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Need data for 44 Special load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gazzmann, Jan 25, 2010.

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  1. gazzmann

    gazzmann Member

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    44 Special:
    Have; Bullseye, Unique, 2400, Red Dot, Herco,HS6, HP-38, Longshot Universal, & Clays Powders in stock.
    Loading:
    Speer 200 grain jacketed Hollow points to use up.
    OAL would be helpful also.
    I can find data for 240 grain but 200 has been rough.

    Thanks in advance.
    Gazzmann
     
  2. joneb

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    Since you didn't specify that these bullets are the Gold Dot hollow points, I'm assuming they're the older Mag-JHP (part# 4425). Speer #12 says they should be loaded to a COL of 1.460" in the .44 Special, with the following min-max powder charges (3" Taurus test gun):

    Powder ...... Min ..... Vel ......... Max ..... Vel
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    Unique ..... 7.4gr .... 792 ........ 8.2gr .... 898
    HS-6* ...... 9.0gr .... 754 ....... 10.0gr ... 866
    Bullseye ... 5.6gr .... 772 ........ 6.3gr .... 842
    2400* ..... 11.4gr ... 710 ....... 12.4gr .... 797

    * = magnum primer

    Have fun and be safe!
     
  5. Walkalong

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    I have found 700X to be very accurate in .44 Spl with lead. It also works well with jacketed. I really like the 200 to 215 Gr bullets in .44 Spl. Since you have Unique I would try it. It should work very well.
     
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    Unique works so well in the 44 Spl and 45 LC, both of which are low pressure big case cartridges, that I have not seen a reason to change. I have tried Bullseye, AA#5, W231, and they all work well, but Unique is still my first choice.

    I was able to purchase a bunch of 200 grain lead bullets. The nominal weight was 200, but when I weighed a few they turned out to be closer to 205 grains.

    When I used Hercules data and tried pushing them at load of 9.0 grs Unique, I got horrible leading.

    For my practice loads, I finally settled on a load of 205 L, 6.0 grains Unique. This load shoots to point of impact in my Taurus and only lightly leads.

    You can push a JHP much faster and it will shoot well.


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     [SIZE="3"][B]6.5" M24 [/B]				
    					
    205 LSWC 4.5 grs Bullseye CCI 500  W/W cases		
    				T = 55°F	15-Nov-98
    Ave Vel =	765				
    Std Dev =	16				
    ES =	43				
    Low = 	743				
    High = 	786				
    N =	6				
    
    Accurate, mild recoil. 
    					
    205 LSWC   9. 0 grain Unique little dandy R17 lot UN 331 Fed primers	
    			 	T ≈  75  ° F	6-May-90
    Ave Vel =	1260				
    Std Dev =	16				 
    ES =	52				 
    Low = 	1236				  
    High = 	1288				 
    N =	6				
    
    Heavy leading. 
    
    [B]Taurus M431 3" Barrel[/B]			
    					
    205 LSWC 6.0 grs Unique  thrown, Midway Brass WLP		
    				T = 54 °F	11-Dec-04
    Ave Vel =	789.6				
    Std Dev =	27.18				
    ES =	96.54		 		
    Low = 	724.1				
    High = 	820.6				
    N =	30				
    		Accurate, shoots point of aim Light leading
    					
    				
    					
    205 LSWC 7.0 grs Unique  thrown, Midway Brass WLP		
    				T = 57 °F	25-Nov-04
    Ave Vel =	906				 
    Std Dev =	16				 
    ES =	56				 
    Low = 	876				 
    High = 	932				
    N =	15	 	 	 	
    
    More leading.[/SIZE] 
     
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    Try Stevespages.com ,he has a whole bunch
     
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