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Old 11-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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I have finally put together my one-caliber combo, a Puma 92 lever in .44 Mag, and a Ruger New Super Blackhawk to match. I'm thinking that 180 grain bullets make more sense than 240 for the combo. Any advice?


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Old 11-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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For hunting? Go with the 240.


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Competition or hunting? I load a 200 grain lead round nose for IDPA. I use a 240 XTP for hunting. That new Model Super Blackhawk can handle 300 grain XTP. But it is a serious handful. I tried those in mine. They would be good for hunting. But no fun at range at all.
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Depends on the rifle. A lot of lever guns are sensitive to cartridge overall length and bullet ogive design.

240 is better for hunting than 180 and will liekly cycle more reliably in a levergun.
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If I just set my LOA at the bench to the Lyman recommendation for the rifle, that should cover me, right?
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It would help if you answer the questions first?? I like others would try 240gr bullets or heavier. What are you wanting to use it for hunting , target shooting play time??
Maybe bulk spft lead bullets will do fine . maybe hardcast or hp ??
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Default Yes, it 'should'.

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If I just set my LOA at the bench to the Lyman recommendation for the rifle, that should cover me, right?
However, sometimes one must seat a lighter bullet 'out' further to get the proper length. That can then allow a 'looseness' in the case mouth fit and consequently either push bullets deeper or pull the bullet entirely spilling powder into the magazine and action.

Using a light-for-caliber bullet (f'rinstance, 180 in a .44 mostanything) will give a muzzle velocity boost which seems 'enhancing'. However, with a lower sectional density, the bullet loses velocity quicker, resulting in lower downrange velocity, 'power' and greater bullet drop.

A light-for-caliber bullet can lower recoil. But not much.

None of this is to say one cannot use 180 bullets in .44 Magnum handguns or carbines. Just there's not much point.
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Realistically, any hunting will be inside 100 yards. I got a good deal on PMC 180 solid flats, so I'm a bit heavy there. But I have reloaded .44 spec for years with 240 swc, and can continue there. Sounds like a good thing to do with the brass from the 180!


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