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Best cast bullets for Marlin 44Mag. rifle

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by brutus51, May 16, 2020.

  1. brutus51

    brutus51 Member

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    Title says it all, would prefer a 240gr.bullet in a semi-wadcutter design.
    All the Keith style revolver bullets I've tried have had feed issues.
     
  2. Charlie98

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    Loaded OAL is an issue. I loaded some true Keith bullets in my .41 Marlin, and they were just a hair too long to cycle properly... vs the standard commercial psudo-Keith bullets that work 100% I also use some heavy Cast Performance bullets... with a wide, flat nose... they also cycle 100% so it's not necessarily the bullet nose profile, but they are shorter than even my standard 215grn SWC bullets I load.

    There are also some ways to clean up the Marlin to feed better.
     
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    The minimum groove spec for 44RemMag rifle is .431". My 1894 barrel slugged .4315".

    .432" cast bullets produces the best accuracy out of my gun.

    gtbullets.com has a large selection of 44 cal bullets and they will size them to the correct diameter for 44mag rifle.
     
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  5. Charlie98

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    As opposed to load data, I think the OP is asking more about a bullet that will feed well, not necessarily ballistics.... or at least that's what I'm reading.
     
  6. Charlie98

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    Here is what I'm talking about in my first post above...

    These are 220grn true Keith style bullets. Note the longer ogive. Those did not feed well in my Marlin... I had to 'muzzle up' the rifle, and give the lever a little love jiggle to get them back far enough on the carrier to get them to cycle into the chamber.

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    These are my standard commercial 215grn SWC bullets (although they wrongfully call them 'Keith' bullets.)

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    The shorter bullets cycle in my Marlin 100% They have an OAL of 1.585" only .005" shorter than max OAL, but they cycle reliably. I didn't measure the 220's I had, but I'm sure they exceeded max OAL... and that's what I get for not checking beforehand. It is my suggestion you experiment with different bullets and seating depth, making sure you don't exceed max OAL, at least in the Marlin.


    EDIT: This is for my .41 Marlin, but the OAL measurements are the same with the .44MAG, too.
     

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  7. hossfly

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    I can speak for my own. The oregon trail .431 swc feeds just fine and shoots acceptably for plinking. I plink with 44 specials and light magnums with this bullet and it shoot plenty well enough to have fun with.
     
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    The only lead I've ran in my Henry Big Boy are Missouri's Hi-tek coated Cowboy #3 over 8.5g of Unique in mag brass...they feed and shoot perfectly.
     
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