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Old August 5th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #1
 
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Best factory loads for Redhawk .44mag?

I love my new to me 1983 Redhawk 7-1/2" barrel .44 mag Hogue grips, first centerfire pistol for thirty years, bought for hunting and home defense. I started out to buy something for concealed carry and hunting, but found this, won't concealed carry too well. I shot one box of PNC 180gr JHP out of it, not too satisfied with 3-6" groups off bench, but I love shooting it. Recoil with above loads is not bad, heavy gun swings up, Hogue finger grips fit my hand well, very comfortable and good control. Friend who has one says Hornady 225gr LeveRolution group 1-1/2" at 50 yards, thinking deer hunting, so I bought a box and will try them on the range. I am also thinking Hornady Critical Defense for home protection, .44mag so new that Hornady website lists it, but no velocity and energy, just blank? Any pointers and favorites from experienced hands with centerfire pistol?



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All my ruger 44 mags have liked haevy bullets. Try 25 270 or 300 grain. If you hand load try 300 grain at 1000-1100 my redhawk 44 loves that load. I use 9.5 grains of uniquew with amagnum primer. Magnum primer really not neccessary in my redhawk it is more accurate than standard primers.
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You looking for factory loads for hunting or plinking or defense or all?

For a defensive load in my 5 1/2" Redhawk, I bought a few boxes of the .44 Spl Win Silvertips. I have a couple of boxes of factory .44 Mag, but haven't shot them; I'm mainly a handloader.
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For defensive work I also recommend .44 Spl, full house .44 magnums will be to much indoors with no hearing protection. A good .44 spl load will that almost the same ballistics as a .45 acp
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My Super blackhawk hunter (same barrel as the redhawk) likes the 240 gr Hornady XTP's. 3-6" at 100 yds depending on what I use as a rest. Intended for hunting but haven't used it yet.
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For self defense, and general carry I prefer a 240 grain hollow point. When I am hunting I carry handloaded 300 grain lead semi wadcutters. They are accurate and pack enough punch for any game I might shoot.
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