Reloading for 44 Magnum and Blue dot. Anybody have any recipes?
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:23 AM   #1
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Default Reloading for 44 Magnum and Blue dot. Anybody have any recipes?

Hi guys. I have 2 pounds of Hercules Blue Dot and and going to use it in reloading some 44 magnum shells next week. I will be using 240 grain lead wadcutters. Anybody know of some good recipes for this combination?

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Blue Dot can generate high pressures in the .44 Mag.

Check these loads out. You did not say what the BHN of your lead bullets were or the diameters? Make sure you have a hard lube Blue Dot at 37,000 Cups generates a lot of heat. Good Luck

http://www.handloads.org/loaddata/default.asp?Caliber=44%20Magnum&Weight=All&type=Ha ndgun&Order=Powder&Source=Alliant

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Thanks NS. Too much to type on my phone
Just looking for a 'plinking load', nothing for serious work. when I get home I'll look for the BHn and diameter.

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Blue Dot will not likely make a good plinking load. When reduced down below 13.9 grs under a 240 grs. bullet around 1,300 Fps. it tends to be very unpredictable. Stay with minimum recommended loads. I would look at 5744 as a possible light load. 5744 provides the bulk to fill the cavernous .44 case and provide lower pressures.

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Blue Dot will not likely make a good plinking load. When reduced down below 13.9 grs under a 240 grs. bullet around 1,300 Fps. it tends to be very unpredictable. Stay with minimum recommended loads. I would look at 5744 as a possible light load. 5744 provides the bulk to fill the cavernous .44 case and provide lower pressures.
My main problem right now is powder. There isn't much of anything on the shelves wherever I go. And Im sure it wont get any better until you know whos crown tumbles. So I have 2 pounds of Blue dot just begging to be given the chance.
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I understand there are component problems every where. Blue Dot will be fine except the loads do not fall into the "Target" load category. You are an experienced shooter just shoot the magnum loads. Blue Dot will provide some nice long range rock busting.

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I understand there are component problems every where. Blue Dot will be fine except the loads do not fall into the "Target" load category. You are an experienced shooter just shoot the magnum loads. Blue Dot will provide some nice long range rock busting.
I have no problem with the recoil of regular 44 mag loads. So these dangerous pressures are from the lighter loads, or heavier loads?
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I use blue dot to reload magnum shotshells. A neighbor of mine will buy enough to load a few boxes of ammo. I know he has a 357 mag. He likely has a 44 mag. I will ask him if he has any 44 mag recipes.

I found some in a hurry. The writer said his blue dot recipe is the cleanest load he has and it is great for deer hunting. Google is your friend.
http://www.handloads.com/loaddata/default.asp?Caliber=44%20Magnum&Weight=All&type=Ha ndgun

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Thanks Nightstalker and John_Deer

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The "Lighter" loads. Not that are expressly dangerous but they are or can be very erratic. My fear with this unpredictability is getting a bullet stuck in the barrel. The accuracy also suffers. The recommended Blue Dot loads will work fine with a strong crimp taper or roll. You can expect a fairly sharp recoil. Shooting lead at these pressures does require a hard BHN and bullet that fills the forcing cone. Lead bullet loading should always be based on pressure to BHN.

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