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Old March 27, 2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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Titegroup & Plated Bullets - Still Looking

I've been using Rainier Ballistics and West Coast Bullets .44 mag 240gr. JHP with Accurate #9 and #5 but I have been trying to find some loading data using these plated bullets with Titegroup. Anyone using Titegroup with any brand plated bullets?
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Old March 28, 2005, 02:56 AM   #2
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Hodgdon's site gives one recipe for your setup:

240 GR. NOS JHP - COL: 1.600" - TITEGROUP 10.0gr. - 1292fps - 37,700 CUP

Check it here:

44 Remington Magnum reload data
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Old March 28, 2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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I'm told plated bullets act different than regular jacketed bullets. They're closer to lead bullets. When I wrote to Rainier Ballistics they told me I could take the data for jacketed bullets and reduce the starting loads by 10% OR if I had data for a lead slug I could use that straight across the board. The problem is that if you look at the JHP data (-10%) and compare it to the data for a lead slug you have about 4gr of powder difference between starting loads! Safety is my main concern here. (I don't want to blow myself up but I'd also hate to get a bullet stuck in my barrel.) BTW that 10gr. for the Noslers is the max load. I used that data for some Hornady XTPs and it worked fine but the Hornadys are quite a bit more expensive.
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Old March 28, 2005, 12:42 PM   #4
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I've loaded a TON of moderate 44RM loads with Titegroup and WC bullets. Send me a PM tonight and I'll look up my data.
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Old March 28, 2005, 04:01 PM   #5
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If anyone's interested, I called Hodgdons today and they said to use the data for Lead SWC (of the same weight)for any plated bullet. I'm not sure what would happen if I used JHP data but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old March 29, 2005, 12:53 AM   #6
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I use high lead listings and then do several in increments of .2 gr. and go out to the range with a chrono.
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Old March 29, 2005, 01:05 AM   #7
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Shot from a 6" SW 629.

240gr West Coast Flat Point, 8.0gr Titegroup, 1.605", 1017fps (sd 13.9)

200gr Gold Dot, 1.609", 8.0gr Titegroup: 1083fps (sd 8.2)

240gr Gold Dot, 1.609", 10.0gr Titegroup: 1182fps (sd 10)


This should give you some idea what to expect.
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Old March 29, 2005, 10:48 AM   #8
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I made up some test rounds starting at the low 4.7gr listed in the Hodgdon manual. (West Coast JHP 240gr - 6 rounds at 4.7gr., 6 rounds at 5.2gr. and 6 rounds at 5.5. Hope they're not too low. I'm going to be upset if I get a bullet stuck in the barrel.
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Old March 29, 2005, 04:05 PM   #9
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Dgremlin, I think you will find that TG is an extremely versatile powder for the 44, when loading for light to moderate loads.

I've used 4.5gr up to 9gr. with some Sierra 240gr. SJLFN's. Everything from 7gr and below were really mild. I currently have a couple of hundred rounds loaded with 8gr, using Oregon Trail Laser Cast 240gr SWC and WLP primers. They shoot exceptionally well. The differences in velocity between 8gr and 10gr wasn't enough to justify the extra recoil and powder. When I need something faster and heavier, I switch to H110.

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