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preferred powder for 44 magnum reloads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by td48604, Aug 13, 2009.

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  1. td48604

    td48604 Member

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    I would like to know what some general preferences are for a brand and specific powders for reloading .44 magnum.
    I have been reloading 240 Hornady XTP's but stepped up to 300 grain XTP's. I have been using Winchester 296 powder up until now. My main use is plinking, but I may use it to hunt with it later on. I had some really bad problems with the Lee Auto Disk Powder Measure and my 296, but that's another post.
    Not looking to get "hot" loads, just good overall accurate loads. The one thing I like about the Win 296 is that it is "forgiving" as far as the range from minimum to maximum loads are concerned. With the measure I had, it was a real problem.

    Thanks
     
  2. LeonCarr

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    W296 is one of the all time greats for the .44 Magnum, and usually flows wonderfully in powder measures.

    I would get a new powder measure and keep using the 296.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  3. Walkalong

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    W-296 works just fine in .44 Mag. It likes a heavy crimp.

    My choice over the last few years has been AA #9, but I loaded some 240 Gr bullets with both AA #9 & Lil' Gun a couple of nights ago to give Lil' Gun a try.

    Lil' Gun is reputed to work quite well with heavy bullets in .357 and .44 Mag. Next I am going to give it a try with some 270 Gr Gold Dots I have. It should be worth a try with 300 Grainers.

    Step up to an RCBS, Hornady or redding measure with a micrometer insert. You won't be sorry.

    Welcome to THR.
     
  4. 243winxb

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    296 has to be loaded to near maximum powder charges. Never reduce the maximum powder charge more than 3%. 300 grain XTP's. on Hodgdons site show 19.0gr maximum.
     
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    I too would just buy another powder measure and keep using the 296. I would use the loads listed by Hornady for their XTP bullets.

    The 6th Edition Hornady manual lists a load range starting at 16.8 - 19.9 max using the 300XTP and 296 for the 44 Mag. Evidently Hornady does not buy into the 3% "rule".
     
  6. td48604

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    reducing loads

    I have the Hornady reloading manual and started at the minimum charge listed. My manual lists 16.8 gr of 296 for the 300 gr. XTP I haven't fired any of them. I am looking at a new press, this time I think I will go blue. For now, I'm back to an old Lyman Turret press.
    I agree, I like the looks of the micrometer powder measures.
     
  7. Slamfire

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    It is either pedal to the medal with W296, or you don't use it.

    I shot some 290 LSWC's with AA#9 in a M629. It shot well and the recoil was more than I liked.

    My favorite 44 Magnum powder is 2400. A 240 grain anything with 22.0 grains 2400. If this is too much, I have shot thousands of 240 grain anything with 17.5 grains.
     
  8. td48604

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    Win296

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    The one thing I like about the Win 296 is that it is "forgiving" as far as the range from minimum to maximum loads are concerned.


    What I meant by this was, that the minimum load starts at 16.8 grains, the maximum is 19.9 grains. Blue Dot for example, is from 10.8 to 12. My measure would randomly throw 1 full grain over, so if I threw 17.8 grains of 296, I was still in a "safe" zone. I no longer own that powder measure...
     
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    Love W296 in the .357 and .44 mag. W296 with the 240 XTP is as good as it gets in my book.

    t2e
     
  10. MovedWest

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    The 44 mag cartridge was designed with 2400 and it still remains a great powder for it today. I use it for all my serious loads from 210gr up to 300gr. I've tried other powders, but never liked the results as much as with 2400.

    -MW
     
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    I use W296 for full loads and Unique for mid range loads.
     
  12. Steve in PA

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    Been reloading the .44mag for probably 15 years now...........use nothing but H110 under 240 or 300gr bullets.
     
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    +1 for 2400; it'll do anything you need, safely
     
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    I like H110/W296. Course some people love 2400.

    LGB
     
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    I use Accurate #9 for my full-power .44 Magnums. Seems to work just fine.
    There's Win296/H110, 2400, #9. Those are the "big" magnum powders out there. They all work well when loaded to the top end with a firm roll crimp.
     
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    dittos...2400
     
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    I have only ever loaded 240s in .44 mag. Never saw a real need for anything else. Over the years I have played with Unique, 2400, Lil' Gun and H110/W296. Outta my 629 I get the most accurate results using H110/W296 with the true "magnum" loads. 23 grains over a WLP primer for range shooting and 23.6 for the woods.
     
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    But your Harleys will live peacefully with each other. :eek:
     
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    I use 2400 myself.
     
  20. td48604

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    2400

    Thanks for all of the replies.. I'm going to buy a pound of 2400 tomorrow. I have a Lyman #55 powder measure so I'll see how it meters..
     
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    2400 and AA4100.
     
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    I'm another one in favor of 2400. I use it more than any other powder.
     
  23. MovedWest

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    The responses in this thread should be an indication how popular it is. Given the scarcity of components these days it can be a bit tough to find right now. Finding it might require a little more effort than normal, but don't give up. It's out there.

    -MW
     
  24. td48604

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    in stock

    Fortunately, both local gun shops near me have it on the shelf. I'm out the door to get it.
     
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    With the 2400, are you guys using a standard primer or magnum primer??
     
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