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Old December 12, 2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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44mag Unique Powder Light Loads

Good morning...

I've been a fan of Unique for as long as I've been reloading. My typical hunting load with the .44mag (Taurus M44 and Ruger Super Redhawk) is 10.9gr of Unique pushing a 240 grain jacketed soft point. I've killed lots of deer and targets with this load.

I have a lighter trail gun coming down the pike, and would like to stick with Unique and the 240 gr JSP's, without breaking my wrist. Any suggestions on a nice plinking / anti-coyote round. 8.5 grains of Unique? Any reason not to go even lighter than that?

I want to avoid using Special cases, as I have a massive supply of the magnums from years of shooting.

I welcome any suggestions. Thanks.
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Old December 12, 2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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.44 Mag Light loads w/Unique powder

8.8 grains will do just fine..you can use as little as 8.0 grains.

For my light loads I use 8.0 of Promo with a 214 Lee SWC or the Lyman 215 SWC-GC bullet. I shoot a Model 29 and a Ruger Superblackhawk, both with long barrels. I prefer Promo as it is bulkier and a bit more consistent, but there is nothing wrong with using Unique.
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Old December 12, 2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Thanks Wally. I tried throwing a few charges from my Lee Auto Disk last night, and one of the apertures gives me a nice, consistent 8.3 grains.

I may try that and work up to 8.8.
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Old December 12, 2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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10 grains and a 250 grain Keith SWC
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Old December 12, 2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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I'd like to stick with the 240gr JSP's, since I'm stocked up on them.
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Old December 12, 2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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8.0g to 10.0g of Unique should get you where you want to be.... Somewhere in there should be an accurate load. I personally don't shoot jacketed bullets in any of my revolvers, so no specific loads for you from any of my tests....
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Old December 12, 2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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In my 45 colt revolver and my 92 rifle I use Unique for hunting (close to maximum loads) and use Trailboss powder for plinking / target loads. You might want to try some Trailboss in your 44 magnum as a less than maximum load option.
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Old December 12, 2012, 04:09 PM   #8
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10 grains and a 250 grain Keith SWC
^^That's my general purpose/plinking load. Keith/Lyman 429421 with 10 grains Unique.
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Old December 13, 2012, 06:51 AM   #9
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Page 43/44 should help OP:

https://glarp.atk.com/2004/2004Catal...ntPowderSM.pdf
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Old December 13, 2012, 09:19 AM   #10
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For light loads in my Redhawk .44 mag. I use 180 gr. or 210 gr. hard cast SWCs and Win. 231 powder. Might be considered 'light' for a .44 mag. but still a killer load.
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Old December 14, 2012, 06:23 PM   #11
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Alliant has good loads for 240’s with Unique, one for lead is 800 FPS which is an equivalent 44 special load.
http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/index.aspx
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Old December 14, 2012, 07:04 PM   #12
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Two suggestions for you:

1. Start casting your own! I cast the 250 grain Keith type LSWC, out of straight wheelweights; sized to .430, and lubed with Javelina Alox. Those bullets shoot wonderfully on top of 8.5 of Unique, and are very, very accurate.

2. I'd also recommend a short barrel (4-6") for these loads. Recoil is actually not too bad, but in a longer barrel (like my 8 3/8" Model 29) there's some serious in-barrel time that will cause them to shoot quite high if the charge is too low.

For a really good, accurate fun load, you could use the 200 grain JHP on the same charge. More velocity and flatter trajectory.
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Old December 14, 2012, 08:10 PM   #13
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I saw on another thread that u can use 38sp data to load lite 357 target loads, is the same true with the 44sp and the 44 mag?
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Old December 14, 2012, 11:14 PM   #14
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Why don't you just buy a .22lr pistol? Or carry a 45acp semi-auto?
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Old December 15, 2012, 02:35 PM   #15
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Beginner, that is true. However, if you use that in .357 cases you might want to consider a faster powder, such as Bullseye, HP38/W231 or the like.

As someone mentioned above, I have heard lots of good stuff about Trail Boss powder.
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:38 PM   #16
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I've used 8-10 gr of Unique in 41, 44spl, 44mag, and 45 Colt under cast bullets. Very pleasant and accurate.
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Old December 16, 2012, 01:06 AM   #17
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I'm not sure if I should say anything or not. I use 10 grains of Unique with Missouri Bullet 240 grain Elmer K lead swc. I pretty much thought of that as my "light" load. I load Nosler 240 grain JSPs with 21.0 of 2400. The 10 grain Unique loads are bunnyphart compared to the 2400 loads.
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Old December 16, 2012, 12:04 PM   #18
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My light loads are 5-5.5gr Bullseye and 250gr cast boolit in a 44mag case.
Shoot good and kick like a 22 pistol.
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Old December 17, 2012, 07:37 AM   #19
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Why don't you just buy a .22lr pistol? Or carry a 45acp semi-auto?
I have both, and carry them quite frequently...

I'm just looking for some input on light Unique loads, using a JSP...I think the intent of my original post was pretty much overlooked!
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