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.44 Ruger Blackhawk Magnum loads

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Franco2shoot, Dec 26, 2006.

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  1. Franco2shoot

    Franco2shoot Member

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    Santa brought me a Blackhawk Magnum but said I couldn't shoot any of his reindeer, just use it at the local range. I got some hollow point magnums for home defense but heard that for accuracy I ought to shoot lead.

    So just what are the options? I would like to shoot one of each, just to see how the Blackhawk handles. I do have some Snapcappers and I like the feel of the trigger. Seems to be a sixteenth of play as I pull back then it breaks without warning.
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    Thanks for any inputs... Looking for recommendations for following characteristics,
    Biggest bang
    Most accurate
    best homedefense
    Least expensive

    KKKKFL
     

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  2. gandog56

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    Lead semiwadcutters are OK, but I shoot Berry's copper plated 240 grain HP's. Copper deposits leave so much less crud in the barrel than lead. I wish Precision Bullets made 240 grain .44's. Of course if you want to keep up practice for cheap, go with .44 special loads.
     
  3. SoCalShooter

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    That's for me to know and not you!
    If you reload you can shoot lead and make lighter loads which most of the time make the weapon more controlleable.
     
  4. Nightcrawler

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    Careful shooting too many specials in a magnum. You've got to make sure the chambers are cleaned well after each session. If you don't, a ring of crud builds up farther back than it otherwise would, and this can cause a pressure spike. More commonly it makes extraction difficult.

    I just got back from the range, beating myself up with my .44. In the past, I was frustrated by how underpowered all .45 Colt ammo was. Now that I shoot .44, I'm trying to find a lighter load that will make range sessions more enjoyable.

    I'm going to try out Georgia Arms. They have a .44 Magnum 240 grain lead semi-wadcutter at about 1,100 feet per second, as well as a 240 grain full metal jacket at about 1,000 feet per second. Both of those should prove quite mild, especially in a big gun like a Super Blackhawk. Best of all, GA ammo is fairly inexpensive.
     
  5. JP49

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    Nice looking pistol. I've shot cast bullets in my 44's for the last thirty years and never had a problem with leading. If you reload you can tailor your load for whatever purpose you have in mind. I've also used Freechecs when going for the higher velocity loads. It's just a little extra peace of mind. Good luck. JP
     
  6. Franco2shoot

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    best round

    Thanks Nightcrawler,
    I'm gonna ask my local range/gunstore if he can order the Georgia Arms. I'll have him ask for the .44 Magnum 240 grain lead semi-wadcutter.

    Now one last question. The rear sight is adjustable, turn it counter clockwise and it moves up, turn the screw clockwise and the ramp lowers. So if I consistantly shoot low, I should turn the screw counterclock wise and raise the ramp, but any idea what each click is supposed to move the hit point? I know its is range dependant and since there is no mention in the handbook figure it is only a trial and error thing, but with all the knowledge out on this board, somebody is bound to have some idea.

    KKKKFL
     
  7. tomhorn

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    I do keep my B/H 44 mag loaded at home for the do bads i bought some glazers rounds back in the early 80s( I think )thats when I bought them
    I could only get 44 specials made for home defense bad ass rounds I shot a coyote (I had already shot it with my 222) i shot it in the rear legs honchses man you hit a do bad in the chest with these he will be room temp in no time for hunting I use a hard cast 300 gr gas check in and out on a bucks chest never found the bullet for practice anything i have a lot of at the time lol.
     
  8. jinksnyou2

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    One Well Placed Hit Is Worth More Than 6 Missed Ones

    Shoot What You Can Hit With :)
    Practice--Practice--Practice :banghead:
    But Most Of All Have Fun Doing It :neener:
    Nice Gun :cool:
     
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