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glockky
July 4, 2011, 10:40 PM
I have reloaded 44 mag for years for my marlin, and love the gun. Today i decided to trade for a 629 6" and was wandering what your guys opinion was for powder and bullets. I always used XTP'S in the rifle but was wanting to look into hard cast bullets for the revolver. I have also read alot on here to stay away from WIN 296 with the lead bullets in the revolver. Some info would help alot and probably save me some money too thanks guys.

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243winxb
July 5, 2011, 07:27 AM
These loads work well in my M29-250gr cast lswc-w296-23.0gr-WLP-Brass-win,rem,fed. Or for a lighter load Alliant Unique 10.0gr. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/images/smilies/castmine.gif http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/th_castbullets.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/?action=view&current=castbullets.jpg) http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/th_IMG_3306B.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/?action=view&current=IMG_3306B.jpg) Click photo for larger view.

Walkalong
July 5, 2011, 07:35 AM
I like AA #9 & N110. 2400 is very popular with cast bullets.

glockky
July 5, 2011, 09:12 AM
whats your guys favorite hard cast boolit manufacture.

gamestalker
July 5, 2011, 10:00 AM
296 and H110 are more appropriate behind a jacketed bullet, such as your XTP. Using it with lead is iffy regarding the heavy leading possible with higher velocity. Lead can build up rather quickly in the forcing cone at velocities normal with those powders.

glockky
July 5, 2011, 12:48 PM
anyone tried mastercast 44 mag boolits

Galil5.56
July 5, 2011, 01:30 PM
anyone tried mastercast 44 mag boolits

.net or .com?... If .net from Enon Valley PA; tons of his 240 grain LSWCs driven by 25 grains of WW296/H110 for 20 years in my M29 .44 Mag. Have used other bullets made by mastercast.com too, they have performed very well, and the prices are very good compared to some of the other casters.

glockky
July 5, 2011, 01:54 PM
.com is what i was talking about but i will check the other thanks.

beeenbag
July 5, 2011, 01:57 PM
.com is what i was talking about but i will check the other thanks.

When I go to www.mastercast.com all I see is decorations and key tags and such. I don't see any bullets on the .com. I think the .net is the bullet manufacturer.

glockky
July 5, 2011, 02:01 PM
They both show the bullets and prices i just checked on it. Same company different sites.

JimKirk
July 5, 2011, 02:09 PM
Hard to beat a good load of W296/H110 behind a 240 gr. XTP!

I like IMR 4227, Unique, 2400 and others under a lead bullet.

Jimmy K

Y-T71
July 5, 2011, 02:45 PM
.net or .com?... If .net from Enon Valley PA; tons of his 240 grain LSWCs driven by 25 grains of WW296/H110 for 20 years in my M29 .44 Mag. Have used other bullets made by mastercast.com too, they have performed very well, and the prices are very good compared to some of the other casters.

I too have launched a ton or two of his 240 gr LSWC from my 629's (it helps that I only live 5 minutes away;)) over the last two decades.

Most of my loads have been with these bullets over light charges of Unique; 6.7 grains for my last batch, no leading, very comfortable and scary accurate, but I might try driving them a little faster next time around.

Galil5.56
July 5, 2011, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Galil5.56 View Post
.net or .com?... If .net from Enon Valley PA; tons of his 240 grain LSWCs driven by 25 grains of WW296/H110 for 20 years in my M29 .44 Mag. Have used other bullets made by mastercast.com too, they have performed very well, and the prices are very good compared to some of the other casters.
I too have launched a ton or two of his 240 gr LSWC from my 629's (it helps that I only live 5 minutes away) over the last two decades.

Most of my loads have been with these bullets over light charges of Unique; 6.7 grains for my last batch, no leading, very comfortable and scary accurate, but I might try driving them a little faster next time around.

We may have rubbed shoulders... I used to live about 15 minutes away on the PA side (near Chippewa), and boy did this fact cost me when I was feeling too lazy to cast my own. I used to drive these 240's to plinker levels too, but my choice of propellant was Red Dot... Scary accurate as well, and a joy to shoot. Never, ever bought anything but first class bullets, be it these 240 grain .44 bullets, .38 cal 148 WC, 158 SWC, or .45 cal 200 SWC, 225 TCFP, or 230 RN. Mike is a great maker, and what a treat it is to be in the shop when everything (casters/sizers/ammo making machines) is runny full tilt!

glockky
July 5, 2011, 08:20 PM
Cool he is sending me some free samples so hopefully i will like em.

Galil5.56
July 5, 2011, 08:47 PM
Cool he is sending me some free samples so hopefully i will like em.

Sounds like mastercast.com... Mike is especially generous with free samples, without the drama, or ill, condescending comments toward potential customers I have read elsewhere... Damn good for his business, and he does not make it seem like a PITA for him.

The other Mike is good too, and when I first met him he asked about any other calibers I loaded aside from the bullets I bought... Yeah, X,X,Z... without me asking, he breaks out the small brown kraft boxes, and adds handfuls of different bullets to try. Cost him a buck or two, made him $$$$$$ over 20 years of my business.

Eb1
July 6, 2011, 12:36 AM
I recently had really good results with 2400 and a 240 grain XTP out of a 5.5" SBH.
I also get good results with IMR 4227 and the 240 grain LSWC from MO Cast Bullet Co. from the same gun.

Using 270 grain Speer FN and 2400 gets good results. I haven't bought any H110 or W296 yet. I still have to many other .44 Mag powders to shoot up. One other thing I use Trail Boss and Unique as well in the .44 Magnum.

grubbylabs
July 7, 2011, 08:27 AM
In my 329 PD is shoot a 240 grain LSWC and a 270 grain LRFP.

On the 240 grain I use Hornady data.
I load 5.7 grains Unique Starting load I think)
WLP or CCI350 Primer
Remington case.
This bullet I cast from a Lee mold
This load shoots just under 800 FPS out of my gun, and is very light and pleasant to shoot even in that light of a gun.

For big critters with more claws and teeth than fur. For this bullet I use Speer data.
270 grain LRFP
19 grains of 296
CCI350 Primer
Remington case
Cast from a Ranch Dog 265 grain mold made by Lee.(lube and gas check bring bullet up to 270 grains.)
This load shoots about 1,100 FPS and is very manageable in my 329PD

Both bullets are a tumble lube design.

If you really want to drive a Lead bullet to any speed, you need to slug your cylinder and barrel and order the appropriate size. Leading happens because gas escapes around the bullet base and starts deteriorating the bullet from the sides.

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