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    Bad shop day

    So I made it to the closest reloading shop and got some lead for the 44-40 Iíve been trying to get lined out and I picked up some lead to use in my 45-70. I ended up buying .4515 dia 300gr jacketed spfn and some 225gr and 240gr jsphp / jspfn respectively and there both .429 dia

    After sitting down at the bench I realized I had purchased the wrong lead for either application only 2 bibles I have are the Hornady from probably 7 years ago and the Lyman 49th. Neither of which have anything with the 300gr 45 in 45colt or 45ACP does anyone have load data for a boolits that big for either cartridge?

    As for the 44-40 I gauged the bore of my rifle and came up between .426 and .430. While I think Iíd be ok with that even though the Bibleís data says .427 dia, all of the data in both books only takes me to 205gr boolits so does anyone have data for that cartridge with the heavier lead?

    Should I just make another trip back there and find the right stuff?

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    Bad shop day

    Your the man I thought I found a thread with free load data links but thatís the ticket!!!

    Only question left is will I be alright with the .429 boolits?

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    Practically all current 44-40's are made with .429" barrels.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check