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.44 Mag light loads

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

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  1. kudu
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    I have been reloading going on 30 years now, but just got a .44 mag. I have two different cast bullets available. One weighs out at 253 grains and is a lead SWC. The other is a lead flat nose with gas check weighing in at 272 grains. I really don't want to push these at magnum velocities, more like a hot .44 special. Have close to 1000 of each.

    Powders on hand in quantity are:
    800X
    SR-4756
    SR-4759
    PB
    Unique
    Bullseye
    H110
    Universal Clays
    SR-7625
    Clays
    Green Dot

    I have 20+ other varieties in one or two pounds lots.

    Any fairly clean burning recommendations on these lead bullets?
     
  2. the count

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    For light loads I use Trail Boss. Not on your list, I know, but something you might like to check out in the future.

    Cartridge: 44 Remington Magnum
    Load Type: Pistol
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    Bullet Weight (Gr.) Manufacturer Powder Bullet Diam. C.O.L. Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure
    240 GR. LSWC CAST IMR Trail Boss .430" 1.620" 6.0 828 19,100 PSI 7.3 917 21,600 PSI
     
  3. wgaynor

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    For light loads, I use Unique and Industrial Pistol Powder
     
  4. zxcvbob

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    Of those, I'd probably use Green Dot.
     
  5. jack44

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    Unique!
     
  6. joed

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    My favorite load for what you want was 7.5 gr of Unique which will move a 250 gr at 950 fps.

    I'm not a fan of Unique any longer though and now prefer Universal because it meters so much better. I now load 7.2 gr of Universal.
     
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    Unique, or Universal Clays.
     
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    My go-to for everything is Red Dot...

    Mainly because I inherited a 'few' pounds, but so far it has not let me down from .38 S&W to light loads in .30-06 and many in between...
     
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    I find 6.0 unique under a 240 gr bullet to be sufficient for plinking both paper and steel.
    Although unique is a bit dirty.
     
  11. Rodfac

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    Personally, I like Win 231 or its equivalent, HP38 for all light to medium loads in the .44's, Special or Magnum, makes no difference. But from the list of your available powders, Bullseye, and Unique would be my first choices. With Unique and .44 Spl brass, 7.5 gr is Skelton's long favored load, by increasing that to 8.0 grains, you'd have a .44 Magnum load of equal velocity. Either will keep 'em where you're pointing in gratifyingly small clusters. That's a 950 fps load for 240 gr lead alloy bullets, BTW. Best Regards, Rod
     
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    I have not had good results with Unique. I have had great results with Trail Boss using the max loading and a 240 grain LSWC.
     
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    Unique and HP-38. Gets my vote
     
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    Best light load powder I have ever tried is Blue Dot, 13.7gr pushing a 240gr XTP is my sister in law's pet load, at 13.7gr you still know you are shooting a high powered handgun but the recoil does not bite at all, a bit less kick and bang then factory loads.
     
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    Would 15.0 grains of 2400 work? That is a heavy .44 Special loading.
     
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    That 250 with 9-10 grs of unique sounds like just the ticket.....
     
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    9gr unique pushes a 240gr lswc out of my 5.5" barrel super Blackhawk at 1000
    Fps.
     
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    I'm down to two 44 mag revolvers, both S&W 29-2s.

    Because of that, my standard load is 7 grains Unique w/240 grain SWC. It's just peppy enough to be fun to shoot but not so stout as to wear on the gun or the shooter.
     
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    10.0gr Unique for 1100-1200fps from a revolver or 1450fps from a rifle.
     
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    "If" you can meter Unique then 10 grains with a 250 SWC works for me.
    (I always have so many problems, I end up weighing every charge)
     
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    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.
     
  22. silicosys4

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    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.
     
  23. Arkansas Paul

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    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.
     
  24. kudu
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    Looks like I might try Universal at about 5-6 grains, if that doesn't feel right Unique might be next to try.
     
  25. 41 Mag

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    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.
     
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