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Old November 28, 2002, 12:59 PM   #1
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Target load for the .44mag using 240gr jacketed bullets?

I just put a Millet red dot sight on my S&W 629 Classic. I would like to load up some mild, accurate target loads for recreational shooting. I only have W-296 powder and 240gr Winchester jacketed bullets.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old November 28, 2002, 02:08 PM   #2
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W296 does weird things if you load it too lightly, I use Unique for light to medium loads and 296 for serious stuff.
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Old November 28, 2002, 03:31 PM   #3
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Target load for the .44mag using 240gr

Target load for the .44mag using 240gr:
8.0 grains of UNIQUE
17.5 grains of 2400
5.0 grains of UNIQUE
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Old November 28, 2002, 09:20 PM   #4
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No. 1 - Buy a reloading manual
No. 2 - Use any of the .44 Special loads

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Old November 28, 2002, 10:47 PM   #5
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I'll second , third and fourth all of the above.
Approx. 15 to 17 gr of 2400 makes a very pleasant target load w/jacketed or hard cast lead 240 gr bullets.
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Old November 29, 2002, 10:52 PM   #6
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I always recommend loading manuals. Any reloader needs one, or more. Just as a matter of principle, and because of an almost unfortunate situation, I don't give out any reloading info by phone or on the web. Too much chance of an error on my part or a misunderstanding on the part of the reader.

I once suggested to a friend over the phone that a load of x.y grains of Z powder in .38 Special was a mild target load. In reviewing his notes, my friend missed the decimal point. Thank goodness he called again and mentioned his loads of xy grains; I straightened him out, but whew!

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Old November 30, 2002, 01:44 AM   #7
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7.3 grains of Universal and a 240 grain LSWC shoots some mighty fine holes out to 50 yards with my Redhawk!

I lightly roll crimp into the cannelure for a consistent burn too. But a light taper crimp may work as well.
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Old November 30, 2002, 12:45 PM   #8
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44 Magnum is a very accurate round in most any configuration.

However, you mentioned "...mild, accurate target loads..." and WW 296.

296 is a top end full power powder. Check out most any loading manual (Jim Keenan's right, you need a couple) and it will show you that even a light load of 296 is a high end load.

Unique is a good midrange powder. There are others. If you load for other calibers (or will), another can of powder is a fact of life.

But start with the loading books. I recommend Lyman and Speer and Hornady and Hodgdon. Perhaps not in that order.
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Old November 30, 2002, 11:28 PM   #9
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Like Jim Keenan said...
Get book.
Better yet, get two books.
Read em cover to cover.

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Old December 1, 2002, 07:32 PM   #10
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7.3g Universal Clays under a 240g LSWC makes some serious groups (IPSC, you know) from my Redhawk, too.
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Old December 4, 2002, 10:46 AM   #11
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Green Dot (Green Dot? Yes, Green Dot!) makes very fine cast bullet loads. Check a Alliant and Lyman manuals for loads. sundog
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