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VitSports6 01-28-2011 03:23 AM

.44mag loaded similar to .44spl?
It sounds reasonable, to be able to, But I thought I would ask.
They would just be for practice reloads, Using 240gr. bullet.
.44spl IMR-4227 requires a minimum of 15.7gr Maximum of 17.3gr
.44mag IMR-4227 requires a minimum of 22.0gr Maximum of 23.3gr
The only difference is the length of the barrel, .44spl tested with a 4" barrel and the .44mag was tested with a 7.5" barrel.
All this information came from an old Sierra Bullets second edition reloading manual, Yes I should get a newer manual, But its what I have and I usually start at the minimum load suggested.

Logan2302 01-28-2011 04:53 AM

Your old Sierra manual will do just fine.

44 mags are loaded scary hot from the factory IMHO. Keep your loads nice and light, that's what their for if your loading for a 44 mag; a fun target and plincking load.

spittinfire 01-28-2011 12:02 PM

I started with minimum loads in my 44 mag and found that if I went up just a couple of tenths of a grain I had a great load with mild recoil that was pleasant to shoot all day.

stick_man 01-28-2011 02:36 PM

Nothing wrong with using light loads in the .44mag. You might try one of the faster burning powders for the light loads though to keep pressures down and achieve what you are after. They generally have lighter charge weights too, so costs drop a little.

JTJ 01-28-2011 03:07 PM

I cant find my old loading book but I had a load with 240gr HC lead that ran about 800fps. Equal to a 45ACP. Very pleasant to shoot and very accurate with no leading problems. Cheap too. I believe the load was 6.5gr of HP38 but you would have to research it as it was a long time ago. Do not trust this load or any other load without checking it out.

VitSports6 01-28-2011 03:27 PM

Thanks all, I appreciate all the thought.
I've been shooting Remington loaded .44mags I don't remember the bullet gr right off hand, As well I have been using Ramshot "Zip" powder for my 9mm reloads, But they suggest Their "True Blue" or "Enforcer" powder

Here is their loading suggestions Sorry you will need to scroll down, I tried to copy the load chart but it didn't transfer across.

kenl 01-29-2011 06:17 PM

I use a 240grs LSWC over 9.7grs of 700x in my 4" Taurus m44. Book says that it's traveling ~1000fps. Not quite a 44 special load, but is easy to shoot, + is very accurate in my revolver.

This is the first load that I worked up when I started re-loading, and is one of my favorites. BTW, I used 700x because a friend gave me 8lbs, and I wanted to use it for something (don't re-load shotgun shells).

VitSports6 03-20-2011 04:34 PM

I finally got some Nosler 200gr. JHP bullets to reload.
I read up on some of the .44 special loads and RamShot suggests starting at 5gr. of "Zip" power for a start velocity of 760fps with a 6gr. max for 870fps.
They fired well with a very light recoil, One thing I did notice was there was yellow star shaped bits in some of the cases and around the cylinder, I am going to guess this may be unburnt powder, I may up grain to 6gr. and see where that gets me.
The 5gr. was light enough that my 7 year old son was able to shoot it, He liked that.
One reason, I am using Zip over another type from RamShot, I use it for my 9mm reloads and soon I will use it for .40S&W

Rick1967 03-20-2011 05:04 PM

I have light loads and heavy loads for 44 mag. I use titegroup for both. I don't share heavy load info. But my light load is 5.0 of titegroup over a 240 grain lead cast bullet. That is probably about 44 special power level. Very nice to shoot. I use mag primers in everything, even 45 acp.

VitSports6 03-20-2011 08:39 PM

Yes, I forgot to mention I am using #155 Federal Large Pistol Magnum Primers

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