44 Mag Question?


September 3, 2009, 02:16 PM
I am finally getting a Ruger Super Redhawk in 44 Mag. I need load info on a good mild load with 240 LSWC. The powders I have are W231, Unique, H110 and Power Pistol. Any suggestions. I have 4 loading manuals but they are at home.

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September 3, 2009, 02:29 PM
If you want a mild load you can rule out H-110, and probably Power Pistol also.

7.5 grains Unique with a lead SWC is the old .44 Spl. Skeeter Skelton load.

8.5 Unique in the .44 Mag should be mild but powerful in .44 Mag cases.

Hodgdon shows 5.5 WW231 giving 800 FPS, and 11.0 MAX giving 1,334.


September 3, 2009, 02:47 PM
AA #2 for real mild loads with lead, although Red Dot is another good choice. Unique, Universal Clays, or N340 for midrange loads.

Ben Shepherd
September 3, 2009, 03:03 PM
Rc steered you right. 7.5 unique is a very mild powder-puff load, and stepping up to 8.5 gives you a very mild but still magnum territory load.

September 3, 2009, 04:07 PM
Thanks guys. I'm just wanting something that my wife can shoot. She is a small woman (4''9"). For me. like HeMan said, "I have the power".:eek:

September 3, 2009, 08:56 PM
I'm with the above crowd, I use 7.5 g. of Unique in both my .44 Mag reduced loads and .45 colt Rugers.

September 4, 2009, 10:18 PM
Im using 6.6grn of W231 under 240grn WC and a Super blackhawk. just over 800 RPM This works in my gun dont know about yours.. My son shoots it he is 12 (cant keep enough loaded for him and me too..

September 4, 2009, 10:25 PM
6grs. of clays under a 180gr cast boolit is very mild & in a super it`ll be like wadcutters in a 6" GP100 or shooting a 22

September 4, 2009, 10:44 PM
I'm using 5 gr. W231 and Lasercast 240 gr. lswc for indoor shooting. I'm using it in two revolvers, a SW 629 (iron sights) and a scoped Ruger Super Redhawk. For reasons I can't explain, the round used with the S&W is signficantly more accurate than the Ruger, shooting both with sandbags.
A little mystery that needs solving.

September 5, 2009, 01:13 PM
Not a powder of your listing, but my pet, (not very mild) target load for a 240gr cast lead SWC bullet is 7.5gr of Bullseye.

As accurate as any load of any caliber I've ever shot but it still lets you know you're shooting a 44.:)

If this is too stout, go to 6gr of Bullseye.

September 6, 2009, 11:36 PM
Thanks Guys,

I think I am going to go with Unique for the cast bullets and 2400 for the jacketed stuff. I might try some H110 also.

Maj Dad
September 7, 2009, 06:12 PM
My standard 250 LSWC load for nigh-on 40 years is 10 gr of Unique for about 1000 fps out of my Super Blackhawk (bought at the Osan Rod & Gun Club in Korea when I was rooting around on the DMZ with 2ID in the early 70s). I am still shooting some of that brass, too - bell minimally, and keep an eye on them for splits. You don't need severe crimps with it, either - just straighten the bell or taper crimp. I size my slugs (RCBS & Lyman 250s) at 429 and 430 and they both do well. I have used 296 with superb results for full power loads with both cast and jacketed slugs - 2400 is a little dirty, though accurate for sure. I have AA9, H110, etc etc, just haven't found anything better than 296 - check the velocities vs pressure on the pantheon of powders, and you'll see.

Getting the itch... may have to head out to the shop... :D
Maj Dad

September 8, 2009, 03:44 PM
Unique is just very hard to beat in mild to mid range loads in 44 Mag, especially with lead bullets. Some gripe about it not being very clean burning, but it "all comes out in the wash", so to speak. It's always easy on a hot summer day at the range to know what a fellow shooter is burning in his guns by looking at his arms. Those that have been there will know what I'm talking about. There are so many good reduced loads in a variety of loading manuals using Unique. You're bound to find one that you like. After all, it ain't named Unique for nothing.

December 4, 2009, 07:50 PM
I hope this isn't too late, but I have begun loading my light loads for my 44 Mag with 6.0gr of Red Dot with a heavy crimp. I love it. Period.

December 5, 2009, 10:13 AM
I go one step further in that the local range limits us to 1000 FPS and to avoid problems I use 44 SPL brass and loads for use there. that will help you from using a full house load by mistake.:cool: That said once fired 44 SPL brass is real cheap and available almost all the time on Gunbroker. I also use hard lead SWC bullets for the scoring aspect when competing in a match.

December 5, 2009, 12:01 PM
I have found that with lead and any caliber tite group works wonders,5.5 grains gives an enjoyable plinking round.

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