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hard cast 44 bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by donny640, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. donny640

    donny640 Well-Known Member

    Do I use the load data for lead bullets? The bullet is a 44 swc 215 grain,the metal seems really hard. the name of the bullets on the boxes are Griers Hard Cast LA Grande, Oregon. Found a load in my modern reloading book for a 215 grain lead bullet Accurate #5 13.3 to 14.8 gr.

    I will be shooting these out of a Ruger Redhawk 7 1/2 inch barrel.

  2. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    Size is just if not more important than hardness.

    Just too many variables to say really , but most "hard cast" runs around 11-14 bhn & will work well with mid range loadings .

    See if they fit the throats of the cyl, if they do they will probably be ok until they start strippin.

    They should be very snug to not able to push thru .
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Lead bullets is lead bullets, as long as the weight, shape, and drivings bands are the same as the one in the data.

    Changes in shape or number of driving bands / grease grooves changes the amount of bore friction.

    Hardness doesn't have nearly as much effect.

  4. donny640

    donny640 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies just making sure that I didnt make any mistakes because I dont want to lose any fingers this year haha

    Hopfully none next year either.
  5. 98Redline

    98Redline Well-Known Member

    And just a reminder, start at the low end and work up. Look for pressure signs as you increase the charge weight.
  6. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member


    How `bout last year ?????
  7. donny640

    donny640 Well-Known Member

    No accidents here my father in law told me no shortcuts. He mention a couple times that he had been reloading for 50 years and still had all his fingers. I set up the reloading again after 18 years, find myself double checking everything.
  8. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    Again make sure that the data you use is meant for that design of bullet. I used data from one bullet since it was similar but I still had excessive pressure. So make sure that the profile driving bands every thing is the same.

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