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Favorite Lead 44 magnum loads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 7075-T7, May 8, 2012.

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  1. 7075-T7

    7075-T7 Member

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    Well, I just ordered 1000 240gr SWC bullets from SNS casting. This is my first excursion into lead bullets for the 44 magnum, and the loads I've been seeing vary wildly from some sub 800 loads to 1400fps loads. Trying to save a little cash over jacketed and see if I like the lead world enough to think about casting.

    Listed alloy is 92% lead 6% antimony and 2% tin with a BHN of about 17. I have the following powders to pull from: H110, 2400, BlueDot, 800X, Unique, Titegroup

    Anyone have a favorte low, mid, or full magnum load for the 240 SWC?
     
  2. MichaelK

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    I use Blue Dot, with the maximum load listed in Lyman's 49th edition manual for their 429421 SWC.
     
  3. Asherdan

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    10g of Unique is a smooth medium load for me and kind of a classic load to boot. For magnum I prefer 20.5g of 2400. Standard LP primers and 1.61 COAL for both.

    Use best practices in working them up in your gun.
     
  4. 56hawk

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    I use 24.5 grains of H110. It's about as hot as I'm willing to shoot in my mountain gun.
     
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    20gn 2400 w/240gn MBC SWC

    11gn Unique was cleaner burn/no lead than 10gn with same bullet for me

    both with std CCCI LPP
     
  6. Gooseman

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    The Lyman 429421 W/10 grains of Unique is my favorite lower end load. My dad used to load that bullet with 6 grains of Bullseye.
     
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    18 gr of Blue Dot under a 300 gr XTP
     
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    For a moderate load 10 gr of unique is nice with the 240 gr lead SWC
    My fav light load is 7 gr of Trail Boss over the Keith 240 gr SWC super sweet shooting.
     
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    240 LSWC
    9.0-9.5 Titegroup
    Good high-medium load.
     
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    16.5 of 2400 with cast bullet
     
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    Universal clays and Red Dot have done well for me. I save the 2400 for hot loads in jacketed bullets
     
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    This load works well for me too. That bullet from the Lyman mold is the only bullet I have used in my 44 Mag. Makes a fun plinking round.
     
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    I use Unique, Blue Dot, and 2400, for general loads for lead bullets in my .44 Magnums. FWIW; before you shoot lead bullets in your gun, you should measure the groove diameter and/or the cylinder throat diameter of your gun. Lead bullets are best if sized (or purchased) the same size as the cylinder throats and larger than the groove diameter. My Ruger (and Dan Wesson) has cylinder throats of .431" so I shoot .431" bullets and get no leading. My Contender has a groove diameter of .429" so I shoot .430" or .431" bullrts in it, no leading. Too small lead bullets in any gun, regardless of BHN hardness, will lead the barrel...
     
  14. 7075-T7

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    Thanks all for the loads, now I have something to go from! :)

    One thing that continues to confound me is if you can go below minimums with fast-er powders (Unique, Titegroup, 800X). I know the dangers of underloading H110, but haven't heard much in the way of underloading faster powders.

    The cyl throat diameters in my 629 will allow a .429"-.4295" jacketed round through with moderate/moderate-high thumb pressure, all 6 cyl react the same, and I bought .430" bullets.
     
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    .430" otta work. I just loaded some 250 gr. .432" lead bullets up with 19.5 gr. 2400, standard primers and a stout crimp. Should be a medium magnum load. I'll try it in my Ruger SBH, but it's primarily for my .44 Puma...

    Problems with going too much below listed starting loads is erratic burning, dirty incomplete burning, and possible squibs. Many powders like to be loaded on the upward side of their pressure range for good even ignition/burn.
     
  16. blarby

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    my 44ss4 just joined the " I like 10grs of unique and a 240g cast bullet" club today....holy crap is that accurate.
     
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    11.1 gr. 800X with a cast 240gr swc does around 1100fps out of a 4inch revolver. Well under max but exactly right for my mountain gun IMO.
     
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    9 or 10 grains of Unique for a very pleasant and accurate load to plink with. 18 grains of 2400 for a more magnum-like load to work your way up to 20 grains of 2400 which has all the snort and beller I need from the round. It also is very accurate. 15 grains of Blue Dot shoots to the same point of aim for me and has become my 'tweener load... not too hot, but enough spunk to call it a magnum. H110 was always a little erratic for me in my Rugers, but that's probably just me. Gots no experience with the other powders.
    Have fun. .44 Maggie with cast bullets is a very versatile toy. With .430 diameter that harder alloy should work out okay in your gun. Casting your own you could go to a considerably softer alloy.

    mike
     
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    240gr. lead gas check, 7.5gr. Red Dot
    And watch for high primers, right blarby?
     
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    Yes, high primers cause function issues, i've heard :D
     
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    With Unique and Lead bullets you can reduce your loads, i.e. load them with 44 Special charges plus .3gr
    Note: if you use 44 Magnum cases with their larger capacity, increase the 44 Special Unique charges by .3gr to compensate for the larger case volume.
    Based off Lyman 49th, you could load down to 6.1gr (5.8 + 0.3) with a 240gr LSWC.
     
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    +1 on the 10 grains of Unique, it's a great load.
     
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    I have yet to run into one that wasn't in that club. I mean if aa 44 won't group with 10.0 of Unique and a 240 LSWC there's something wrong with the gun.
     
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    For punching paper, I like a 240 LSWC over 8.0 Unique.
     
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    For hunting I have always used 19.5 gr of 2400 under a hard cast 240 LSWC.
    Looking for a paper punching range load I'd tried many reduced loads over the years.
    Recently loaded some 180 grain flat point "cowboy" bullets over 6.5 gr of Green Dot.
    Only made 10 of them to test.
    Holy cow! Drilled out the X-ring with my 4" Model 29.
     
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