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Old January 11, 2006, 11:37 AM   #1
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Most Accurate Bullet For .44 Mag

Looking to develop a new load with a different bullet and was wanting some feedback. Right now I'm using a Sierra 240 grain jhc. They work well but I wonder if there is a better bullet out there. Looking for a 240 gr jacketed bullet that will be pushed by H110. Price is not an issue, just looking for accuracy.
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Old January 11, 2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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44 Accuracy.

I've had pretty good success with most Sierra bullets I've tried, but what shoots good in one 44 doesn't necessarily work that well in a different one, even it it appears to be identical.

I really enjoy and have seen some excellent accuracy shooting my own cast bullets (Lyman 429421) at moderate velocitys.

You'll have to experiment and see what your particular 44 likes the most.
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Old January 11, 2006, 01:16 PM   #3
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I too have had the best luck with Sierra bullets in my 44 Ruger Blackhawk and a Ruger Deerstalker carbine. This is one of those things, only you can determine by shooting different brands in your gun.
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Old January 11, 2006, 01:26 PM   #4
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I am developing a new load as we speak

I will get back to you about the accuracy, for now I will say this...

A 205 grain Cowboy (.427) lead semi wad cutter. I am going to wrap it in teflon tape and get it to .430.
The teflon will help it slide down the barrel much faster, Lowering the pressure.
Then I jack up the load to increase the velocity and increase the pressure.

This is a very hard cast bullet when I get to see signs of pressure I will back off a smidgen and see how it is for accuracy I will then let you know. I will do this with 3 loadings at a time. Just load three up and shoot them.

I will load up six different loads starting with something fairly warm and go from there...(the decrease in friction is my salvation) I can then jack up the other five loads in small amounts and should be safe. I will check each and every round one at a Time...

I will of course crono the dude and then give you an update...Should be flatter and be very good for what I want...

Some like the Heavier 300+ bullets from Garrett but I am going to try this for fun...If it works with this load I can then go to a heavier bullet with the same .427 and see how that works.
I am going to be shooting them out of my 44 Ruger SBH 7 1/2 "...Not the 3 screw.

Friction is the culpret. Each chamber in a revolver is slightly different.
So when I do get the load that is not showing to bad of pressure I will then load it for the six chambers and see how it is from there..

I may not be able to do it for a month but it is on my schedule. This should be a bad a** load.


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Old January 11, 2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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I kinda like XTP-HP hornady.
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Old January 11, 2006, 04:39 PM   #6
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I like the 260 grain WFN from the old LBT molds, just a hint of taper on the nose, other wise a barrel shaped wadcutter. out to one hundred yards 6 inch groups from a ruger black hawk iron sights, less than 3 inch groups out of the Trapper and will kill like thors hammer.
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Old January 11, 2006, 10:17 PM   #7
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My best results so far have been Hornady XTP/HP 240gr with 23.3gr of H110. I have went as hot as 24gr of H110 (published suggested max), but accuracy seemed to fall off a bit. My favorite load for .44 mag is Hornady XTP/HP 200gr bullet with a charge of 26.9gr of H110. All of the above has been tested in MY gun. Every gun is different, always start with lower charges when changing brass, bullet, primer, etc.
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Old January 11, 2006, 10:23 PM   #8
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The Speer 240 gr. mag tip, gives me 1 1/2 in. groups at 50 yds, bench held from my Ruger Redhawk 7 1/2 in. barrel.
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Old January 11, 2006, 11:13 PM   #9
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The XTP is a good bullet, very accurate.

A really well cast 429421 is the most accurate bullet I have ever found for 44 mag, especially at long range. Look to some of the custom casters for good ones to try.
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Old January 12, 2006, 12:50 AM   #10
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Quote:
caz223 I kinda like XTP-HP hornady.
I've had the best luck with the XTP as well in a jacketed bullet. I bought some Speer "plated S P" bullets that shot pretty bad. But then again you may have different results
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Old January 12, 2006, 07:38 AM   #11
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My best results so far have been Hornady XTP/HP 240gr with 23.3gr of H110.
The first H110 load I tried was 23.0 grains, and once I shot it, that's where I left my powder measure.
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Old January 12, 2006, 10:54 AM   #12
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caz, I'm with you. That's my favorite .44mag load.
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Old January 12, 2006, 11:32 AM   #13
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Hornady XTP's are very nice.

I haven't used anything other than the 180gr offering, but I was very happy with the accuracy of it. I'd like to try the 240gr XTP at some point from what I am hearing here.
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Old January 12, 2006, 11:36 AM   #14
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I've had lots of luck with Redline Ballistics' 240gr LSWC offered by Dillon. These are my plinking bullets and are much more accurate than the Rainier copper plated bullets Dillon also offers.

They don't lead my barrel as long as I use a reasonable powder charge (H110, Titegroup, Unique, 5-10% below published max load).

They smoke a little from the lube burning off as it goes down the barrel, but they are surprisingly accurate. For $25-ish for a box of 500, you can't go wrong.
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Old January 12, 2006, 03:53 PM   #15
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my super blackhawk with serria 240 jhp and 24 grns of h4227 :P
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