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    Default Hornady FTX .430 265gr

    I bought a box of these while doing my rounds a few weeks ago because I love the accuracy and speed I got out of the factory rounds in my 45-70. I thought on a whim this would be great in a .44 mag revolver when I saw them on the shelf, somebody has to have a load for it and thinks the way I do. I know this bullet was designed for the 444 Marlin. I have never been one to experiment nor do I really want to start, but for argument sake, why can't I load these for a 6" barrel using Winchester 296, Hodgdon 110 or equivalent? I haven't found any published data. I am just wondering if my thinking is WAY off base.

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    Hey, I'm sure someone with more books and knowledge than me will pipe in here soon. You've probably already seen it, but my hornady book shows what appears to me to be the same bullet in all three sections. The .44 rem mag (rifle), the 444 marlin, and the .44 rem mag (handgun). All three have nearly identical 265 grain bullets.

    .44 remington magnum rifle
    265 grain
    sectional density: 0.205
    diameter: 0.430"
    #4300 SP
    B.C. 0.189

    has loads for 7 different powders

    444 MARLIN
    265 grain
    sectional density: 0.205
    diameter: 0.430"
    #4300 FP
    B.C. 0.189

    has loads for 5 different powders

    .44 remington magnum handgun
    265 grain
    sectional density: 0.205
    diameter: 0.430"
    #4300 FP
    B.C. 0.189

    has loads for 8 different powders

    All three look the same, don't know why you couldn't load it in the .44 mag revolver. The .44 pistol data has loads for h110 and win 296.

    I'm pretty know to reloading, hopefully I understand what you are asking.

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    Default Wrong Bullet

    AKF - Thanks for the reply. I answered my own question once I measured the bullet. The Hornady FTX measures 1.430" and the 265 (#4300) Interlocks measure 0.791". I think to load these (if they were even accurate) I would need a super dooper double dooper compressed load. The shell will not fit. Guess I need to add a .444 to the Marlin collection!

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