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Re: Another reloading question

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12-04-2012 09:05:28

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Yep I understand the one powder for more then one gun I do the same with 7.62X54 and 308 and 3006 and 30/30 and use IMR 4350 in all of them. I have all the powders I listed on hand due to auction buys and other such things. Still trying to figure out what I can use a 3lbs keg I have of bullseye since my book does not list it for any thing I reload

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12-04-2012 10:57:16

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 Re: Another reloading question in reply to old, 12-04-2012 09:05:28  
Hi Rich,

I've used Bullseye for reduced power .38 spcl target loads. It's pretty good behind 148 gr lead full wadcutter bullets, although it's not my powder of choice.

I have lots of 2400 which I use for magnum handgun loads. In case you don't already know this, here's something not to try with 2400. Don't use it for reduced power loads. The only time I ever had a bullet not get all the way out of the barrel was experimenting with reduced power .38 spcl (or possibly .357 mag---although now it's hard to see what the point of that would have been) loads. I was target shooting with a .357 mag with a 4" barrel. I was wearing so much hearing protection that I didn't fully hear the difference in the sound of the discharge. Fortunately, something felt not quite right, and I must have had some inkling about what could happen, so I didn't fire another round until I investigated. A second round might or might not have blown up the revolver. A S&W certified gunsmith once told me that he had worked on a S&W revolver that had three bullets lodged in the barrel, and hadn't blown up. The final bullet was stuck in the end of the cylinder and the forcing cone of the barrel. That locked up the revolver and kept the careless owner from squeezing off a couple more. The gunsmith had to use a jewelers saw to cut the bullet in half before he could get the cylinder open to drive out the the others.


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12-04-2012 09:32:54

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 Re: Another reloading question in reply to old, 12-04-2012 09:05:28  
As for your keg of bullseye find an older Lyman manual or some older Hercules data, plenty of data for lots of cartridges, mainly in reduced loads.

All of those can be decent powders for the 44 mag depending on the the bullet weight and performance levels your after. Unique will "work" in about any 44 mag bullet weight. It is at it"s best in the 44 Mag when used in cast bullet reduced loads. It is too fast for best performance with heavy loads and bullets. I have loaded many 1000s of soft cast 240 grain Keith semi wadcutters and 8.5 grains of Unique for plinking. I have several buddies who use nothing but Unique in all of their 44 mag loads. Blue dot is not popular but I have several loads for it that work well in my two 44 mag rifles. It will put up some pretty impressive FPS numbers in both of them with 240 or heavier bullets. It is not good for reduced loads or light bullets and I have never have found it to be anything special in the pistols. A tip is to try both magnum and standard primers if your going to play with Blue Dot in a 44. I have found big differances in accuracy by switching (and working back up) Actualy BD is seldom mentioned as a 44 mag powder except in Hercules data. It is on the fast side of optimum for heavy loads except with light bullets.
2400 and 240 grain hard cast bullets are about as good as it gets in a 44 mag. The classic Keith load as printed everywhere is 21 grains. In some guns this is right up there pressure wise.

I know you didnt ask this but my current favored powders are none of the above actualy. 296 gets tha nod for anything heavily loaded, 231 for plinking loads. I dont load anything in between.

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