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Old March 15th, 2017, 04:40 PM   #1
 
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Question HS-6 for .44mag Snubby Loads

Been debating picking some up to work some 180, 200 and 240 loads for my ported .44 Alaskan. I've tried #2400 and I can't run up to max in any weights due to recoil, so it's pretty dirty. I tried Unique with better results but the metering sucks. I'm using Speer's 200gr GDHP-SB with 10.5 gr HP-38 and also with a 200gr RNFP Laser Cast for practice. Can HS-6 bridge the gap between HP-38 and the "traditional" magnum powders with light-medium .44 caliber bullets ?



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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #2
 
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I've used Accurate Arms #7 powder for some very warm, but less than max, .44 Mag loads with cannelured 240 gr plated bullets. They performed pretty well at up to 100 yds, and the AA#7 meters very well. I got some Hodgdon CFE Pistol last year to eventually try in .44 and .357 Mag for some medium-hot loads. For full-Magnum in both cartridges, I use W296 powder.
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To answer your question ... Yes HS-6 can bridge the gap. A bit slower than Unique, but not as slow at 2400. If you liked Unique, but not the metering, then there is Universal or 20/28 which meter better (although the Unique metering problem hasn't been that big of an issue with me) and you can load them like Unique. There are 'lots' of powders to choose from. All I shoot is 240g SWCs BTW, no experience with the 'lighter' bullets.
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One of the things that I read about HS-6 is the guys running compensated match guns get good amounts of gas to dampen recoil in .38 Super and 9mm Major. Thought it might help since my Alaskan is ported. I also read that magnum primers should be used for better ignition and cleaner burning especially in large capacity cases. I know I won't get "typical" magnum velocities but somewhere in the 1100-1200 fps range for the 200gr XTP would be good. Doable ?
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I love HS-6 and it's all I use. It's a bit dirty in 44 special, but not bad. In my birdshead vaquero 44 mag I have chronographed 320 grain gas checks at almost 1100 fps in 3 3/4 barrel at that was a minimum load. It meters quite well too. The load is in the hodgdon download book. I used the 325 data. I've also down loaded 240 grain semiwadcutters to about 800 fps with the same powder. I still have a can of h110 that use for 300BLK. I will probably never use it for handguns.
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Just looked at my chrony data and the velocity was 1080 average the a 39 fps spread and 12 standard deviation. These loads are not for the faint of heart. There was no sign of pressure whatsoever.

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Given the payload I'm not surprised it has some wallop LOL. I'm thinking of grabbing it because I can also try it in 10mm, I like buying stuff that has some cross platform possibilities. As far as the .44 load is concerned I'm looking to push a 200gr XTP out at around 1,200 fps, really don't need anymore performance than this. I may try the 240gr XTP but Alliant 2400 has worked for me for heavier loadings.
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Here is the article on light 44 Mag loads with hs6.

.44 Magnum Reduced Recoil Reloads Using Hodgdon HS6 Powder
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HS, thanks for the article ! Very informative and I like the progressive graphing info, seems to work well across the entire range of velocities. Easy to see why people like it !!
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You bet! I used it for my light 44 mag loads and they are nice and easy on the hand.
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According to Hodgdon's data there's still over 3.5gr "room" before max with the 200gr bullet. Sounds a bit scary...but finding 1,200 fps should be simple enough. Wonder what it can do with a 240 XTP...
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