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Old August 19, 2013, 10:25 PM   #51
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Just an update:

My loads with 800X shot decent, but leading with 240 hard cast was terrible. I tried a starting load of H110 that left narry a streak of lead but accuracy was so-so. My local shop has some 2400. I think I will try that since I'm not a huge fan of shooting full-throttle loads all the time.
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Old August 19, 2013, 11:31 PM   #52
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My loads with 800X shot decent, but leading with 240 hard cast was terrible. I tried a starting load of H110 that left narry a streak of lead but accuracy was so-so. My local shop has some 2400. I think I will try that since I'm not a huge fan of shooting full-throttle loads all the time.
Have I mentioned Herco yet? About 12 grains should be good (but near max) with 240's, work your way down from there if that's still too close to "full throttle".
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Old August 20, 2013, 01:51 AM   #53
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I have used five different powders for the .44 magnum:

1. Hercules/Alliant Bullseye: A decent powder, but I wanted more case density.
2. Hercules/Alliant Blue Dot: Used for 3/4 to full throttle loads.
3. Hercules/Alliant Herco: An excellent powder; I have used 9.0 grains with my cast 250 grain Keith style SWC with excellent results.
4. H110/W296: When I want the BOOM and the BLAST! VERY high performance powder; needs a good load and heavy crimp.
5. Hercules/Alliant Unique: This has become my go-to powder. I don't hunt with my .44 (a Model 29), just shoot it for pleasure. I use what I have found was Elmer Keith's accuracy load for the Magnum: 8.5 grains of Unique under the 250 Keith style LSWC, cast from RCBS molds, sized to .430 and lubed with Javelina Alox. A very nice load--won't try to launch itself to the moon and is actually pleasant to shoot. Also, it is the most accurate load for my revolver.
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Old August 20, 2013, 06:10 AM   #54
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Availability, my friend. Right now I can't even find 4895. My shop has H110 and 2400, though. If 2400 could do 1200 fps at the pressures needed to keep my barrel clean with hard cast, I would consider that a good high volume load. If one were able to find Herco, where does it fall on the burn rate chart?
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Old August 20, 2013, 07:45 AM   #55
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If one were able to find Herco, where does it fall on the burn rate chart?
It's between Unique and Blue Dot -- probably closer to Unique. Not sure how it compares to AA#5 but it is definitely faster than AA#7. And it is very bulky.
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Old August 21, 2013, 08:34 AM   #56
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Personally, I strongly dislike trying to select the "best" of anything. It is usually an impossible goal.
What I like about reloading, and with the .44 mag. especially, is the versatility one can get. I have used many powders and loads in my maggie. To my way of thinking, there simply is not "best" powder.
However, as my shooting declined for health reasons I did settle on one powder as a comprimise, but still excellent, all-arounder powder. And that is H110.
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Old August 22, 2013, 03:20 PM   #57
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there is no "best"

While MY lots of H110 and W296 differ significantly, and N110 is awesome, I reach for AA9 for less-than-nuke 44 Magnum. It offers both high velocity AND stellar accuracy.
It also doesn't much care about operating environment.

And I wouldn't be sad if I could only get 2400......
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Old August 22, 2013, 06:01 PM   #58
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For hunting (read: hot) loads: 24.0 gr H110 and 240 gr XTP

For a moderate target load: 12.5 gr 800x and 240 gr Nosler SJSP

I also have some AA No. 9 and Alliant MP-300 on hand that I haven't tried yet. The MP-300 supposedly will produce hot loads like the W296/H110 without having to use magnum primers.
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Old August 22, 2013, 10:58 PM   #59
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If you don't press the velocity/pressure envelope, then I wouldn't use 296/H110.
If you want a new powder, Power Pro 300MP.
I'm still more than satisfied with the accuracy and consistency of 2400 and 4227. I give up maybe 50 fps at the top, but I load for accuracy and not max velocity.
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Old August 25, 2013, 12:12 AM   #60
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You can make an old powder modern with a new load.

Modern 44 mag loads must compensate for global warming


"Speer 3" 1959 44 mag 240 gr. JSP..........23.0 gr. 2400 1564 fps
"Speer 6" 1964 44 mag 240 gr. JSP..........23.0 gr. 2400 1564 fps
"Speer 7" 1966 44 mag 240 gr. JSP..........23.0 gr. 2400 1564 fps
"Speer 8" 1970 44 mag 240 gr. JSP..........23.0 gr. 2400 1521 fps
"Speer 9" 1974 44 mag 240 gr. JSP..........19.5 gr. 2400 1344 fps
"Speer 10" 1979 44 mag 240 gr. JSP&MSP 22.2 gr. 2400 1392 fps.
"Speer 11" 1987 44 mag 240 gr. JSP&MSP 22.2 gr. 2400 1452 fps
"Speer 12" 1994 44 mag 240 gr. JSP&MSP 17.7 gr. 2400 1271 fps
"Speer 13" 1998 44 mag 240 gr. JSP&MSP 21.0 gr. 2400 1434 fps
"Speer 14" 2007 44 mag 240 gr. JSP&MSP 21.0 gr. 2400 ???? fps


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Old August 26, 2013, 03:51 PM   #61
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H110 and W296 are definitely HOT powders in the .44 Mag., but I personally don't care to shoot many of them at a time. Why? Because the recoil seems to be much sharper than my loads with 2400. And my chronograph shows that all I gain is +/-100 fps or so depending on the load. The real deal maker with 2400 for me is accuracy. Nothing I've tried has matched the load to load accuracy of good old 2400.

I do want to try some MP-300, but I have not been able to find it anywhere in my area.
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Old September 13, 2013, 01:10 PM   #62
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Large Pistol Primers with H110?

not to hijack this thread but the thread falls close to my question:

Can I safely use Large pistol primers with H 110 for 44mag loads?

grabbed up some H110 cause it was available at a gun show. when I got home I realized I didn't have any large pistol magnum primers.

these damn shortages of everything is beyond tedious
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Old September 13, 2013, 01:21 PM   #63
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Can I safely use Large pistol primers with H 110 for 44mag loads?
I believe you're stuck, but primers are showing up here and there. Check all your local resources for even a single pack.
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Old September 14, 2013, 06:41 AM   #64
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Old September 14, 2013, 02:40 PM   #65
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I don't know if someone mentioned this, if they did I missed it, but 296 and H110 are exactly the same powder in different marketed cans. You can't beat 2400 it's a great powder with more flexability, you can load it up or down.
My two most accurate hand loads for both .44mag. and .357mag. use it.
296/H110 and lil'gun seem to come into their own when using heavier for caliber bullets up in the 300/350gr. range. At least that's what I've used them for in .44mag. and .45 Colt hunting loads.
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Old September 15, 2013, 07:11 AM   #66
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perhaps

In the old(er) days, they were decidedly different.

My current stock of each show marked individual physical and performance characteristics (W295?).
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Old September 15, 2013, 10:49 AM   #67
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Anymore, all I use in all my magnum handgun calibers is Accurate 4100.

Great accuracy and performance at full charge loads, can be downloaded a lot with no ill effects, and no magnum primers are required. And it's the finest grained powder you will ever use.
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Old September 15, 2013, 05:36 PM   #68
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And, AA #4100 is identical to Ramshot Enforcer and their load range is similar to 2400's in that they can be safely loaded down where Hodgdon recommends that you don't reduce charges with W296/H110 below 3% of a Max. Charge. The various load manuals differ on Hodgdon's recommendation but W296/H110 are at their best at near Max. or at Max. charges. 4100 and Enforcer are spherical with higher volumetric density than 2400 that's a flake powder. Alliant does have a new Spherical called 300-MP that's getting some good reviews, but I don't find any need to use anything other than Enforcer for full power magnum loads and True Blue for mid level loads up to the level where Enforcer is better used.
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