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Old August 27, 2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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reloading question

I would like to try loading some .44 magnums. I have some 2400 powder and Speer 240 gr lswc bullets. I can't seem to find the data that I need in any of my books. Could anyone help me with the starting and max. loads I need? Thanks
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Old August 27, 2015, 12:28 PM   #2
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Use any data for a cast 240. Who made the bullet doesn't matter.
Data for a cast 250 will do too.
These are max loads. Reduce by 10%.
http://www.reloadammo.com/44loads.htm
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Old August 27, 2015, 06:32 PM   #3
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Well from the Lyman 49th edition manual, a 240 gr jacketed HP is shown with 18.4 to 20.5 gr 2400. But a 240 gr jacketed HC (?) Is shown with 17.5 to 19.5 gr 2400. Couldn't come up quickly with the definition of HC--maybe hollow cavity or hollow cone. A 240 gr lead bullet is shown with 18.5 to 20.6 gr 2400.
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Old August 27, 2015, 07:01 PM   #4
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Good data, that. Thanks Condor Bravo. There are other good, even great, powders, but I too really like 2400, as it seems to do very well in moderate, as opposed to barn burner, loads. Which moderate loads I really like. Also it is a very cast bullet friendly powder, for some reason.
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Old August 28, 2015, 04:11 PM   #5
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Look at the older Alliant data here > http://castpics.net/dpl/
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Old August 29, 2015, 08:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys
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Old August 29, 2015, 11:26 AM   #7
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Are the Speer bullets cast or swaged? Makes a big difference. Swaged bullets are really soft and need much lighter loads. Swaged bullets can have a tendency to lead at "normal" cast bullet velocities/pressures (skidding)...

That being the case, check with Speer to find some load data for their .44 bullet...
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Old August 29, 2015, 03:03 PM   #8
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I've always used 240 gr Keith hard cast with 21.5 gr 2400 and CCI mag primers.
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