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.44 Magnum...Plated Bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by VonFatman, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. VonFatman

    VonFatman Well-Known Member

    I have a box (500) of Rainier 240gr. HP (plated) bullets.
    On the shelf I have:

    Blue Dot, Tight Group & 231.

    I contacted Rainier, the man said to reduce the top-end loads offered in the manuals for JHP of JSP by 10% to find the Rainier top-end load...thus in theory I'd begin 20% below published "top end" and work up a max. of 10%.


    Would anyone have loads they would recommend? I'd sure appreciate any ideas.

  2. larryw

    larryw Well-Known Member

    11 gr of Blue Dot was a good load for 240gr FP plated bullets for me (both pistol and lever gun). About 5 or 6 gr or 231 should also be a fun light (Special) load.

    Don't run those plated bullets too hot or you'll peel the plating off like a banana skin.
  3. VonFatman

    VonFatman Well-Known Member

    Thanks Larry!
    I'll give that load a try if I can manage to get converted over this evening.
    I go pretty slow.

    It's great to get a suggestion from someone who has actual experience with the bullets.

  4. Black Snowman

    Black Snowman Well-Known Member

    Those are the same bullets I used to load up those target loads for you. I used 2400 for a powder but ~11 gr of Blue Dot should be dandy. Should make them about the same velocity as the 2nd batch I gave ya.

    Happy loading :)
  5. VonFatman

    VonFatman Well-Known Member

    Thanks B.S. (did you plan on these initials?)
    I appreciate the help the other day with the dies...
    Another friend came buy and got me "figured out"...
    It WAS operator error!


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