I've got a 27 oz 44 mag and want to develop some light loads for practice. I picked up a 100 ct box of Sierra 180gr JHC at Sportsman's Warehouse last time I was in Anchorage, and would like to use them up before I go on to any other the fine bullets that might be available or preferred by many.
I see a load in my Lyman 48th edition reloading handbook that shows that "2400" is an acceptable powder for this bullet, and since I haven't purchased but one other pistol powder (HS-6 for 38 special), would this powder be a good choice for the above? (I'm assuming that they are referring to Alliant 2400)
How far below the listed "Suggested Starting Grains" can a person safely go? I see that there are slower loads with other powders, but if this same powder could be used in my .357 I would prefer to only buy one other powder at this point.
Once this lot of 180 grain bullets have been used, what would you suggest? I shy from non-jacketed bullets due to leading, but if the cost is low enough, or if thats the only way I can shoot tolerable low recoil practice loads, I will bite the bullet so to speak.
Thank you for your input,