Reloading question-.44 special

Reloading question-.44 special

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    Reloading question-.44 special

    If I want to reload 44 special for my 44 magnum, can I use 44 mag dies? Or do I have to buy a set of Die for 44 special. I currently use 44 mag RCBS dies..

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    Yes - just go ahead as usual - the main thing you'll be changing is the actual load parameters - but if using actual 1/10" shorter spl cases then you'll have to - adjust for flair and bullet seating.

    Otherwise the dies will do the job. Easiest fix is to download .44 mag cases.
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    You should be good to go with you're .44 mag dies. In fact I believe my RCBS .44 mag dies are labeled .44spec./.44mag. I have loaded for both calibers with that die.
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    The only two issues you have with the dies is this:

    1) You will have to readjust the dies for sizing and seating.

    2) Your powder charges will change.

    Once those adjustments have been made you can start loading.
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    My Lee dies are also marked 44 spec./44 mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Easiest fix is to download .44 mag cases.
    ANyone know any links or suggestion for those? Still a newbie when it comes to this..
    I load w/AA #5. Getting some 44 mag 240 gr FMJ and 240 swc.
    Perhaps i should get some 180,200 gr bullets too..

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    I load 240gr LSWC on top of 6gr of hodgdon Clays with CCI 300 NON MAGNUM primers. This load is based on using .44magnum cases NOT .44 special. You can find a similar load if you type in the info at the link below. Keep in mind this is "Clays", NOT "Universal Clays" they are not the same thing.
    http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp
    Last edited by craze; August 9th, 2007 at 03:59 PM. Reason: left out some info.
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    I don't use .38 spec or .44 special cases, instead I use the .357 mag and .44 mag cases and simply change the powder charge, although all the dies I know of are capable of doing both specials and magnum rounds.

    It is much easier than resetting up the dies for the two types of cases.

    On the .44 mag practice load I use for a 240gr bullet and federal 150 primers

    12.5 or 13 grs of blue dot

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    9 grs of unique.

    or

    20grs of H110

    Basically, just play with some loads till you find one that is a good safe practice load for you.
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    yes you can. but you can also down load the 44mag to shoot like the 44sp. now the question is what to do with the 44sp brass that you have.
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    Yes, it'll work. Same as using .357/.38 dies for 2 calibers. My Hornady dies came with a washer. For the longest time, I had no idea what it was for. Finally, I realised that if I set the dies for .38's, all I had to do was put the washer underneath the dies to use them for .357's, and I didn't have to change where my dies were set.

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    Handloads.com has lots of good load info. I have the "Loadbooks USA" from Midwayusa.com for all my calibers. Lots of good info in there. Any reloading manual should have some loads for .44 Mag using mid-range powders such as Unique. IIRC 7 grains or so makes for a soft shooting .44 Mag in the .44 Special zone for power with a 240 grain LSWC. Be sure to check your data!

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