This is a discussion on .44 Mag-Lite within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Hi there - I just bought a Lee 1000 reloading setup for my .44 Mag (Redhawk)
I know the hunting loads I want (14.0 gr ...
Hi there - I just bought a Lee 1000 reloading setup for my .44 Mag (Redhawk)
I know the hunting loads I want (14.0 gr Blue Dot - 240 JSP Magtech).
But I also bought a box of 200 gr lead bullets for plinking. They were sold out of Red Dot, so now I'm wondering how low I can go with the Blue Dot. I have no interest in putting in the max (17ish), rather the minimum for good burning. Thinking of trying 10 grains of Blue Dot, using CCI350 primers (magnum) should give good ignition.
My indoor range doesn't allow full bore magnum loads so I have to download for the .357 & .44 mag. I've never tried 200gr bullets in my SBH(yet) but I've found 7.6 to 8 grs of Universal Clays works very well in MY gun with the 240 gr lead bullets. Don't see why it wouldn't work well with the 200 gr. Hodgdon's 2006 annual manual give a range of 6.8 to 7.8 grs of Universal Clays over a 200gr LRNFP cast bullet. I'm sure many will suggest Unique but for me the Universal Clays works mo' better
Last edited by btrumanj; September 24th, 2008 at 02:03 PM.
There's no danger of squibs like you'll find with H-110, but Bluedot doesn't burn cleanly until you get up around 20K pressure. I'd suggest you try around 14 grains with a 200 gr. bullet and see if it burns cleanly.