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4198 in 44 Mag

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bluetopper, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I have some IMR-4198 that I want to use up and I want to make some mid-range to 3/4 power 44 Mag loads for my snub nosed 44 Mag revolver. Does anyone know how 4198 takes to being downloaded?
    Filling the case from 75% to 95% load density of 4198 behind a 240gr cast bullet is what I have in mind and trying it out.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  2. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Rifle Data- 44 Magunm.

    I was suprised to find this in the an old 1998 IMR powder guide. IMR 4198-25.5 gr compressed -Rem.240gr sp-.430" dia.-Rem 2 1/2 primer- 1515 fps - 22" rifle bbl.. 1.610" COL-Rem. Case. 26,400 CUP chamber pressure. Not a good powder choice, as you know. But they do list slower burn rates of IMR powders @ very low pressure. IMR 4831 is the slowest, 720 fps. :eek: CAUTION: The following post includes loading data not currently published for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information. :uhoh:
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  3. Steel Horse Rider

    Steel Horse Rider Well-Known Member

    If you use it in a short barreled pistol it is probably going to blow a lot of unburned powder from the barrel which will make it a very dirty shooting session.
  4. Haxby

    Haxby Well-Known Member

    I'd go for 100% load density.
    Let us know how it works. I have some H4198 that I've thought about trying in a 44.
    I think 243winxb meant 26,400 CUP. 4198 should work ok at that pressure.
  5. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I really like the performance of 4198 in a few calibers in my Contender but man, I do not like trying to load it, trying to cut those sticks. I have to help the rotor cut the sticks with my other hand nearly every throw. I have screwed up the necks on more than a few pieces of tapered brass because of trying to use 4198. After you get it loaded it's a wonderful powder but I'm not buying any more.
  6. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    23gr of 4198 is as much as I feel comfortable trying to get in a case. 22gr is slightly compressed and at 23gr you can feel the resistance on the press handle. I'm loading a 240gr SWC bevel base bullet.
    I took a few out just a while ago and torched them off and it seems to be just about the power level I'm looking for in a snub.
  7. john wall

    john wall Well-Known Member

    Like loading 4350 in a 30/30. If you want max speed in a 44 Mag, use Alliant'e 300MP.
  8. Haxby

    Haxby Well-Known Member

    Curious about accuracy.
    And velocity, if you have a chronograph.
    And if you used a magnum primer.
  9. the Black Spot

    the Black Spot Well-Known Member

    I tried it with 240 xtp bullets; but shot them from a rifle. decent accuracy(@ 3" at 100 yds.) As mentioned, not good powder for snub revolver

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