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Old August 1st, 2010, 07:02 AM   #1
 
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NNNNNEED SOME ADVICE...260 gr LBT/WFN

Please provide input... I just finished casting some LBT WFN 260 gr for my 44 mag (Ruger SBH/7 1/2 inch barrel). Shot ok but not as well as I hoped,,, first attempt tho.

The powder I have is 2400. I want a 1200 to 1300 fps. I loaded first 50 with 17 gr 2400 w/ Win LP primers.

My question (since I can find NO data in my load manuals) will 16 gr get the desired 1200 fps??? Or what would???

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Old August 1st, 2010, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I understand the crux of your question. It sounds like you loaded the 17 gr of 2400 with so so accuracy?? What did the 17 gr chrony or didn't you chrony the load? Now you want to drop down to 16 gr and hope to get over 1200 fps. My initial reactions is I doubt it will but without knowing what the 17 gr did it's tough to tell. If I had to guess I'd say around 1050-1100 but that is just a stab.

Speer lists a cast 250 gr keith SWC and shows 18-20 gr of 2400, LPP, at 1290-1390. You are heavier and different bullet type so I would stay below that or you may see pressure or lead up the works or both.

What I would look for is accuracy first without locking yourself to an arbitrary FPS that you need have. If you are hunting then cast will penetrate without a lot of expansion but with the 44 you get a .430 sized hole.

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Thanks,,, does seem I'm putting the cart before the horse. I don't have a chrony so don't know what the 17 gr did. It was a pleasant load. I have used 20 gr of 2400 with a 250 gr Keith but this was the first with the LBT.

I'm looking for a starting load to begin with,,, safe, accurate, and pleasant (stout is ok but don't want a rhino load).
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I'm with you, I'll take the loads that makes holes in the target next to each other. The big boomer loads may be fun for a little bit but if you can't hit anything with it why bother wasting the components. I've always had good luck with cast bullets in 240-250 with 18 gr of 2400.
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