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.44mag load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by equalizer, May 4, 2008.

  1. equalizer

    equalizer Well-Known Member

    I caught myself making a mistake while loading a 245gr. #2 alloy Keith style Lyman bullet. Instead of using 20.6gr. of 2400 I used 26.0gr. Question is should I pull the bullet or shoot. I have a Ruger SuperBlackhawk Hunter. Thanks.:banghead:
  2. Jacka L Ope

    Jacka L Ope Well-Known Member

    Same bullet I cast for my Ruger NM Super Blackhawk. [​IMG]

    Lyman's reloading handbook lists the starting load for 2400 as 19.4 grains, maximum load 23.4 grains.

    Myself, I'd rather not tempt fate and vote for pulling it. Better to be safe than sorry. ;)
  3. Bula

    Bula Well-Known Member

    Pull them, for sure. The effort will be well worth it when both hands are still intact. 2400 at that level a load with that weight bullet sounds pretty unpredictable to me. I cast the 429421, load and shoot that same powder through my rugers and I'd never consider shooting 26 gr's, or letting anyone near me shoot it. Pulling bullets is a total PITA but ALWAYS worth the effort-at least in the peace of mind dept.
  4. wcwhitey

    wcwhitey Well-Known Member

    Way tooooo heavy, pull em! Never needed go over 21 grains (sweet spot) with the 429421. Not worth taking the chance. Bill
  5. ricciardelli

    ricciardelli Active Member

    Pull 'em ... they are even more than MY max load!
  6. Ben Shepherd

    Ben Shepherd Well-Known Member

    I've shot many pounds of 2400 under a 245-255 Kieth in 44 mag over the years. My advice:

    That charge you have is just asking for a blown up gun.
  7. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Well-Known Member

    Pull them.

    But... If you go against all the advice and shoot them anyway, will you post before and after pictures of the revolver?
  8. equalizer

    equalizer Well-Known Member

    I'm pulling them, thanks for the replies. I likes me fingers.
  9. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    Pressure change vs. powder charge is not linear. In other words, a 10%increase in powder can result in much more than 10% more pressure, especially when approaching range limits.

    Here is an interesting study, if anyone cares to read and try to understand what is going on:

    Make a note of Fig 2.
  10. cmidkiff

    cmidkiff Well-Known Member

    Glad you made the safe decision...

    I'd not shoot that from a super blackhawk, much less my 29-2!

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