44 mag Handloading - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Camden NY, 2D, 2B, 1B
Posts: 1,049
Back To Top
44 mag Handloading

I recently purchased my first 44 mag. Ruger SBH with 7.5 inch barrel. My brother and I are getting ready to load up 300 rounds or so next weekend. I was wondering if anyone cared to share what works well out of their 44? I'll be using 240gr Nosler JSP's, but looking for info on what powder/gr you guys are using.

"The good that men do live on long after they're gone"
USAF AD 2006-Til they make me leave.
2B and 2D
Fallair is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 01:07 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: 5C
Posts: 851
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

Outstanding! I have the same pistol! I love it. And I use the same bullets. lol. I threw a simmons 2x6 on top and keep a 2 inch group at 100 yards. I carry it around in an Uncle Mikes Camo Bandolier Holster. So easy to carry. To have both hands free when walking through the woods is a freeing experience.

If my memory serves me I believe I am using 2400. When I get home I can give you more specifics. I did a ton of load development. I mean a ton. I found that my pistol does not like factory ammo. Except American eagle. 240 JHP. Didn't like the fast 180 rems or the white box winchester 240s. I said didn't like, that's still 5-6 inch group at 100 yards. Which is not ok with me. It also likes a real tight grip. I mean tight.

I shot a doe with it at 35 yards and she went about 30 yards and was done. My brother shot a buck the same year, went through both shoulders at 25 yards and bullet was under skin on opposite shoulder. Dropped the buck in his tracks.

Wow your going to have fun with that pistol!!!
Gunjack is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Camden NY, 2D, 2B, 1B
Posts: 1,049
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

That's great to hear. I am really looking forward to getting into the woods with it. Aside from reloading, I have been researching scopes as well because I would like to be able to get out to 100yrds with it. I'm curious to know how many rounds you have under that simmons scope? The reviews for most scopes seem so up and down that I am having a hard time deciding what to get. I am definitely going to have to look up that holster as well. Handgun hunting is very new to me, but I want to enter the woods confident in both the weapon and my capabilities. Please do get back to me with any load specifics you have. We were planning on using blue dot, but I wanted to see what others liked first.

"The good that men do live on long after they're gone"
USAF AD 2006-Til they make me leave.
2B and 2D
Fallair is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 06:04 PM
Hooked on HuntingPa
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: N.W. Penna.
Posts: 317
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

I use h-110 along with mag primers - CCI 350.. and 240 gr XTP hornady.
My brother finished off his bear with this load and worked perfectly.. holds a good group at 75 yds with open sights out of a Dan Wesson..
Boat Capt is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 08:16 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: 3D, Luzerne County
Posts: 3,314
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

One of my .44's is the same gun you have. My SBH likes 200gr XTP's over H110.



Distance is about 50 yards, shooting at an 8 x 11 steel target.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGd2GgoN1CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwO-BlBsD70

Steve
Steve in PA is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Camden NY, 2D, 2B, 1B
Posts: 1,049
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading



Heres a picture of mine. I have plans of giving it to my son (he's 2) in about 30 years or so, God willing.

"The good that men do live on long after they're gone"
USAF AD 2006-Til they make me leave.
2B and 2D
Fallair is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 12:11 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lycoming county
Posts: 2,381
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

My friend and I each shoot S&W mod. 29s. He always loaded 2400 and I always use WW 296 with mag. primers and 240 g. JHP or JSP. I always found 2400 to be dirty? Ran near max. loads with the 296. Shoot clean thru a deer at 135 yds. and it would topple the steel rams at 200 yrd. at the steel shoots!
Asajoe1 is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-10-2015, 12:57 AM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Berks County
Posts: 1,050
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

Not sure how the Black Hawks tend, but my Red Hawk never cared for jacketed bullets bigger than .429. I've used 2400, W296, H110 over the years. I like H110 for stout loads. I use H110 for jacketed bullets 240 and up. I like 2400 for hard cast lead, plinking on up to heavy loads.

Big LSWC's rule
Macs' Mountain is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 02:26 AM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,207
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

What yardage do you sight your 44 mags in at for deer hunting? Im using Ruger sbh 44 mag and just starting reloading and siting it in.
308 ruger is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 02:25 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: 3D, Luzerne County
Posts: 3,314
Back To Top
Re: 44 mag Handloading

With iron sights, I sight my Super Blackhawk to shoot dead on at 50 yards.

With a scope, my Super Redhawk is sighted to shoot dead on at 100 yards.

Steve
Steve in PA is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome