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Reloading 44 mags

my brother is going to start reloading shells for me any ideas on what loads to go with or suggestions on which worked better for you thanks AL

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Re: Reloading 44 mags

We shoot either Nosler or Hornady XTP's 200gr with H110 powder. Have used the same load out of 2 S&W's (6") a Redhawk 5 1/2 and 7 1/2, marlin cabine, marlin 16" carbine, and a Ruger 77. Shot well from all. I can get you the actual powder charge when I get home. The only 44 we have that does not handle the load well is my Mountain Gun 4". The 200 grain does give slightly better "long range" performance. Doesn't make them in to magical 00 yard guns, but with a scope off a bench, I have no trouble shooting good groups at 150

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Re: Reloading 44 mags

had a marlin 44mag leaver--would only shoot 240gr--lighter slugs tumbled
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Anything in the 200-240 grain range will work fine on deer in most guns. I bought bulk 200 grain nolser hp's for a Super Black Hawk when I had it. The 240 grain will give a noticable increase in recoil in a hot load.

I always have used 2400 in my heavy handgun loads. H110 can usually get a bit more velocity, but it is a tiny bit dirtier. If memory serves me right I was in the 22 grains of powder range. There is a bunch of different powder types to use. Some swear by W296.

Only time I ever shot it though a Chrony I was getting around 1250-1300 fps with that load in a 7.5" barrel. I could have made them a little hotter, but it wouldn't have really mattered. I couldn't hit anything with that gun anyway.

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Re: Reloading 44 mags

I load 240gr. Hornady XTPs to hunt with and I load casted 240gr SWC's for play. Never killed anything with the XTP's, but have killed tons of paper with the SWC's.

Both loads shot out of a Ruger Super Redhawk.

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I loaded some with red dot, and made them a little light. Much nicer for shooting a lot at the range. I would go back to a normal load for hunting, but the reduced recoil is nice for punching holes in paper.
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Re: Reloading 44 mags

I have loaded the 240 grain Hornady XTP for the .44 Mag for many years.

I started with 2400 and worked up some accuracy loads and some hunting loads. Tried H-110 and also worked up hunting and accuracy loads. I found out that the H-110 gives me a little more velocity and energy than the 2400 at slightly lower pressures with the same powder charge. As far as accuracy goes, again the H-110 had the edge.

One bonus I have noticed with the H-110 is ease of cleaning. 2400 will crud a gun up quick! It is the dirtiest powder I have ever used in handgun cartridges....Heck, I would rather clean the crud from WW-296.

An S&W 29, S&W 629 and a Taurus M-44 all agree.......240 grain XTP over a fairly warm charge of H-110 backed with a CCI Large Pistol Magnum primer works rather well.

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Thanks for the info keep them coming

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Re: Reloading 44 mags

I've shot a ton of 240gr XTP's over 24.0gr of H110 out of my SRH. Very accurate and deadly! I've taken several deer with this load.

I also load a 300gr XTP over 20.0gr of H110. This year for some reason the 300's shot better than the 240's so that is what I amm currently carrying while hunting.

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Re: Reloading 44 mags

You don't say what you are going to do with the ammo your brother loads for you so here are 3 loads that I use that should pretty well cover anything you want to do with a 44. I have loaded for at least 15 different 44 mags. I have been shooting 44's for longer than I care to remember.

For target and plinking use:

8 gr of Unique and a 245 Keith SWC

For target, plinking, and close range hunting:

10 gr of Unique and a 245 Keith SWC

For longer range big game hunting:

20 gr of 2400 and a 245 Keith SWC

These loads have worked ok in every 44 that I tried them in. In some guns they were extremely accurate and in others just acceptably accurate. But, they work good and are safe in any 44 that I have tried them in.

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