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Old 05-27-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default .44 Magnum load for a S&W M-29...?

I have a new "Classic Series" Model-29 S&W .44 Magnum with a 6.5" barrel...

Most of my reloads are mild since I mostly shoot in steel plate matches, but I did have a little 2400 left, so I loaded up 20 rounds with it....
Per my Speer #13 manual, with a 200Gr. JHP they call for a minimum of 22.0Grs. to a maximum of 24.0Grs. I loaded them with 23.5Grs., and it came close to filling the brass, leaving just enough room to press the bullets in....

I weighed the charge a couple of times to make absolutely sure they came out at 23.5Grs. and it's been a long time since I loaded .44 Mag's with 2400....

I'm just a little concerned since I don't want to damage a brand new, hard to find revolver with a hot load. Looking for opinions from some seasoned .44 Mag reloaders as to whether or not this is in fact a safe load to shoot. I know it'll kick like a mule, and I don't shoot full house loads too often, I just don't want to damage the gun......????

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The loads I shoot all the time are a bit hotter than that.

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You should be within limits. 2400 is somewhat bulky. Accuracy load is probably around 23.2 with that bullet. Be SURE you have 44 Magnum brass and not 44 Special.

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I don't use 2400, but you may do some interpolation. I use tightgroup and load a grain short of max for both spl. and mag. 230gr lead for spl and 230gr XTP for mag. Use mag brass for both.
Plenty of punch in both cases. Never a problem. Mag primers for the mags. Magnaported 4" 629. An old one, like me.

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Thanks for the feed back guys, like I said, it's been a while since I loaded with 2400, I'm not used to seeing pistol brass loaded close to the top like that since I mostly use Unique, Bullseye, Herco, SR-7625, and 700-X......

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I think I've tried every suitable powder for the .44, .30M1 carbine and ,357 mags, and I soon settled on H110 for all bullet weights in all three.

I can't get as much velocity with any other powder that I've tried.

I buy it in 8lb caddies.

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I have shot my brothers S&W 44 mag with his mild reloads its very pleasant, I don't like the factory or max loads tho, they sting my hand.

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I have shot my brothers S&W 44 mag with his mild reloads its very pleasant, I don't like the factory or max loads tho, they sting my hand.
Ya need Pachmayr grips. Makes all the difference in the world.
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I use H110 for hunting loads. I sometimes use titegroup too. But there is no comparison between the max load of titegroup and the max of H110. To me the titegroup load is like shooting 44 special when you compare it to the H110 with the same bullet.

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Ya need Pachmayr grips. Makes all the difference in the world.
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