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Old May 8, 2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Establishing the actual diameter you need for reloading

I've been poring over various types and sources of bullets. I have seen different diameters in my chosen reloading debut calibre: .44s.

There are 429s, 430s and even 431s, I think.

So when ordering how can I confirm the actual size that will suit my gun.

Is it trial and error? I hope not as buying bullets has big courier costs, so buying bulk (100-500) at a time is preferable!!

Any tips or are Redhawks known for a given diameter amongst reloaders?
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Old May 8, 2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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The best way is to actually "slug" the bore. Once you know that diameter, then you will know the proper size for that firearm.

As a rule, for safe loading, Jacketed 44's are .429 and lead is 430. Lead is usually .001 over the diameter to insure a good seal.
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Old May 8, 2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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The best way is to actually "slug" the bore. Once you know that diameter, then you will know the proper size for that firearm.

As a rule, for safe loading, Jacketed 44's are .429 and lead is 430. Lead is usually .001 over the diameter to insure a good seal.
Well, I have no idea where or how to slug my barrel!!

My cleaning kit came with a slug attachment: not related, is it?

Good to know about the diameters though: those are the two most commonly listed sizes, so I probably can go with either!!

Really want to get my teeth into this reloading now!!

Waiting on the press and measure, and have to decide on powder (type) and bullets (type and source)

It's gonna be an "in the garage" summer!!
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Old May 8, 2012, 01:54 PM   #4
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Well, the .44 Special and Magnum is .429 for jacketed bullets, and probably plated. With lead being .430.

You'll have to check for other ".44's". A good manual will tell you what you need to know.
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Old May 8, 2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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I never did slug my barrels, I just tried some .430s and it works for me. I suppose the easiest way to slug your barrel is to load 1 or 1.5 grains of bullseye behind a lead boolit and climb a ladder and shoot down into a 5 gal bucket of water.
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Old May 8, 2012, 06:07 PM   #6
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Hornady's jacketed 44s are .430" . Everybody elses are .429 . My SRH doesn't care which I use . Never seen a jacketed .431" 44 bullet , who makes those , and why ?
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