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Factory ammo is always good, but expensive. I use the same loads in my Marlin lever gun that I shoot in my Ruger Black Hawk. I use Winchester 296, 24.5 grains, or a max load, at 1400fps. AA #9, 19.5 grains for a reduced load, at 1250fps. Both of these loads are for the Hornady 240 grain XTP bullets. The Winchester 296 loads are max, and you should start lower with the Hornady manual, and work your way up to max. Every rifle is different! For lead bullets, I try to keep all loads down to 1,000fps, and will go to 1,200fps if I know the bullets I'm loading are really hard. And don't forget about the .44 special loads, they work well in the lever rifles also.