44 mag and Unique


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billhilly66
June 27, 2007, 02:12 PM
I realize that Unique is not ideal for heavier loads in 44mag however, I happen to have a bunch of it on hand. Iím thinking of working to about say, 10.5-10.8gr of Unique with a 240gr JSP.

Anybody using anything along these lines and what do ya think?

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DMZ
June 27, 2007, 02:28 PM
One of my favorite loads for my 3" M29 is 10.0 grains of Unique under a 240 grain JHP. Not much flash and blast and recoil feels like a .44 spl.

Speer #13 shows 10.3 grains of Unique as a max load with a 240 gr jacket bullet.

Speer # 10 shows 12.6 grains of Unique as a max load with the same bullet.

I would start at 10.0 and work up to 10.5.

GRIZ22
June 27, 2007, 02:56 PM
I like Unique as my all around pistol powder. Not the best for small cases (380) or for full magnums (357 or 44) but does a decent job with just about any pistol cartridge. Your load seems like a safe one as the manuals all list a bit heavier load. Unless you shoot at a range that forbids lead I'd try a lead swc. Your velocities should be in the 1000-1200 fps range and a good hard cast bullet can shoot a lot of those without leading problems at a substantial saving over jacketed bullets.

billhilly66
June 27, 2007, 03:02 PM
I'm stuck with jacketed bullets. My range is lead-free:(

I've got a post looking for cheap .38 bullets I can shoot there.

I'm sure I'll get around to finding a more suitable powder but for now, I've got a large quantity of Unique I need to use up.

Bottom Gun
June 27, 2007, 03:43 PM
I load Unique in my .44 mag. My standard hunting load is 12.0 gr Unique behind a 240 gr jacketed bullet. It works well.

pinkymingeo
June 27, 2007, 08:30 PM
Unique works very well in 44mag. I use 9.3 under a 240 LSWC for 950fps in a 3" barrel and 995fps in 4". Very accurate, and pleasant to shoot in shorter barreled guns. Also, about as much power as you need for most purposes.

Lennyjoe
June 28, 2007, 03:34 AM
I use Unique for mild range loads. Wife likes them too.

Wedge
June 28, 2007, 08:48 AM
I use Unique as my all purpose powder. Heaviest I have ever gone was 10gr Unique with a 300gr LSWC. Stout but not punishing. This was in a Ruger Blackhawk. Safe in my gun, might not be in yours, use your judgement.

My general .45 Colt load is 9gr Unique and a 255gr. LSWC. Again, packs a nice wallop, but you can shoot 150 in an afternoon and not be in pain. I think 8gr. Unique is the standard .45 Colt load.

Your load sounds like it would work, but please approach it safely and use proper procedures!

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