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Old March 3, 2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Happy with my woods load!

Today, I decide to try out my handloads to see how they compare to factory loads. To do this I filled a 5-ream photocopy paper box with my wife's old magazines, old filing documents, brochures etc. Basically dry paper, tightly packed, but not soft newspaper: a heavy thing once full!

The only .44 Mags I can buy over the counter here are S&B 240gr SJSPs.
They are not particularly powerful. I previously had put this magazine wad on the ground and shot one of these S&B factory loads into it to see what would happen. It penetrated no more than an inch and a bit, and completely flattened, being a soft point.

Today, I did the same with my 240gr FMJFN PRVI loads today. These are loaded with 21gr of N110 and are as hot as I'm willing to go having had a split case at 21.5gr.

The rounds went in by about 5-6 inches, the bullets mushroomed, but stayed intact. I think these will do nicely for woods protection!!

Attached are pictures of the penetration thickness, the handloads, and the S&B soft points in a speedloader.
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Old March 3, 2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing, James.

You don't have a chronograph yet. How is the difference in felt recoil?

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Old March 3, 2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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You don't have a chronograph yet. How is the difference in felt recoil?
I do have a chrono. Out of my 4" Redhawk, they reach about 1310 fps.

The recoil is certainly attention grabbing!! On cold days, the web of my palm is sore.
By comparison, the S&B loads I initially shot now feel so mild. And to think I used to complain about their recoil!! How things change!
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Old March 3, 2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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1310 fps. Thanks.

What do the S&B rounds clock?

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Old March 3, 2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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I never chrono'd those, but the manufacturer website quotes a muzzle velocity of 1180 fps from a 6" barrel, so perhaps 1100 from my barrel?

As you can see, fairly mild by comparison
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