Latest 44 mag reloads
Well - not strictly defensive (other than potentially :wink:) but - in my reloading ''catch-up'' I have reached the stage where I am close to getting done (.454's next then finished). The 800 or so .223's just done should last a wee while.
Got some fired 44 cases reloaded with my near std load with hardcast 240's and also some 240 XTP's, but - decided to make up some heavies. So - 100 new RP cases I have kept aside have been mated with Hornady 300 XTP's ... I know the powder well (N-110) and so have gone ahead with some just sub max loads. They'll be pretty good I think.
Now, the XTP 240's crimping into the cannelure come out just right for OAL at close to 1.6" - so they will be good for the Marlin 94 as well as revo but the 300's which I haven't tried before have a double cannelure. To use the top one and seat for std OAL would probably mean a very compressed charge and they will be for revo anyways.
So, checking my SRH cyl at 1.80", and the Smith 629 at 1.75" - have used lower cannelure which when crimped and done makes them nicely 1.745" - and they'll do good in either revo. No good however for the SBH which is 1.7" cyl.
Always used to load my fave Lyman 250 LSWC's over-long - just for revo use. Anyways - pretty lil devils ain't they! testing soon as I can get to range - on a cool day. Just another 25 to finish and I'll have the full 100 :smilez:
Chris, you have got the touch with the camera. Nice picture.:hand10:
Thank you John - can't resist snapping something as handsome as that :smilez:
Only trouble is with these XTP's - they are over 12c a pop!!! Still - end result still saves me quite a good bit - probably 50% cheaper than buying factory. Should make a good hunting round.
Should be a great hunting round. Looking good w/ the pic too. .44 is so expensive to buy off the shelf , I don't shoot mine all that much. Luckily I have a similar gun in .22 LR.
Can't justify reloading for the .44 , as it is my hunting pistol only.
Price is a factor Rocky that's for sure - even more so with .454. But reloads do get this under control a bit. I reckon I'll use 10 rounds or so for sighting and testing (chrono too if I remember) and then the rest will last ages hopefully!
Question for Bud if he sees this ...... how the heck do you load them 700 grainers for your Smith 50?? I am thinking they need over half the case capacity for that size bullet!!!
P95 - I have never seen anyone make ammo look so gorgeous.
Thx SOS ........ gotta say that despite the potential lethality of all this stuff, it has for me a distinct aesthetic appeal. Maybe it's just 'shiny things' LOL.
Before loading the 100th bullet I took a pic - the XTP's are rather ''fetching'' :wink: Surprising tho how close up, what looked perfect and shiny is in fact blemished, in particular here some of the cannelure areas.
More ammo eye candy - here is some Greek linked .303 Brit - again a rather nice subject matter.
Finally while I am on an ammo pics roll - a specimen of the latest 'Hot'' .454 loading :wink:
Chris Is the Tabasco load a hot one. I guess it is being a 454. Great pictures.
nice pics Chris! I just purchased a Ruger SBH in 44 mag for hunting this year (if I get a deer tag) !! I reload for all of my guns also, have a chrono Etc,etc..... Is there anything you have found works better / worse in producing a hunting round for the .44? :smile:
Good purchase flag - I have the long tube SRH and an SBH - in fact the latter is an excellent hunting handgun but always love long range fun with the SRH.
I added a B-Square mount to my SBH and a red dot - seems to hold setting OK tho the red dot is a real cheapie - I want to put a Millet on later.
My old .44 rounds were just using 240 LSWC's but am coming to think my latest loads will be much more effective. I have done up 100 each of 240 XTP and the 300 XTP ....... with close to max (But not quite) of Viht N-110 - a powder I like a lot. But H-110, LilGun and 296 I expect - will all be options, oh and good ol' 2400 of course. Only pity with the XTP's - they are spendy!!
I yet have to establish the effectiveness but have great faith in XTP's when driven hard ... I don't think they perform in soft loads but get the fps well up and they'll be good. One good thing is the Ruger will eat top loads well.
So - that's my bullet choice re hunting rounds but still stick to hard cast for plinking.
I'm doing a bit of research into Barnes bullets, they seem to be the modern day black talons. I've never hunted with a handgun before, always used the .270 (Ruger #1) for deer and elk. It should be a great experience. I won't need anything heavier than a 240-265 gr. bullet, (the Deer out here in Az are pretty small). I'll play around with some loads and let ya know what I find out. Glad to hear that the B-square scope mount works, I've looked at a few different ones, and was kinda skeptical:blink: I'm going to scope it with a Leopold scope,(I think) but the scope is only as good as it's mount!! Thanks, Rex
now do any of you shoot the 44 mag in a rifle? should get a bit higher fps on it.
Chris, you are making a lot of members very jealous right now.
flag - well the B-Square is probably easiest to find and I think if fitted carefully and real tight it'll be OK but do reckon it is perhaps not the best compaired with a drill/tap/bolt-on type. That tho is more cost and so the B-Square is certainly adequate IMO. 240 grainers will do you just fine.
palm - I use .44 mag in a Marlin 94 and the extra fps does show. I have to use jackets tho as I have the micro groove rifling.