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S&W 629 5” bbl
Hornady 44 mag 200gr XTP
Enforcer powder 22.5gr
Fiocchi and Federal LPP primers
Hornady load data

Having problems getting this to work. Squib. One that went 10 yrds and dropped (actually saw the bullet!) Some fired ok. Couple had to pull case out with pliers. Spoke with Hodgdon (Curtis) and he said probably need a more aggressive crimp and maybe a magnum primer although no data calls for one. 44 specials with Power Pistol to Hornady spec work great.
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Enforcer is a very fine ball powder and requires a magnum primer for proper ignition. Your charge of 22.5 grains is much too light. A max charge is going to be + or - 26 grains. Ball powders of any kind require a near maximum charge to be dependable. Once you increase your charge by 2 1/2 grains or so, add a magnum primer, and use a proper crimp, you will see a much improved round.
 

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Just for grins and giggles, if the name of the cartridge is "Magnum" - use Magnum primers. A slightly hotter ignition and a stronger primer cup can make all of the difference. Normally Magnum loads do require a strong crimp for two reasons: one being that a stronger crimp will help the entire powder charge ignite as the bullet exits the case - and the other is that most magnums have a strong recoil, and a firmer crimp will help those cartridges waiting to be fired stay all in one piece like they were meant to do.

There are some powders that have been around a long time and are proven "winners". There are other newer powders that are hyped-up to sell. If I were you (I'm not) I'd try one or two of the older powders long used in the .44 Magnum. You might like it.

Good luck and stay safe.
 

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SUCCESS! Followed you guys advice ie mag primers and more aggressive crimp and holy buckets those rounds were dynamite! Actually going to backdown just a little on the powder as it really packed a punch! Thanks again for all the help!
Not a good idea. As stated earlier trying to build light loads with ball powders such as Enforcer, H110, WW296, etc is asking for trouble. These powders are designed for full house loads therefore trying to lighten the load with these powders can bring forth a number if issues. In order to be safe rather than lightening the charge move to a powder designed for lighter loads. Information on such powders and how they are to be used is available in many manuals.
 

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Not a good idea. As stated earlier trying to build light loads with ball powders such as Enforcer, H110, WW296, etc is asking for trouble. These powders are designed for full house loads therefore trying to lighten the load with these powders can bring forth a number if issues. In order to be safe rather than lightening the charge move to a powder designed for lighter loads. Information on such powders and how they are to be used is available in many manuals.
Roger that! We’ll stick with that load recipe then!
 
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