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Winchester 1892 .44 Magnum load suggestions

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Reagan40, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Reagan40


    May 6, 2007
    I use a Winchester 1892 in .44 magnum to hunt white tail deer with. I typically buy my hunting ammo, since I do not shoot a lot of rounds with it. I reload ammo for my range guns. (.223, .45, 308, 20-06, 45-70, 357 magnum) For the last couple of years, I have been using the Hornady Leverlution ammo for my 1892. I took a large buck with it last year, and the bullet did its job nicely. When I shoot the gun at the range, my groups seem a bit large. I am not trying to drive nails, it is a hunting gun, not a precision rifle. I just want to tighten the groups up a bit. I will of course consult my manuals before working up a load, and start low on powder, but I was wondering if anyone has found a good load for this rifle, in this caliber. If you have, please share.

  2. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I can only tell you all rifles are diff. What works for you may not work for me. YOu may want to even consider a good lead bullet load. A 240grLSWC @ 1400fps is a good killer out to 100yds. In a rifle, any powder form 2400, AA#9 or H110/W296 will get toy top vel, you just need to find the load that shoots best in your rifle.

  3. Reagan40


    May 6, 2007
    Thanks for the input. I understand that it is really about matching the load to the specific gun. I have two IDENTICAL AR's, but their ideal loads to achieve the same accuracy are different. Their ideal loads are close, same powder, same bullet, just a little bit of difference in the amount of powder. Loading .44 magnum for a lever gun is new to me. I guess my goal is to hear some suggestions to give me a starting point. I do not want to buy multiple powders and bullets until I find something I am happy with. If I could have a couple of suggestions for bullets and powder, I would try a couple of different combinations.

    I do have some W296, so that may be the powder I start with. I tend to lean toward the newer high tech jacketed bullets. Last year, using the Hornady, I took a deer at about 130 yards. Do you think this is unrealistic with a lead bullet?

    P.S. That is a great Avatar pic. That must have been a great time.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    240 grain gold dot hp over 20 grains of 2400 works well for me. This is right in the middle of Speer's data.

    I can tell you that my rifle hated all of the other increments I tested below this charge weight and above. My 1894 Marlin only seems to like 20.0 grains.


    Good luck!
  5. rg1


    Aug 5, 2003
    For my Winchester Trapper I like Hornady 240 XTP's at 23.5 grains of Win296 powder. Velocity in the short Trapper barrel is approx. 1675 fps and accurate. I use CCI 350 Mag primers and have tested both Win LP and RP 2 1/2's with this load in RP, Win, and FC cases. Haven't shot any deer but the XTP is reported to do fine on game. Start at about 22.5 and work up to no more than 24 grains of Win 296 with the Hornady 240 XTP and a firm roll crimp. Hornady's overall length as tested was 1.600" and feeds fine at that length.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010