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Old 09-06-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Winchester 296 Ball powder

Been loading 44 spagnum with this powder. Load data says never use reduced loads with 296 in this caliber otherwise you will end up with either a squib or excess pressures. A gunsmith told me that you can indeed load down 296. Who is right? I know a few guys who load 44mag with Unique or 2400.

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W-296 is a powder that likes to fill 95-100% of the available case capacity (with the bullet seated). There used to be "work up" data published, but Winchester found some problems. I would follow the manufacturer's recommendations! Ask your gunsmith if he will replace your firearm and pay your medical expenses if his information is incorrect.

I have it on good authority that W-296 and H-110 are the EXACT same thing. They are now made/marketed by the same outfit. This may be true. I'm still not going to use data for one powder, with another powder.
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