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Old February 18th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #16
 
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Interesting. Do you have to put extra 'flare' on the case to load those .433s?

I would like to try hotter rounds in the SBH. So far I've only shot some Win 240gr soft points. MVel 1180fps. Recoil was very manageable. Not at all shocking or painful.




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Old February 18th, 2017, 07:14 PM   #17
 
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The cases need a little more flare. Another reason I don't want to shoot the hot loads for my Marlin out of the Blackhawk is the cylinder throats are still .430. I felt the pressure might be too much.

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Because of the difference in groove diameters on the 44mag handguns and rifles I couldn't find a single cast load that worked great in both guns. I did come up with a load that is acceptable for both. The Ranch Dog 265gr plain base bullet sized to .433 over 10gr of Unique. I did work up really good load for my Marlin using the Ranch Dog 265gr gas checked bullet over a heavy dose of H110 but I don't have the wrist strength to even try it in my Blackhawk.

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This is the same bullet I'm using in my SBH and Marlin except I'm using the gas checked NOE version. Mine are sized to .431" and I get no leading and great accuracy from both guns. They cast right at 270gr as a flatpoint and 258gr as a hollow point.
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Ok. Yeah, I'll try to keep my bullets to the .429-.430" size.

I just picked up 400 empty cases so I can start working on several load combos and see what I and the gun like best.
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My Marlin 1894 does well with factory 240 grain SJFNs.

The 629 isn't too fussy.
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ngashooter, not to steal a post, but I've shot at least 4 deer, the largest being a 4 Point mule deer all using a Ruger Auto .44Mag. with Nosler 240grn. JSP and had excellent expansion. (H110 using a Federal Magnum large Pistol primer) The farthest being about 75 yards, none of the four deer traveled more than 25 yards after the shot.

I've shot a lot deer in my lifetime, mostly Mule deer, and Whitetail, and a few Coues deer, with different caliber rifles, however I always used the correct projectile for the job, and was certain of my shot.

To the OP, I've had good luck using the same round on my Ruger Auto .44Mag as well as the my S&W Model 29 and my Ruger SBH, the key is to know the limits of each. My carbine is usually set up to point of impact-point of aim to 75 yards, and my revolvers to 25yards. I do realize you intend to get a lever gun which is an excellent choice. The best advice is try several loads until you get one that works for both at reasonable ranges. Less chance of a problem IMHO.
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All of what I was talking about is about using cast bullets. If you are using jacketed then it doesn't matter. I personally only use cast bullets in all my guns for hunting and plinking.

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Well, I went out today and shot 36rnds of plated 240grn FN over 13grns of HS-6. Very easy shooting. I'll need to do some sight adjusting and some more shooting before I am remotely capable of getting good consistent groups. This is my first revolver, so grip, trigger, and weight are all still new feeling.

I shot 6rnds at 100yds today resting off the side of the truck. They grouped in about a 12" diameter circle. 6@50yds without rest grouped about 8". Then 24rnds at 20yds were in about 4"-6" circle.

Still getting used to the sight picture and trying to consistently line up the sights the same every time.

I have a new problem though. It's entirely too much fun to shoot. I may need a 2nd job to feed it ammo.

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I found the same thing thinking I could use one load for the Blackhawk and the Henry big boy. The Rossi 94 in .44 and the same revolver liked a 240gr SWC with 10.1 of Unique and a Winchester primer it was good but not best in either.
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