magnum loads for 2 calibers-powder?


July 10, 2007, 09:05 PM
looking for a single powder to load both 357 and 44 mags. New to reloading for both calibers. I would prefer to start with one powder that will work with both to avoid having tons of different powders around. I will experiment more later, but just looking for a starting point. In my manuals, I notices 700-x was listed for quite a few different loads for both calibers. Any thoughts on this or others?

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Chief 101
July 10, 2007, 09:12 PM

July 10, 2007, 09:15 PM
+1 on 2400

Second choice - IMR 4227

July 10, 2007, 09:21 PM

July 10, 2007, 09:39 PM
I've used 2400 with excellent results, also BlueDot and AA#9.

July 11, 2007, 03:53 AM
H110 or W296 (both are the same powder)

July 11, 2007, 06:29 AM
Definately agree with 2400 & H110. 2400 a bit more "forgiving" with less than max loads. Another favorite is AA#9. Most accurate load with 180 gr. WFNGC (in .357). I prefer slower powders (as listed above) in straight wall pistol calibers.

July 11, 2007, 08:23 AM
AA #9, H110/W296, 2400 all will work well for full loads. 700X will make them both, and a whole lot of others, go bang, but you will only be able to get light to medium loads with it, or any other fast burning powder.

July 11, 2007, 09:19 AM
I use H110 in my heavy 44 and 357 loadings. It meters really well and burns clean with a good crimp.

July 11, 2007, 10:15 AM
2400 and AA#9 are good, but I like VihtaVuori N110 as well. It also seems to have less muzzle flash.

July 11, 2007, 11:04 AM
+ ? but 2400 for sure. Gives a wider range in loading. It's a classic magnum powder. Bill

Sharps Shooter
July 11, 2007, 01:49 PM
2400 or W296

July 11, 2007, 03:11 PM
AA#9 and standard (not magnum) pistol primers. Have had better accuracy than using Win 296 in Colt Python .357, Winchester Trapper 44mag, Ruger 44mag Blackhawk, and Marlin 1895cs .357mag. Shooting jacketed ammo in the .357 and 44 magnums the slower powders like Win 296, H110, 2400, and my favorite AA#9 powders perform best.

The Bushmaster
July 11, 2007, 03:15 PM
I'm with Sharps Shooter...2400 and W-296...2400 is great for those mild magnum loads for target shooting and W-296 is great for hot hunting loads...Although 2400 can be used for hot loads, but W-296 can't be effectively used for mild loads...

July 11, 2007, 06:51 PM
Blue Dot
Bullseye for lighter loads

July 11, 2007, 07:33 PM
h-4227 AA#9

July 21, 2007, 07:37 AM
H4227. Fills the case and cannot be double charged. Also temperature stable, apparently. Burns clean if enough charge is used and barrel is long enough. I don't know the other large pistol powders.

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