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38colt and 44 colt reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ChasMack, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. ChasMack

    ChasMack Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Is there more info on these bullets somewhere? I found some but it is scant. I thought I read where 44special can be used in a 44colt..what is the difference between the two? Same question for 38 colt...38spl. I wonder what the difference is between these two? From what I have read it's like the difference between 38spl and 357...with 38colt being the same but shorter....true?? I want to reload these and would like more info....thanks in advance!!
  2. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Elder

    Jan 27, 2006
    West Tennessee
    I've been handloading and shooting the .44Colt for several years now. Originally, it was conceived as the largest metallic cartridge that would physically fit in the platform. It was loaded with a heeled, hollow-based bullet to swell up in a percussion .44's .45 caliber bore. Modern .44Colt, which is what I assume you're asking about based on past discussions, is basically a slightly shorter .44Spl with a smaller rim. It uses the same .430" cast bullets as the .44Spl and Mag. I use Titegroup exclusively with a 200gr cast RNFP, 240gr cast SWC or 240gr swaged Hornady SWC-HP.

    You can shoot .44Colt in any .44Spl or .44Mag sixgun. However, your .44Colt might not be. I have two Cimarron .44Colts, an 1871-1872 Open Top and a Richards Type II 1860 cartridge conversion. Both are marked "CAL. .44 COLT". The Open Top has proper .44Colt chambers but the 1860 has .44Spl chambers.

    I got my loading data from John Taffin's writings, Hodgdon and I believe LoadData.com.

    Far as I know, everything above also applies to the modern .38Colt.

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