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    Default Heavy .44 mag load?

    I had a good load worked up for 300 grain hardcast in my Dan Wesson .44 mag, but can't find the data and don't remember what powder I was using, this was 5 or 6 years ago. The only hangun powder I have right now is Unique,. Anyone have a good HEAVY load for 300 hardcast with that powder? From the little I read in a couple of my books, V110 might be a better choice? I'm wanting 1300 fps (8" bbl). Any other suggestions?

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    You won't get 1300 fps with 300 grain bullets and unique. At least not with pressures I'm willing to put through my 44's. Especially with that 8" barrel I would be looking at the slower powders. I haven't tried V110, but have been very happy with 4227, H110 and 296.

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    Good Pistol that Dad Wesson........use H110 or W296 with the 300gr.

    I used 20.0 of H110 with the 300gr LBT FNGC.
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    another for 296 and 300 grs. you can use unique, but you will be dissapointed in the velocities and scared of the pressures

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    now this was my first time loading bullets with buddy i met from this site. i bought new winchester brass 1.282, sierra 300 grn jsp 1.730 and Accurate no.9 powder. and cci 350 primers.

    started at 16 grns and went up to 17.5 in .5 grn incriments.
    16.0 avg 1027 and dev. 64
    16.5 avg 1076 and dev. 56
    17.0 avg 1115 and dev. 28
    17.5 ave 1110 and dev. 71

    avg of 5 shot groups. had some real low ones and high ones in each category. was 8 degrees at the range. i did't trim the brass, looked close enough but noticed some was a bit taller. there was no signs of pressure and was a clean burning powder. nice recoil too. we also did some barnes 225grn xpb @ 1.615, powder was H110, didn't find info on accurate so he said we should play it safe and found some similar info the 110. again win brass new @ 1.282, cci 350 primers.
    19.0 avg 1212 and dev. 97
    19.5 avg 1235 and dev. 146

    again no signs of pressure but were loud as hell. shot really nice groups and again pretty nice recoil, noticed the high velocitie ones though. with the barnes and 110 the bullets were packing the powder in the case, those are long bullets to the cannalure. but want those for blackies. i think we agreed to go hotter on both. for sure with the sierras.

    these were fired from my taurus 8 3/8" barrel and magnaported and a 44mag. of course.

    hope it helps. i really like the accurate powder. but again first time making bullets, buddy has been doing it awhile and i just bought stuff i wanted to try. kinda fun. i didn't trim the brass to save time. just hunting loads and seemed fairly close.

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    Thanks guys. I din't think the Unique was much for .44 mag; can't remember what I picked it up for, maybe .45 ACP? Anyway, I'm thinkin 296 or H or V 110 would be a much better choice.

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    Default Stout .44 mag loads

    I have been using H-110 for years with 300 and 320 grain hard cast and jacketed in the 300 grain bullets. All loads give very good accuracy out of my Ruger Super Redhawk.
    I use 21 grains of H-110 for the 300 grain and 22 for the 320s.
    Both these charges will get you in the 1200 - 1300 fps range. Start 5% lower and work up. DON'T use these loads in "Cowboy" or older guns.
    For the Redhawk I take advantage of the longer cylinder and load the bullet out to about .080" below the mouth of the cylinder.
    Lil'gun is also supposed to be a very good powder but I have only used that in my .460 so far. Don't feel the need to mess with an already very good load.
    Recoil is "fun". I could be wrong on the Lil'gun, check, check, check and don't try ANYONE's pet loads until you can check them again professionaly published data. I think Hodgdon has some data on it's web site you can look at for free.
    Ron

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    I also use 21 grains H-110 and a 300grain (supposed to be 310 grain but is really 303 grains) SSK bullet. I get 1220 fps from a 6.5 inch S&W M-29.
    It really zips along out of a Rossi M-92 saddle gun. I am obtaining 1680 fps from a 18 inch barreled carbine.
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
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