44 Mag loads for Ruger 96/44?


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BoilerUP
September 25, 2009, 08:35 AM
I've done a search and didn't run across anything...

Anybody have a load that would work well in a Ruger 96/44 lever carbine?

Readily available powders are Blue Dot, Unique & Bullseye...and bullets are 240gr XTPs.

Thanks!

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Walkalong
September 25, 2009, 09:22 AM
What kind of loads? The Bullseye could be used for light target loads. The Unique will work well for midrange loads, and the Blue Dot will do OK for 80% or so loads.

You need something like AA #9, H-110/W296, N110 etc for full loads in .44 Mag, especially if you want to utilize the longer carbine barrel.

BoilerUP
September 25, 2009, 09:37 AM
Sorry should have clarified...looking to use that 240gr XTP for whitetail at 100yd.

Walkalong
September 25, 2009, 09:55 AM
Yep, you really need a slower powder like one of the ones suggested to get the potential from the caliber. I forgot to mention 2400, which will work well too.

loadedround
September 25, 2009, 10:37 AM
I have been using a Blue Dot load in my 44 Carbine and my two 44 Mag pistols for years now and it has been very successful for me. Load is a Speer240 gr JSP/13.5 gr BD/WLP primers. Not quite a maximum load but comfortable load and cases just drop out of my pistol' s chambers. I use this load since I don't want to stress my 1964 Ruger Carbine. :)

rg1
September 25, 2009, 11:29 PM
In my Winchester Trapper 44 Mag 16" barrel it likes 23-24 grains of Winchester 296 powder. I've used CCI 350 LPM primers plus have tested WLP primers. All Hornady 240 XTP's.
23 grains of 296 with CCI 350 in 16" barrel--average velocity 1680 fps
24 grains---1711 fps
22.5 a mild load---1627fps
don't reduce Win 296 powder very much. I wouldn't go below 22 grains.
Tested with FC, RP, and Win cases.

Ranger J
September 25, 2009, 11:52 PM
I use H110 in my Deerfield and It looks as if the lever gun uses the same barrel with the same twist as the Deerfield so I would go with one from a good manual.

RJ

Kernel
September 26, 2009, 12:37 AM
I like Vihtaviouri N110 in my .44 Mags. Hodgdon’s Lil’Gun is one I’m playing with. It looks promising, and might be just the ticket for a long barrel carbine (vs. a handgun).

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