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Old February 2, 2012, 07:30 AM   #1
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favorite .44 Rem Mag load

going to Texas on a pig hunt. Loading .44 R mag (Redhawk pistol). Have 240 gr lead and 240 gr hollow pts.
Good stock of Alliant and IMR powders. Any real favorites to share?

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Old February 2, 2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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I use 21.1 grains of Alliant 2400 under a 240gr Nosler JHP with CCI non-mag large pistol primers to run a Desert Eagle. This load is over published max in some manuals, but not in all of them. It's a stiff load, no doubt.
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Old February 2, 2012, 08:50 AM   #3
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I like to whack things hard . My Pig and Bear load is a 300 Gr. XTP over 20 Gr. of W-296 . Make a decent shot , and you won't have to chase them !
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Old February 2, 2012, 08:53 AM   #4
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Pigs aren't that hard to kill.
Load to near factory specs and you will be fine.
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Old February 2, 2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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I would definitely choose the 240 gr lead over the hollow points, especially if they are hardcast (18 Brinell +). Penetration is what you want for pigs.

Whichever powder will drive them at about 1350-1400 fps at the muzzle with good accuracy is the one to use. I like 23 gr of WW296 and WLP primers, with a good crimp.
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Old February 2, 2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Using 240 gr. hardcast lead, I've had excellent results (mule deer) when using 19 gr. of 2400 or 22.5 gr. of IMR 4227.

Ruger Super BlackHawk, 7.5in BBL.
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Old February 2, 2012, 03:39 PM   #7
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I have a ton of Missouri 240 Keith's with an 18 brinnel and hundreds of 240 and 300 gr XTP's. Out of these bullets what do you think would be the best for deer and pigs, loaded with 2400?
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Old February 2, 2012, 03:46 PM   #8
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Elmer preferred his lead!

As a note, I've hunted with both and I also prefer hardcast. It simply penetrates better than the XTP.
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Old February 2, 2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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19-20gr of 2400 seems to work well with Lee 240gr LSWC-GC bullets in my 7.5" SBH as well. I ran a large test series from 17.5-22grs and low and behold, the load that every one else recommended ended up being one of the most accurate. It seems to have a wide sweet spot in this revolver.
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Old February 2, 2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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Good stock of Alliant and IMR powders. Any real favorites to share?

Iffin you got IMR4227, 23 grains under that 240 gr JHP should work. On hogs tho, I prefer a JSP or hardcast to a JHP.
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Old February 3, 2012, 12:08 AM   #11
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I load H110 in 357Mag, 41Mag, 44Mag, and 454Casull.

Firm crimps and no whimps
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Old February 3, 2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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I'll throw in one more for the 4227, I had two loads that worked really well in my 629, 22gr with a jacketed 240 or 23 gr with a lead 240.
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Old February 3, 2012, 08:46 PM   #13
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I like the 19-20gr of 2400 with the 240gr bullet too.
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Old February 3, 2012, 11:41 PM   #14
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I use and the MO 240 Keith's 240 with 20gr of 2400. Excellent load.
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Old February 4, 2012, 01:53 AM   #15
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I have two pet loads, both with H110. Bullets are either 240gr or 300gr Hornady XTP's using the max load listed in most reloading manuals, that being 24.0 and 20.0 grains of H110.
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Old February 4, 2012, 04:42 AM   #16
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Can't add much to what has already been posted, you should be able to get it done with any of those loads.

When you come down bring plenty of coolers, plenty of rounds, and take home as many as you can.

Good luck with your hunt.
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Old February 4, 2012, 08:19 AM   #17
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Using 240 gr. hardcast lead, I've had excellent results (mule deer) when using 19 gr. of 2400
That's my load too. Out of my 7.5 inch Super Blackhawk it's accurate and powerful enough for anything I want to handgun.
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Old February 4, 2012, 10:06 AM   #18
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For my .41 Mag AA#9 realy shines through with cast bullets, and with jacketed. At max levels it comes to within a few FPS of H-110, and unlike the H-110 it can be loaded down safley for cast lead. It has less flash than 2400 as well. A friend of mine likes to use it in his .44 Mag, also you do not have to use Magnum primers. A standard Large Pistol Primer will work just fine with it.

Oh I have had good luck with it using Remington JSP on hogs. Last one I shot was at 20 yards it was in the 450 pounds or so range. A nice through and through with a wide exit. The hog looked like it made a bit of a jump, and its knees bucked and it dropped where it was hit.
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Old February 4, 2012, 12:49 PM   #19
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Hornady 240gr XTP and H110/W296, CCI350 primers.

Elmer didn't have XTP's, or he would've used them.
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Old February 4, 2012, 05:59 PM   #20
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I have two pet loads, both with H110. Bullets are either 240gr or 300gr Hornady XTP's using the max load listed in most reloading manuals, that being 24.0 and 20.0 grains of H110.
I'll have to give that a try on my 629.
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Old February 4, 2012, 08:57 PM   #21
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I have 2 pet loads for my 44s a MO Keith 240 over 10gr of unique and a 300gr XTP over 20gr of 296.
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Old February 5, 2012, 06:49 AM   #22
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Those are heavy loads for a S&W-29 . The 300 probably won't chamber ! I load the 300s to the bottom cannelure , and they won't chamber in my friends Smith 29 .
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Old February 5, 2012, 12:48 PM   #23
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Try the Penn 320 GR SSK.
These out of a Ruger 77/44 will pull good grouping at 100 yards if you can get the drop figured out. One of these took a 230 pound deer last season and dropped him in his tracks and did minimal tissue damage.
If you go to Penn’s web site and open up there 44 cal bullet section, then click on the 320 Grain SSK bullet. There is a “click here” button on a very good article from Handgun Hunter using the bullet.
I have hunted pigs in the past. It’s one tough animal that you want penetration not expansion.
http://www.pennbullets.com/44/44-caliber.html
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Old February 6, 2012, 01:05 AM   #24
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Ruger SBH 44Mag. 255gr Keith-IMR 4227 240gr JHP and 300gr Barns-W296.
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