a little more common arround here.
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    For me 2400!!!

    Denny G.
  7. 358NormaMag

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    I use different powders to you all in the states, but all other components are the same.
    I use ADI powders and the maximum charge is listed as 10.2 gr of AP70N, I load my metalic sihouette loads with 240gr JHP Nozzlers and use 9.2 gr of the above powder.
    I also use the 200gr JHP Nozzlers and use the same 9.2gr of powder.
    I shoot the 200gr projectile out to 100m and the 240gr projectile is used for the 200m targets.

    I my self see no real need to run Maximum loads in my pistols.

    As you would do for any reloading, work your loads up from the recomended starting load, when you get to 1.5gr of maximum look at the primer, the first pressure sign you should see is the primer starting to flaten out ( the destinct radiosed edges of the primer will be smaller.) and or the indent were the firing pin has struck, starting to cup.
    As soon as I see these signs that is a high enough load for me.
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  8. mtnman05

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    Another question. Say I wanted to load a 240gr hard cast WFN, my hornady book only shows data for the 240 jhp XTP bullet. Can I use the same data on a hard cast bullet or do you load hard cast and jacketed bullets differently??
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    You should really get yourself reloading data relivant to your powder.

    My reloading data lists the charge for lead projectiles 200gr at aprox 3gr less than jacketed.

    I have used full lead 240gr FN projectiles (Semi wad cutter style) with gas checks and with out, resulting in same load performance to the 240gr JHP.
    Both 240gr projectiles listed as the same maximum powder charge of 10.2gr AP70N.

    You may like to check the diamiter of the cast projectiles compared to the size of your barrel, your accuracy maybe affected if the projectile is to small.
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  10. JLA

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    For magnums, I use elmer kieths famous '600 yd load', 240 gr cast lead over 20 gr 2400 (back in the day it was 21 gr 2400, but back then the burn rate was slower), I also have a 'colt equivalent' 240 gr cast lead at 900 fps. with 8.5 gr unique. My favorite;), its realy easy on the hands and will still kill most anything on 2 legs or 4...
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    perhaps youre thinking of H110 and W296, they are one and the same. AA#7 is a different speed, I believe AA#9 is closer to H110/W296 in burn rate
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    When I load 240 gr Hornady XTP/HP, I use 23.2gr of H-110. I fire it in 2 Super Blackhawks, a Redhawk, and my Henry .44 lever gun. Good stout load but not a huge kick. I use the same load with jsp's
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    That is probably what i was thinking of, i had a chart arround here that showed the different burn rates and what powders were equvelent to what but I havnt been able to find it. I like the W296 powder but the store were i buy my powder hasnt had it the last few times i have been there, thats why i was trying to find something equvelent to W296.

    Thanks for the info, Fritz
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    After you get your copies of ABCs of Reloading and Lyman's 49th Edition Reloading Handbook :)rolleyes:), check out Alliant's 2400, and of course Unique, classic 44 Magnum powders and for top level loads, H110/W296 will get you there...
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    I'm another fan of 2400. I load 18.8 grains behind a 240 gr. jacketed bullet. This is a powerful and accurate load when fired from my 4" Model 29. It is also a good load for my Marlin .44 rifle.
  16. JLA

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    Careful with the W296 and H110 loads. They are not meant for anything but full throttle loads, and manuals list a narrow charge window between start and max. Thats the ONLY reason I dont use them, I like a load a tad less than full Blast when i want a magnum and loading down with W296/H110 will get you blown up:eek:
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