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Old July 18, 2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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need load data for .44 mag

I like to use eith 2400,or 231 for loading the .44 mag,I will be using 240 grain hard cast swc and I cant find how many grain of powder I need can someone help me out?.
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Old July 18, 2011, 08:17 AM   #2
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I could find no Alliant published data for the 240swc but found their tech support number: 1-800-276-9337.

If this helps, I'm running a 240gas checked swc at 922 ft/sec out of a 4.5" barrel using 7.5 grains of Green Dot (much faster burn than 2400). Same load runs at 1105ft/sec out of a 20" Marlin. Marlin's max load for the gas check bullet s 20.5 grains 2400 @ 1510 ft/sec out of a 6" barrel.
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Old July 18, 2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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Thanks alot I looked at the Alliant site for what I want and all they have is other powders that I dont think are magnum powers for the full potential
of the .44 mag.
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Old July 18, 2011, 09:51 AM   #4
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Use the data for the 250 grain Keith-type bullet. According to Alliant data a max load is 20 grains of 2400 for a speed of 1390 fps.

I use 2400 in my .44 magnum and 19.0 grains of 2400 gives me 1345 fps with a 240 grain hard-cast bullet.

A general rule of thumb in reloading is that when you can't find a load for the precise bullet you're using, it's safe to use data for a heavier bullet of the same type.
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Old July 18, 2011, 12:25 PM   #5
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With 20 grains I wonder what the recoil is?
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Old July 18, 2011, 01:15 PM   #6
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Plug your numbers in here to see how much it will hurt:

http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp
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Old July 18, 2011, 01:44 PM   #7
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Yep, yer answer is right there on page 354 of Lyman's 48th Edition Reloading Handbook! No listing for W231, too fast. Get yerself a reloading manual; an essential tool for any reloader.

BTW; 18.5 gr. to 20.6 gr. 2400 for a 240-245 gr. SWC.
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Old July 18, 2011, 05:46 PM   #8
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yeah I have to pick up that book soon!
ps thank for the recoil program
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Old July 20, 2011, 05:36 PM   #9
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I load W296 in my 44 mag. 21gr for my 240gr. and 20gr for my 255gr Kieth. Both are ignited by CCI LPM.
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Old July 20, 2011, 06:00 PM   #10
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I just bought the Lymans reloading manual 49th edition man that has alot of good info I needed! this how I'm going set up the loads.

win. brass
cci primers
240gr.hard cast lead SWC
18.5 gr. of 2400

= kills anything in the woods!
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Old July 21, 2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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I've prolly used that same load hundreds of times in my .44 Magnums. I guess .44 Magnum is my favorite cartridge (I have 5 .44 Mag. guns) and have been reloading for it since I got my first .44 Mag. in '86 (a beautiful M629). When I started loading for this cartridge I worked up to some pretty stiff (max.) loads but now I'm liking heavy Special loads in Magnum cases or light Magnun loads (gettin' old I guess). I've used nearly all the "normal" powders for reloading (2400, Bluedot, Bullseye, H110/W296, AA9, a lot of Unique, Universal, WC820, and now playing with TrueBlue. Great cartridge to reload...
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