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Old March 12, 2007, 12:30 AM   #1
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Looking for .44 Magnum Predictions.

I'm about to drop 8.0 grains of Universal into a .44 Remington Magnum case and top it off with a taper crimp 240 grain cast SWC. Win LP primer, C.O.L. 1.620". Hodgdon Manual #27. Pg.123. A batch of 100 should do it.

Do I hear any Performance predictions?

I don't have a chronograph. I'll use 20 year old gun show special bullets. It has been almost as many years since I've loaded .44 mag and I have plenty of Universal. In the Hodgdon Manual you can see how much more efficient H110 & W296 are vs. the faster powders. But since I don't want all that velocity I'm going to try something a little different.

I think I'll get ~1000fps & accurracy should be good. I can't reproduce any of the bullets so this batch is to mainly try p.s.i. & buring charataristics & subjective handling.
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Old March 12, 2007, 01:03 AM   #2
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Universal, Universal Clays, not Clays

I would think Universal Clays, or Universal ( not Clays)would be similar to Unique? My guess is that 8 grains in a 6 inch revolver with a good fit cast bullet might get you 1000fps and should shoot accurate. It would make a nice mild load.
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Old March 12, 2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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44 Mag. Predictions.

I think it will be more in the area of 900 fps, I load 8.5 gr of Unique with a 240 gr. cast bullet and am stretching it to get 1000 fps. Universal is just a tiny smidgen less powerful I think.
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Old March 12, 2007, 03:57 PM   #4
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Per Hornady manual 7.5 gr of Clays Universal will produce 1000 fps and is listed at max load out of a 7 1/2" barrel.

A little shorter barrel I would think should drop it under 1000 fps and keep that lead out of the barrel.
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