Perhaps there's a thread dealing with this question, but I didn't find it using the search function. If there is such a thread, please point me in that direction. Somewhere I read that if 44 magnum doesn't push someone to reload, probably nothing else will. That said, I have several hundred rounds of 240 gr JHP ammo, but want to start reloading before I shoot my stock all up. My gun is the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in 44 mag, with the 2 1/2 inch barrel. There is some ammo commercially available from Speer designated "Short Barrel" and there may be some others out there, too. But I'd like to handload ammo for my gun, and am unsure which powder is best for that purpose. In the beginning at least I'll be shooting 240 grain bullets, either hard cast lead or perhaps some copper coated bullets in 240 gr. Any suggestions will be most appreciated. Also, which of the many reloading manuals do you suggest I get? I'll be reloading for 45 ACP as well. Thanks.