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44 mag powder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by interlake869, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. interlake869

    interlake869

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    just bought some 44mag dies and plan on cooking up a batch this week


    what do you gentelman like for powder in 44mag?

    will be fired primarily from a 7 1/2 inch ruger redhawk
     
  2. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    When I had a Ruger Red Hawk I used an Elmer Keith load using 2400.
     

  3. ColoCG

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    I agree, you can't go wrong with 2400.
     
  4. Fastbear

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    Congrats on the Redhawk, great gun.
    240 gr Jacketed 24.8 H110 @ 1400 fps
    240 gr Jacketed 21.2 2400 @ 1350 fps
    240 gr Jacketed 15.0 Blue Dot @ 1350 fps
    240 gr SWC lead 7.7 WIN231 @ 1000 fps
    Loads are @ max. powder charge.
    Have fun shooting the big red one.
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    If you plan on shooting less than close to, or full power loads Unique will work very well.


    Jack
     
  6. fredj338

    fredj338

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    I used to shoot #s of H110, great powder for full power loads, but full power ONLY. Since I don't compete w/ the 44mag anymore in met sil, most of my 44mag shooting is midrange to upper midrange & 2400 is perfect for such loads. It gets within 50fps of the top H110 loads but downloads to upper midrange well. For target to midrange loads, especially w/ lead bullets (the only true 44mag projectile) then it's Unique all day every day.
     
  7. Ahmid

    Ahmid CLM

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    I used to load with Win 296 and Hodgdon 110 exclusively.
    I am going back to 2400 for a bit milder loads.
     
  8. fredj338

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    Exactly!:supergrin:
     
  9. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Another vote for 2400. I've found it excellent in .44 mag and .357 mag. My 8 pound jug is almost dead. Time for another. I just can't find a reason to switch. :supergrin:
     
  10. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

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    I like a powder that substantially fills the case, especially for full house loads. With some of the faster burning pistol powders, a double or even triple charge could happen.
    I use WW296 for my hunting loads. Favorite bullet is the Hornady 265 made for the .444 Marlin, with 23 grains of said powder. Less exposed lead, and harder. Thicker jacket. Penetrates large dangerous game very well. Not as expensive as the so called, premium bullets.
     
  11. dbarry

    dbarry Silver Member

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    hard to go wrong with 2400, but I really like 300-MP with 180gr remington. Crazy big fireball - very fun :O)
     
  12. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Only if you don’t look inside each and every case. If you do that you can use any powder that you want that is used for the application. People that do not look inside each and every case before placing a bullet, will continue to blow up guns and have squib loads. It’s just as simple as that.
     
  13. fredj338

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    If yo uhaven't tried a good hard cast bullet in the 44mag, you don't know what you are missing. Accurate & less wear & tear on the forcing cone of your revolver. For most ath isn't a big deal, many shoot their 44mags less than 100rds a year, but for those of us that use them to plink or compete, 2k-3k rds a year will show a diff in forcing cone wear suing jacketed bullets & H110 vs lead bullets & 2400.:dunno:
     
  14. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

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    I'm a big fan of using Universal in my Redhawk. I dont have my notes handy for a recipe, though. I like a nice manageable punch... not a shoulder buster.

    thorn
     
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    1. H110/W296.
    2. Enforcer.
    3. AA#9
    4. 2400
     
  16. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Unique for mid loads and H110 for full power.
     
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    These are the only 2 powders I use for handguns.
     
  18. fredj338

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    You either don't load many calibers or need to branch out a bit. Both are great powders, Unique being quite versitile, but H110 has a very narrow loading range, full power magnums & not much else.:dunno:
     
  19. Kwesi

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    Fred: by full power loads could you be more specific re: 45 Win Mag? Just picked up a Grizzly Mark 1 & trying to pick a receipe. H110 has been suggested but how hot must it be if using H110? To take advantage of it's benefits.
     
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    H110/296 was formulated for maximum loads, if you try to download even a little under published data bad things can happen.