June 13, 2004, 01:36 PM
I picked up a few boxes of Miwall 240 LSWC in .44spec (they were all out of .44mag). I read a little about the specials etching the inside of the cylinders and burn rings. If I only shot 150 of these I shouldn't expect any problems, right?
June 13, 2004, 01:50 PM
Don't see why there would be a problem. People shoot .44 special in mag guns all the time.
June 13, 2004, 02:50 PM
You can always shoot a few rounds of jacketed .44mag thru it after a session of wadcutters, That should help to "clean" any lead build up. But clean the cylinder and bore anyway after a range outing.
June 13, 2004, 03:46 PM
To actually erode the chamber mouths would not only take an immense amount of shooting, but an almost inconceivable amount of neglect. What can happen is that buildup from powder, bullet lube, etc. can prevent a Magnum round from chambering. Normal gun cleaning procedures will take care of that. The .44 Spl. will probably shoot to a different point of aim than the Magnum, but since the vast majority of these revolvers have adjustable sights, adjustment will take care of that. Some individual guns may experience a slight loss of accuracy, others will not.
June 13, 2004, 04:43 PM
I agree with Mr. Bondrock. Same as shooting 38 Specials in a 357 magnum revolver.
June 13, 2004, 10:51 PM
CAS shooters often use 44 Russian in 44 Magnum revolvers. Myself included. Normal cleaning is all that is required. (A POA/POI might need adjustment.)
June 13, 2004, 11:00 PM
George S mentions shooting jacket to clear lead. I know I am a bit paranoid about this and some don't agree but ........
Consider ...... your grooves and lands after a ''lead session'' will almost for sure be carrying a ''fillet'' of lead deposition ... may not be much but ..... send a full house jacket 44 mag down is IMO asking to raise pressures .. tho in a revo less of a prob than might be found in auto's.
That jacketed slug has to potentially displace that lead .. which is an obstruction of sorts . yeah? I honestly prefer to shoot my jackets forst - then lead .... and finish after the shoot with a Lewis or Hoppes deleader and a proper clean.
This ''jacket after lead'' deal is I think at its worst in 9mm .. a high pressure round anyways. Only my opinion of course.
June 14, 2004, 11:08 AM
P95Carry: I totally agree. I also worry about possible bulged barrel. Although I know plenty of people who practice this "clear the lead with a follow up jacketed" it's not for me.
June 15, 2004, 02:27 AM
A tip I was taught long ago.
To get the best accuracy out of your lead bullet loads the barrel needs to be completely free of jacket fouling.
June 15, 2004, 05:09 AM
Unless you trying to break velocity records with lead bullets lead fouling should be minimal. If you have enough lead build-up to increase pressure with jacketed loads you're already creating high pressures with lead loads too.
When I'm shooting out at "The Pit" I often fire 100 or more .44 special lead loads and then shoot some drills with jacketed loads. Both .44 Special and .44 Magnum. I have never noticed any difference in performance. I shoot a LOT of Miwall ammo in .44 both jacketed and lead. Everything from .44 Cowboy loads to JHP. The Miwall people LOVE to see me coming.
It seems that most of the dirt in my barrels is powder fouling anyway.
When it comes to cleaning I really can't tell any difference if I shoot jacketed loads first or last.
So go ahead and shoot all of the .44 Specials you want.