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44 mag

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by glockky, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    W296 with Cast Bullets in 44 Rem. Mag.

    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. [​IMG] [​IMG][/URL][/IMG] [​IMG][/URL][/IMG] Click photo for larger view.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I like AA #9 & N110. 2400 is very popular with cast bullets.
  4. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    whats your guys favorite hard cast boolit manufacture.
  5. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    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.
  6. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    anyone tried mastercast 44 mag boolits
  7. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Well-Known Member

    .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.
  8. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    .com is what i was talking about but i will check the other thanks.
  9. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    They both show the bullets and prices i just checked on it. Same company different sites.
  11. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    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
  12. Y-T71

    Y-T71 Active Member

    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.
  13. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Well-Known Member

    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!
  14. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    Cool he is sending me some free samples so hopefully i will like em.
  15. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Eb1

    Eb1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    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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