Powder for .44 mag

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by west33, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. west33

    west33 New Member

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    Hello, I want to start reloading some .44 mag . I curently use Hodgdon hp-38 for my 9mm. Just wondering if that's a good powder for .44 mag or if there's a better powder for that caliber. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    personally i use Alliant Power Pistol for my 44 Spl. and 44 Mag. loads. i use it for all my pistol loads with pretty good results so far. seems to be a very versatile powder for pistol loads.
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Other good powders are 2400, H110/W296 and IMR 4227.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use Titegroup for all of my pistol calibers. I shoot a lot of 44 special and 44 mag. But when I want to make really heavy wrist breaking 44 mag loads I use H110. But it is not safe to reduce H110. So with that it is all or nothing. There are no girly 44 mag loads with H110. (no offense intended to the ladies)
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    What are you trying to achieve?
    For light plinking loads HP38/231 will be fine.
    For full strength, "no more messing around" loads, 296/H110, one of the 4227 powders or 2400 will be better options.

    Time to break out the data.
     
  6. west33

    west33 New Member

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    For now I'm looking for target loads. But I am going on a boar hunt next month and I'm considering using the .44 mag. Thanks for all the advise everyone!
     
  7. 25-5

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    I only use .44 magnum brass. Load to spl. Or mag. specs. W296 or Tightgroup.
     
  8. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I know how you guys shoot, so none taken! :p
     
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use WW 296/H110 exclusively for .44 mag, .357 mag and .30carbine.
    AAC#9, 2400, 4227 will work well, but will not achieve the same velocity or power.

    For reduced loads, I load .38 specials and .44 Specials.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    For full power loads I only use W296.
     
  11. s4s4u

    s4s4u New Member

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    What is it that you want this load to accomplish? You can load the 44 from mild to wild. HS-6 or True Blue for light duty and H-110 or 296, or Enforcer if you want to feel it.
     
  12. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    296 is my staple powder for full pressure loads. I use unique for light loads and and you can't go wrong with 4227 either.
     
  13. west33

    west33 New Member

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    Looks like H-110or 296 is the way to go for hunting loads at least. Who makes the 2400? Thanks so much for all the advise!
     
  14. Anna_Purna

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    Alliant Powders and Hercules makes the 2400 powder. I was lucky enough to have found 4 pound of it up here. Do they have a lot of powders available down there for you to choose from?
     
  15. west33

    west33 New Member

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    Is both brands in the 2400 the same powder? Yes there is a store here that carries most brands. Thanks!
     
  16. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    IIRC, several years ago, Hercules sold off their powder making to Alliant.

    If you find Hercules powder on the shelf, it's probably over 20 years old.

    Should still be good as new if properly stored, though.
     
  17. west33

    west33 New Member

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    Thanks for all the help! I think I will give the 2400 a try
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    on a side note, when i look at buying a powder for loads, one of the things i look at is how versatile that powder is. some of us, myself included, load for many different pistols and rifles. i try and buy powders that will work in several different cartridges when i pick one to buy, whether it be for a pistol or rifle load.

    just a suggestion i thought i'd mention.
     
  19. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I'd have a cow if I walked into any stores up here and found some Hodgdon 4891 on the shelves.
     
  20. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Good point. That's why I use so much H110. It's the ideal powder for .357, .41,.44 magnum, .30 carbine, .454 Casull, heavy .45 Colt, all of the automags, and all of the .475-500 pistol calibers.

    My other much used pistol powder is HS-6. Near ideal for .38 special +P, 9MM+P and +p+, .40, 10MM, .45 ACP +P