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Old August 6, 2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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mid level .44 loads?

im looking for some mid-level .44 loads.

im shooting a ruger sbh 5.5" bbl, and ive got 240gr swc i cast.

im looking for +/-1100fps.

for this weight of boolit most special loads end below 1000fps, and most magnum loads start above 1200fps.
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Old August 6, 2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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When I get mine I'l be using 240 cast SWC 18.5 grains of 2400 that pushes it about 1100 or so.Check out LYMAN 49th reloading manual more info is there.
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Old August 6, 2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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10.0gr of Unique
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Old August 6, 2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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I'll second 10.0gr of unique. Elmer's old practice load it's very accurate in every gun I've ever shot it in.
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Old August 6, 2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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10.0 of Unique ought to be a good one.

Basically you can use any .45 Colt data for 250 or 255 grain bullets in .44 Magnum, substituting a 240 grain SWC. But not if the .45 load data says "Ruger Only" or +P.
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Old August 6, 2011, 08:29 PM   #6
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Again with the 10gr Unique Load. I've found 8gr. to be more accurate, but it's under 1000. FYI, I use 10gr in my 45LC under 255 and 275.
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Old August 6, 2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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Elmer wiped his butt with a pine cone too.

There are many other powders that will do what you want. I've played with some, maybe this will help - look in the load data section of the 329pd info link. Have fun!
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Old August 6, 2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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19.0 gr 2400 gave me 1287fps from a 7.5" barrel, so if you went with 18.0 gr you would be right on top of what you ask for. No mag primers and give it a good crimp.
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Old August 7, 2011, 12:35 AM   #9
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"...this weight of boolit..." This weight of what?
"...most magnum loads start above 1200fps..." Um, no. You must be looking at 240 grain jacketed loads. Hodgdon cast bullet .44 Mag starting loads run 759 to 866 fps. Max loads run between 940 and 1334.
Win 231 or HP-38 will give you 1100 fps mid-range velocities.
Mind you, what you're planning on using the loads for matters.
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Old August 7, 2011, 09:07 AM   #10
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For your goal I most highly recommend Power Pistol, HS6, and N350.

I would personally start with HS6.
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Old August 7, 2011, 11:43 AM   #11
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This load is accurate and powerful in my S&W M629

S&W M629-4 Stainless, 5" Barrel
240 LSWC 8.5 grs Unique  thrown, Midway Brass WLP		
25-Nov-04	T = 58 °F				
Ave Vel =	1023				 
Std Dev =	25				 
ES =	99				 
Low =	958				 
High =	1057				
N = 	30				

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Old August 17, 2011, 07:46 AM   #12
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Lite-Mid Level 44 Mag Loads

This is what i got from my equipment: WW or RP brass 240gr LSW mostly cast by me, moderate to heavy crimps. Avg of ten rnds.

RedDot 6.5gr/906fps avg
TiteGroup 8.8gr/1092
HP38 7.9gr/922
231 8.2gr/933
SR7625 10gr/1094
Universal 9.2gr/1083
800x 11.4gr/1095
4756 11.0gr/1053
HS6 12.9gr/1082
IMR4227 21.2gr/1064
LilGun 16.8gr/1102

I would check my math against good updated load manuals as I was recruited from the human race.
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