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Old September 17, 2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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.44 Mag and Accurate data, now I'm ticked

Did Accurate Arms lawyer up?

On 12/25/2008, I downloaded their manual, Edition 3.2.2

For Ranier .44 Mag bullets at 240 grains.

No.9 240 RAN FP 18.0 1,326 20.0 1,507 40,000 1.575

Now I check their current online manual Edition 3.3

No.9 240 RAN FP 16.7 1,220 18.6 1,386 34,800 1.575

1.4 Grains less! In fact, I just got back from the Range running at 20 Grains and my Desert Eagle .44 ran like a machine. And if you know anything about DE, its tough to get them to eat reloads.

What in hell happened that they dropped the top end in only 18 months?

I can try 18.6 but the pistol ran so nice, no pressure signs anywhere on the brass. I do load the rounds to 1.600 overall length.
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Old September 17, 2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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Only Accurate can tell you why they changed their data.

It could be the bullets. It could be powder. It could be the insurance company. Only Accurate will know.
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Old September 17, 2010, 05:19 PM   #3
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Rainers are plated not jacketed & there testing to me reflects that the plating won`t hold up to full magnum rigors .
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Old September 18, 2010, 08:34 AM   #4
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GP is right plated start taking a dump once you get over 1200 fps or so.
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Old September 18, 2010, 09:10 AM   #5
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Manuals are a guide, not gospel. It is obvious the thought the lower range was safer.
Load yer own and test for yourself.
For my .44 mag. I used to load my test rounds in twos and go out to the range. I would shoot the low end rounds, examine closely. And I do mean CLOSELY. If no problems, went to next higher increment and repeat. When I reached the point of signs of excessive pressure, I would make a note, go home and load to .1 gr. less for my batch.
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