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Old May 14th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #16
 
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Thanks guys for all of the input. You all pretty much confirmed what I think I already knew. H110 is not a suitable powder for what I want to load. I just thought I would ask on the odd chance someone knew a trick that I didn't. Looking at the input I think that Unique will likely be the powder of choice. Again thanks.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 03:26 AM   #17
 
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June/July 2017 issue of Handloader Magazine lists three powders with the 180gr. XTP, American Select, Power Pistol and A-5.
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June/July 2017 issue of Handloader Magazine lists three powders with the 180gr. XTP, American Select, Power Pistol and A-5.
Had that copy of Handloader (June 2017 #308) sitting next to my chair and totally forgot about it. As usual the author, Brian Pierce, has published a great 8 page article on the .44 Spl. 2 pages of loading data. A number of different style bullets in a wide range of weights. All max loads are kept at the 15,500 psi. ceiling. A great article. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good source of .44 Spl data.

As mentioned from RK it includes data for the 180 gr XTP. Power Pistol blows the competition away in velocity as usual. It is one number behind Unique on the burn rate charts but seems to allow higher load weights with lower pressure. I did pick up a few pounds of Power Pistol over the last few months. Loaded some rounds but haven't had a chance to try it yet. When my Unique stash is depleted it may be replaced by Power Pistol. Seems to meter much better.

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How many of these 180 XTP bullets do you have? Unless you have at least several hundred, I'd consider setting them aside and acquiring a large quantity (1000) of cast bullets for plinking. The 240 SWC is a good all-around bullet, but you may want to look into the 200 RNFP cast bullet for the .44 Spl. That's a round-nose, flat point. With a small charge of a fast powder, they are great for low recoil plinking.
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June/July 2017 issue of Handloader Magazine lists three powders with the 180gr. XTP, American Select, Power Pistol and A-5.
Those are among the loads listed in Hornady #9.
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