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Old October 6, 2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Powder for 44 Rem Mag

Looking for all of your opinions on the best overall powder for use in reloading the 44 Rem Mag. Will be using a Ruger Super Blackhawk with a 7 1/2 barrel and will be hunting whitetail deer. Will probably use a 240 gr JHP for a bullet. Any and all loads will be appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!
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Old October 6, 2004, 04:52 PM   #2
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Don't have any of my load data here, but I use Unique for target loads and W296 or 2400 for full house loads.

No preference between W296 or 2400. They both seem to load and shoot about the same for me out of my 629.
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Old October 6, 2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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H-110 for hunting and Unique for everything else
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Old October 10, 2004, 12:55 AM   #4
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Back when I used to load the .44 Magnum, I used Universal Clays for mild/midrange loads and H-110 for the heavy 240 gr JHP or 300 gr cast bullet loads. You could easily substitute W-296 for the H-110 and Unique for the Universal Clays, I just preferred the Universal Clays as it seemed to meter a little better and burn cleaner than Unique. If you ask me H-110 = W-296.
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Old October 10, 2004, 06:23 AM   #5
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When loading the .44 Mag I only load full power loads and use W296 almost exclusively.

I do have one load for the 300 gr. Sierra SP using AA #9 from an early Accurate Manual that's a tad hot and I believe they removed it from newer manuals so, I won't list it here. It also works well wit the Hornady 300 gr. XTP-HP.

When I started loading for the .44 Mag many years ago (30+), 2400 was the "king of the hill" as far as .44 Mag loads were concerned. It didn't hurt any either that Hercules Powder Company was loacted just down the road from a gun shop that I worked at.

Over the years I found it (2400) to leave too many unburnt granules in both the barrel and chambers and this is the reason I got away from it. And yes, I used CCI 350 primers with it.
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Old October 10, 2004, 11:28 AM   #6
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If you ask me H-110 = W-296.

They might be similar but not the same. An example in my Hornady manual and 44 Mag max loads.

180 XTP
296 = 29.2 gr
H110 = 31.5 gr

200 XTP
296 = 27.8
H110 = 29.1

240 XTP
296 = 24.2
H110 = 24.9
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Old October 10, 2004, 11:48 AM   #7
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Written by Mal H 3-20-99:

Several have said their favorite powder is
W296 and some say H110. Most agree that both are "very close" to each other. In fact, the only difference between these two is the packaging. The ball powder is manufactured by Primex Tech and shipped to both Winchester and Hodgdon for packaging.

This is an old discussion, the differences in load data probably represent different liability lawyers more than anything.
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Old October 11, 2004, 09:19 AM   #8
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I stand corrected - received this from Hodgdon this morning:

It is indeed true. The powder is made by General Dynamics in the St. Marks Powder facility in St. Marks, Fl. Some is sent to us and some sent to Winchester.

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Old October 11, 2004, 10:52 AM   #9
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Thanks for the update, my info was from '99
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Old October 13, 2004, 02:52 AM   #10
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My 336gr. WLN GC cast bullet loves to get kicked in the butt with about 19 grains of H110. That'll take any hog on the N. American continent, four legged or two.
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