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Old 11-15-2011, 03:20 AM   #11
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Yes, I agree. You should invest in a manual. Don't try reloading without reading up on it first. That is why I did not tell you how much powder would be used in either cartirdge. Just know that they are not interchangable. Reloading is not complicated. But it is precise.
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As others have stated, the weight of the bullet is the same. The diameter of the bullet is a little different. The .45 uses a .451" diameter bullet and the .44 uses a .429 or .430" diameter bullet.

The operating pressures of the two cartridges are very different. The .45 ACP is a relatively low pressure cartridge. It is capable of shooting the standard 230 gr bullet around 900 fps. The .44 Magnum is a high pressure cartridge. It is capable of launching the 240 gr bullet near 1400 fps.

The difference in power is like night and day. Most consider the .44 Mag too powerful for defensive use. It is difficult to control (for most shooters) and WILL overpenetrate a two legged target.
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I was just getting confused wasnt trying to piss any one off by asking just about the same question more than once. Thanks for the info
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DEagle, don't worry. Keep asking questions. A good way to learn.
When I started shooting (waaaay before computers) I would check out used book stores for good books on everything shooting related. Of course a lot of info was outdated, but the basics remain the same. Now with the internet it's a lot easier to find the info you need, but you have to be careful that what you're reading is fact and not someones opinion. I think that's the reason folks are telling you to check out reloading books.
A good idea even if you aren't going to reload. Scour used book stores and library sales for good cheap books. Also look for old Flaydermans or Blue Books to get an idea of different guns, their quality, and their value.
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I was just getting confused wasnt trying to piss any one off by asking just about the same question more than once. Thanks for the info
The only stupid question is the one that you dont ask.. I ask alot of questions to if im trying to learn or figure out something..
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Yes, I agree. You should invest in a manual. Don't try reloading without reading up on it first. That is why I did not tell you how much powder would be used in either cartirdge. Just know that they are not interchangable. Reloading is not complicated. But it is precise.
In short answer to the .45ACP VS .44 Rem Mag question:

The .45 is marginally wider, but the cartridge lacks the massive

power of the slightly narrower, but same weight .44 bullet.

I have to agree you've progressed to the point where a good

reloading manual will be a great help to you.

Hornady or Speer's 8th Edition, Lyman's or Lee are all a

literal fountain of knowledge to the average gun-owner,

regardless of whether you ever reload ammo. IMO,

any one is 35$ well spent.
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