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Old April 27, 2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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powder for 44 mag rifle 1894

Wanting to get some ideas in what powder to use in my 1894 Marlin chambered in 44 mag. I will be using a 240gr JHP and looking to make a hunting round for this. Any suggestion on what to use?
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Old April 27, 2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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I've always used Hodgdon H110 in my pistol and in my wife's marlin with good results.
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Old April 27, 2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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Check what is listed in each of your loading books and at the manufacturers web pages and take your pick. So many to choose from.

What do you have on hand?
What can you get at your LGS?
What can you get on-line?

For longer barrels, maybe the slower pistol powders. But faster pistol powders work very well.

No good answer to this.

I will tell you the powder that I use. Jacketed 240 grain Hp's Olin 630 (won't find any, and only very old books list it) and for lead 240 SWCs, 231 (used to use Olin 230, again won't find any of that either).

Many like 296/H110. Others hate/love Lt'gun. There is always 2400.

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Old April 27, 2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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In my .44 carbines(both a Marlin lever and a Ruger 77/44) I like H110/W296 or IMR4227 under 240 gr jacketed. While the 4227 does not give quite the velocities that H110/W296 does, is gives great accuracy and because it is less temperature sensitive, gives me more consistency when hunting one day in 70 degrees and three weeks later in -10. IMR4227 really shines in long barrels whether they be carbines or long-piped revolvers. Both H110/W296 and IMR4227 perform better for me than 2400 with 240 grainers in MY .44s. Since I use the same loads in my revolvers that I use in the carbines, Lil' Gun is a no-go.
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Old April 27, 2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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buck460XVR said- IMR4227 really shines in long barrels whether they be carbines or long-piped revolvers.
+1 on 4227. Great loading density and the most accurate load I have for my 1894 .44 magnum rifle.
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Old April 27, 2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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I have very few loads that shoot well. Damn that super-slow 1:38" twist barrel!

But a medium load of 296 with a ranch dog 265 (gas check) seems quite consistent. Heavy hitter!
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Old April 27, 2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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As far as on hand the only thing i have is some Blue Dot. Saw Lil Gun at LGS today..wanted H110 or imr 4227...guess it is just a waiting game in when I can find some...oh the thrill of the hunt for components
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Old April 27, 2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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Blue Dot might be OK. You won't get top velocity out of it, but do you really want that with JHP's? Seems like they are designed to expand at revolver velocities and you're going to pick up a couple of hundred FPS (they might explode like a varmint bullet) Blue Dot will back it down a notch or two -- and you HAVE the Blue Dot, there's something to be said for that.
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Old April 27, 2013, 09:24 PM   #9
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CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond or not covered by currently published maximums for this cartridge. (Well it is listed in an old book, but I don't like to give actual loading amounts.) USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The Firing Line, nor the staff of TFL assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

OK, this is directly from an old Hornady listing, copyright 1990.
Hornady #4420 - 240 grain hollow point
Listing for 'Blue Dot'
Starting - 15.2gr - 1100 fps, 15.9gr - 1150 fps, 16.7gr - 1200 fps, 17.5gr - 1250 fps, 18.2gr - 1300 fps, MAX listed load - 19.0gr - 1350 fps

Blue Dot isn't bad, far from it. Not necessarily my first choice, but I could live with it

Start at the 'Starting' load and work up. You've got 3.8 grains to work in. Better yet, check several sources for comparison first. Don't trust anything on the internet, trust no one!

Always error on the side of safety,

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Old April 28, 2013, 08:24 AM   #10
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Based on my experience with .44 mag. and a Marlin lever gun. The first thing I would do is change the brand of rifle.
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Old April 28, 2013, 09:01 AM   #11
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"The first thing I would do is change the brand of rifle."

oww - that's harsh! I love mine.
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Old April 28, 2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Have an old one with the micro-groove rifling. Shoots fine with jacketed but have to keep the velocities down with cast. 8 grains of Unique and a 240 grain roundnose from a Lee gang mould shoots great, fun to shoot and slips through the action like butter. Also takes deer within 100 yards. Anybody doesn't like 'em got no cowboy in his blood.
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Old April 28, 2013, 04:50 PM   #13
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I use 2400 in my win 94 in 44 mag.
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Old April 28, 2013, 05:29 PM   #14
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2400 always worked well in my Marlin M1894 with lead bullets. Regarding Blue Dot, I recall an article in Shooting Times years ago where the author found Blue Dot and freezing weather were a bad combination-he got flattened primers when using 357s loaded with Blue Dot on winter days.
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Old April 29, 2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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2400
aa9
n110
h110
w296
hs6
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Old April 29, 2013, 06:55 AM   #16
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24 Grains H110 with 240 grain HP/XTP is what I shoot in my Ruger Carbine.

Hope this helps.
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Old April 29, 2013, 07:06 AM   #17
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Doesn't anyone use a Henry BB.? That's what I have haven't started reloading for it yet can't find brass or bullets.I refuse to pay high dollar prices when I do come across it
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Old April 29, 2013, 08:13 AM   #18
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If you're refusing to reload 'cause of high prices, you might be thumb twiddling for a while.
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Old April 29, 2013, 05:21 PM   #19
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I second that
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