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Old May 19, 2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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.44 spl and Hdgdon Cowboy loads

OK I am a newbie and confused with Hogdon Data Sheet.

I have Missouri Bullet Co Cowboy 240 gr #13 LSWC bullets and the revolver is a Old Vaquero .44
I am loading with Hodgdon HP-38 powder.

Their Data on page 22 says 240 gr LSWC bullet and use Max load of 5.2 gr of
Hodgdon HP-38 powder reduce by 10% to start.

But then on page 24 under Cowboy Action Data says 240 gr LSWC bullet and use Min load of 5.5 gr of Hodgdon HP-38 powder and Maximum of 7.2 gr.

This doesnt make sense to me.
What am I missing?

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Old May 20, 2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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I got this from Hodgdon’s web site
240 GR. CAST LSWC Hodgdon HP-38 1.450"OAL
start 4.2g 717fps 8,400 CUP
max 5.2g 858fps 13,200 CUP
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Old May 20, 2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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This was addressed in your thread at THR.

It appears you confused data for .44mag and .44spcl. The 5.5 to 7.2 range was for .44mag cases to be shot in a .44mag gun. Use the .44 special data for cowboy loads in .44 special cases.
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