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This is a discussion on 44 Mag Light Load within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I use Unique with both the 240 SWC's and with the 180 grain jacketed bullets. With Unique, I usually get around 900 fps with the ...


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Old January 11th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #16
 
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I use Unique with both the 240 SWC's and with the 180 grain jacketed bullets.

With Unique, I usually get around 900 fps with the cast bullets and around 1100 with the jacketed bullets.

I have also used Blue Dot, but usually for loads 100-200 fps faster than mentioned above.



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Old January 11th, 2009, 02:33 PM   #17
 
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Unique (light) and 2400 (hot) has always been my powders for reloading .44, .357, and .45 . But started using Trail Boss in .45 and really like it, so will be loading my .45 'normal' loads with it for the forseeable future.

Anyway, I use 7 grains of Unique under 240g SWC in the .44 . Seems to work well. Going to try Trail Boss next for light loads. Fill that .44 case up . See the following link here for load data.

http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

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Old January 12th, 2009, 09:28 PM   #18
 
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Newbi to Ruger, but have been reloading for a 44mag S&W for several years. 22 grains of Accurate XMP 5744 with a 240gr swc is an accurate and very comfortable load to shoot. My favorite load uses Hodgdons Clays. I won't list it here because it violates one of the rules of safe reloading; it is a tiny charge in a large case. You could double or triple charge with this load and not notice. It is listed on the Hodgdon site, and is very soft and accurate.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #19
 
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razadp, Red Dot powder isn't a very good application for light target loads with bullets that are "light for caliber". The manuals do list a few loads with 240 gr lead bullets but I couldn't find anything for 200 gr bullets. Typically with fast burning powders like Red Dot, light bullets tend to be pushed out of the case before the powder gets good ignition. That means you will likely have powder flakes blown into the bore that didn't ignite. The velocity from shot-to-shot will be erratic because of irregular ignition.

You will find medium burn rate powders are much better for light loads with light bullets. AA#5 or Unique are two of the best. Blue Dot is a fairly slow burning powder that isn't well suited for light loads either.
2nd that for AA#5, works better for me than evan Unique.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #20
 
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I've looked around for a master list of powders by burn rate, and haven't seen one. Does anyone have one they could post?
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I've looked around for a master list of powders by burn rate, and haven't seen one. Does anyone have one they could post?
Hmmmm... check the Library. I think there is a chart in there.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 04:53 AM   #22
 
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Use Trail Boss. That's what it was designed for.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #23
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Same load I am using. Works well.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #24
 
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44

I just bought a S&W 44 mag (model 29-2 with an 8 3/8 barrel) from a co-worker that's retiring. Picked up some Starline 44 mag brass to do some reloading.

I'll have to try some of the recipes here...thanks!

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Hi - I just joined the group last night and this topic caught my interest. I have just started to cast and shoot cast bullets. I have a SS Vaquero w/7 1/2" barrel in .44 mag. and a new (less than a month) NMSBH SS w/4 5/8" barrel also in .44 mag. I just checked my cylinder throats and using a Hornady 240 gr. 430 HP/XT bullet the throats are all the same size. The bullet drops through easily with no play. My Lee .430 240 gr. SWC bullet drops through but a tad tighter. I have slugged the barrel on the Vaquero and it is .429. My leading is managable. Accuracy doesn't seem affected during a sesson of 40 - 50 rounds and a chore boy with Kroil cleans it right up.

I usually load 9 gr. of Unique for most shooting. For a hunting load I will go up to 10 gr.

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NC Ruger, With your 180 gr JHPs, try 8 gr of Unique for about 1000 fps.
+1 on this load; I have used it in an S47 for twenty years with total satisfaction. In fact, here is an observation:

Whether 41 Mag, 44-40, 44 Mag or 45 Colt, 7 to 8 gr of Unique with std bullet weight, cast or jacketed, produce superb accuracy and are mild enough for a full day's worth of shooting.

Another great powder for puffer loads is Trail Boss, designed specifically for cast bullets. 180gr cast .4295, RP, WLP, 7gr Trail Boss is mild enough that any one of my 16 grandkids (youngest is 5) can shoot it without flinching. And it is accurate (10 shots, 15yds, offhand, 2" or less). Fun.
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