Thread: Need 44Mag help
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Old February 10, 2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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You'll be using one of the fastest pistol powders on the market in a large bore, large case, high-pressure magnum round. It can be done, but you should know going in what you are getting with a load like this.

Using a FAST powder in something like .44 Mag gives you:
--less bullet velocity than you'd expect out of a .44 Magnum load
--ALL the same maximum pressure

You have much, much more risk of an unintended overload when using a fast powder in this round.

Yes, you can do it. The best use of a FAST powder in a round like this is when you wish to make a light that doesn't run a "magnum" velocity and doesn't give the full, heavy recoil of a proper round.

If you have any hopes of making full-power .44 Magnum, you need to find a better powder for the job. If you attempt to run HP-38 hot in .44 Mag, you can blow up a handgun easily.

For published load data, look it up at Hodgdon's fine resource:
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
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