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.44 Mag load question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CustomGunworks, Jun 27, 2007.

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  1. CustomGunworks

    CustomGunworks Member

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    HI how's it going ?
    I've been reading some of the latest 44mag threads and none of them have quite answered my question. So here it is.
    I have a Ruger Super Redhawk with a 9 1/2in barrel that I play around with Hunting, plinking etc. And i've been loading hornady 200 gr. hp/xtp's with 26 gr's of Hodgon's H110 and I have a lot of flame (2 to 2 1/2 feet).
    Is this ok ? Should I chance powder, Bullet? Or just leave it ?

    Also I've tried to chrono these loads and every time nothing. It's like the muzzle blast screws up the first sky screen.:banghead:

    Any thoughts on that ?
     
  2. bltmonty

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    Are you getting a good crimp on the bullet? Sometimes, if you don't get a good crimp, the bullet pull won't be strong enough to get all the powder igniting. You do need to get the chrono working. Maybe place it 10 or so feet away. Then work up loads to 26 grains slowly checking fps. If your fps begins to level offer before you reach 26 grains, you are not burning all the powder.

    good luck

    Barry
     
  3. Steve in PA

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    I haven't checked my books, but I load 24gr H110 and 240gr HP-XTP's along with 20gr H110 and 300gr HP-XTP's. Been using these loads for years.

    All guns flame, what time of day are you shooting, middle of the day, dim light??
     
  4. GCW5

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    You might try switching to H4227 powder, I use 26 gr with 200 gr XTP's, lots of flame, but not as much as the H110.

    You might also try moving away from your chronograph more, I normally stay back about 12 to 15 feet, never had a problem (yet).

    Good luck.
     
  5. PsychoKnight

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    I had bad luck with H110. H4227 was okay. 800X was fun, must be hand-metered. W296 worked best for me.
     
  6. Hawk

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    I've been fiddling with H110 .357 rounds and bought a chrono just to celebrate the enterprise.

    Last weekend saw my 157 grain XTPs match factory Remington 180 grain loads in velocity but exceed them in muzzle flash and crud by at least an order of magnitude.

    Good fun.

    H110 evidently has a lot of muzzle flash. I had no pressure signs and the next lot will move to Lyman max. I'm new to "working up loads" but I gather muzzle flash with H110 is just par for the course.

    Truth be told, I rather like it.
     
  7. RB98SS

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    Try 29 grs of H110 and a 180, there's some flash. I have a .44 Desert Eagle and all but the 300 gr bullets have considerable muzzle flash with H110. Blue Dot also has flash but considerably less than H110 and will not chamber the 300 grs even at max load. The Eagle has to be loaded somewhat hot to chamber correctly so I load accordingly. N110, AA#9, and 2400 appear to have no, or very little flash; at least from my pistol.
     
  8. RB98SS

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    Psycho,

    I heard H110 and 296 are loaded out of the same lot. They are the same powder.
     
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