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.44 Mag light loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kudu, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Eb1

    Eb1 Well-Known Member

    Hondo nailed it. I have about given up on Unique. It just doesn't do well with my Dillon. It isn't bad with the Lee powder measure, and Trail Boss is about dead on with the Lee measure.

    For loads such as this I think using dippers or a cut case with a soldered handle is just as accurate of quicker than any other method of weighing out the charge.
    I still use Unique for 9mm until I run out of it, but I use a self made dipper from a cut down 9mm case.
  2. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    I use Unique for light .44 magnum loads, I think I just loaded 5.5 grains of Unique in .44 spcl cases for about 700fps, shot pretty well, very light recoil....
    I go to 7.5 gr. Unique in .44 magnum brass and get just a little more velocity out of them.
    I guess I'm lucky in that my LnL powder throw has no problems with unique now that I dialed it in.
  3. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    Well, 8.5 grains of Unique and a 250 grain bullet is the cat's meow for .45 Colt. Don't know why it would be any different for .44 mag. Would prolly do the trick just fine.
  4. kudu

    kudu Well-Known Member

    Looks like I might try Universal at about 5-6 grains, if that doesn't feel right Unique might be next to try.
  5. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    If you have any Accurate 5,7, or 9, those have really been turning in some great groups for my friend and I and the load spread for each is pretty decent too. He is REALLY liking the AA-5 under the 240'ish grain loads and I prefer the 7 and 9 under mine in both 240'ish and 300'ish grain loads.
  6. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I don't have any trouble metering Unique. It throws 1+/- for me.
  7. CSA

    CSA New Member

    I am no expert but I reload a hornady 300 grain XTP loaded with 15 and 1/2 grains ofHogdon LIL'Gun shotgun powder.

    I found this recipe in the reloading handbook. They suggest 17 grains but i wanted a little lighter load because i was shooting a 5.5 barrel on a Vaquero. I dont have a velocity rating for you. But I can tell you this for certain.

    The round is hitting just as well as 240 gr factory load hollow points and does just as much damage to a watermelon stuck on a 2x4 wrapped tightly with saran wrap. This is what i use to test rounds.

    I have less recoil but i seem to be getting great accuracy and much more trauma to the target at 50 yards havent shot it at 75 yards yet but plan too soon.

    If anyone else tries this loadout please let me know your thoughts
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013
  8. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member


    Bummer. I though I'd find some good ".44 Mag light loads", instead all I got was a of a bunch of hot .44 Spl loads.
  9. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    I'd say read more closely :D
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    PB, Unique, Bullseye, Universal, & Green dot should work.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013
  11. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    Oh, I think a number of those would be good for "light loads". Bullseye comes to mind.
  12. Mr.Revolverguy

    Mr.Revolverguy Well-Known Member

  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep, I had a brain cramp :eek:

    but I fixed it. :)
  14. kudu

    kudu Well-Known Member

    When I get done with my .38 Specials and .357's I am going to start with the .44's with 6 grains of universal behind the 250 grain cast bullets I have. Load a few and chrono them to see what I am getting. It might be a while before I get to the .44's. I have about 1500 of the .38's and about 1000+ of the .357's. I only load a couple hours a week when I get a chance between all my other responsibilities.
  15. Lj1941

    Lj1941 Well-Known Member

    Red Dot

    Red Dot works fine for me in 45ACP & 38 Special target loads.I have loaded some 44 Mag loads with 6 grains behind a 240 LSWC that I have not yet tried.Based on it's performace previously, I expect this load with Red Dot to be mild and accurate in my sons 71/2 inch Super Blackhawk.Bullseye from your list should work equally well.:evil:
  16. RealGun

    RealGun Well-Known Member

    I can vouch for this after test firing my 9.5 g Unique and 240 Magtech SJSP. It was much more gentlemanly than the commercial REAL .44 Magnum that I shot afterward.
  17. MAG-63

    MAG-63 Well-Known Member

    10gr of Unique under a 240g LSWC. Nice, comfortable load.
  18. jack44

    jack44 Well-Known Member

    I use unique for all the light 44 loads and 45/70 loads.

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