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44 mag load for revolver AND carbine

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MovedWest, Aug 4, 2010.

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  1. MovedWest

    MovedWest Member

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    I have multiple Ruger Super Blackhawks and am the proud owner of a brand new Winchester 1892 Short Rifle in 44 magnum. I guess you could say I'm in a rut (at least my FFL says so :rolleyes:).

    I have my favorite loads for my SBH's, but I'm looking for something that can move between the SBH and the '92 nearly interchangeably. I've heard 210-220gr bullets are good for this with 2400 and 296.

    I know there are a few of you on here who have experience loading for both. Are you willing to share your favorite loads? :)

    -MW
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    When I still had a .44 carbine, the only difference was I would test loads in both guns looking for one that shot well in both. Absolutely no reason to have one load for each. The load that gives the most velocity in the pistol will do so in the rifle as well 99% of the time, depending on the powder. IMR4227 does not fair as well in the pistol as it does the rifle.

    AA #9 & N110 are my .44 Mag powder choices. Lil' Gun can give some impressive velocities though.
     
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    Just test your favorite sixgun loads in the rifle. No need for scorching velocity, just find what shoots best. My every day working load is a commerical 240gr SWC over 10.0gr Unique for 1100fps in sixguns and 1450fps in rifles. For jacketed loads I like the 240gr and 270gr Gold Dots.
     
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    My girlscout load for both is 14 gr AA#7, with lead 180.

    Full boat load is ~28 gr W296 and a jacketed 180. That does 2200 fps in my Marlin Cowboy.
     
  5. MovedWest

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    :what:

    Good lord, man! What would the transferred energy be on that?! I think I might sell my AR and pickup another '92. Wow!

    Is that compressed?

    -MW
     
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    I load the Lee RNFP, drops at 212grains lubed. 8.5-10g of Unique works great for woods bumming. Also, I sure was happy to find out that the Lyman 429421 (20g of 2400)also feeds and shoots great in a my Marlin lever. I also cast/load the Lee 310 RNFP (21g of W296) for the real heavies in both the SBH and the 1894, but sadly, I can't get them to feed in the lever. I love the versatility of having one load that'll work in either pistol, or lever. The .44 mag definately fits that bill nicely.
     
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    Has anyone had luck with the Winchester 210gr STHP's in the tubular magazine? If so, do they perform very well? I really like 'em in my SBH's.

    -MW
     
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    I shoot 23 gr of H110/W296 under a 240 JHP outta my PC629 and my 77/44 at the range. For hunting deer, I bump it up half a grain and switch over to JSPs. This load shoots very well outta both. Very accurate and not abusive.
     
  9. MovedWest

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    Walkalong - did you mean H110?
     
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    MovedWest, I can't really help you with .44 Mag load data even though I have a S&W 629, but I just wanted to add that I like your approach. I've done the same thing for my .45 Colt Marlin and Ruger Blackhawk, Redhawk and Super Redhawk revolvers. I plan on doing the same thing for my .357 Marlin and a pair of GP100s. Since the '94s are more accurate out to 150 yards plus, I work up the best load for them and take whatever I can get from the revolvers. If the load groups at 2" or 4" at 25 yards I could care less. As long as it's accurate in the Marlins and capable of combat accuracy (8" plate at 25 yards) in the revolvers then I'm happy.

    Carry on!!

    :)
     
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    I have Ruger 44 carbine with a 444 Marlin barrel, with the chamber cut back to 44 mag.

    The 240 gr JHP 24 gr H110 load is very accurate, but with roll crimps into the canalure, not jammed into the lands. This is a different accuracy strategy than bottle necked cartridges.
     
  12. MovedWest

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    Does anyone have any experience as to which bullets hold up better than others in the tubular magazine?

    -MW
     
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