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    Heaviest bullet you use in 44mag revolver?

    I have a very accurate load for my 44 Ruger. It's a 280gr PC'ed ,cast SWC PB at 1100 fps. BHN 10.5. I'm in favor of the heavy bullets at moderate velocities. Although I have bullet molds for the 44 from 225 to 310gr. Haven't used the 310gr in my revolver as yet. I know there are heavier bullets than the 310. What are you using & works for you? Your loads if your comfortable letting them out?Attachment 288208
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    My heaviest boolit and load for the 44 Magnum is the LEE C430-310RF. My BHN is right @15 using a blend of 75% WW and 25% Lino, air cooled. I use 21.5 grains of W296, Federal F150 primer, in Starline 44 Mag cases. This is a pretty heavy load, so if you use this data start at 18.5 grains and work up! It's a thumper, and will put a major hurt on whatever it hits. I shoot it in a Ruger Super Blackhawk, and I don't recommend it in a S&W 29.

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    I'm not an aficionado of heavy for caliber bullets...and as I've reached my 70's, recoil is becoming more a factor. For hunting though, I like 240-265 grain LSWC's by Mihec, Lyman & RCBS. All are accurate in my guns and a pair of Marlin Carbines with suitable loads and will knock the stuffing out of our KY whitetails.

    But for day in day out carry on the farm, I really like Lyman's 429215gc with 7.5 to 8.5 grains of Unique or a grain less of Win 231. In .44 Spl or Magnum, they're comfortable for a pleasant hour's shooting on our home range, while still packing enough punch to handle any six-gun chore that comes up. Best Regards, Rod
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom View Post
    I have a very accurate load for my 44 Ruger. It's a 280gr PC'ed ,cast SWC PB at 1100 fps. BHN 10.5. I'm in favor of the heavy bullets at moderate velocities. Although I have bullet molds for the 44 from 225 to 310gr. Haven't used the 310gr in my revolver as yet. I know there are heavier bullets than the 310. What are you using & works for you? Your loads if your comfortable letting them out?
    I like a cast bullet around the same weight and velocity. But I don't cast my own. I used to love Leadhead's 270gr LBT-style WFN, but he passed away. I've been looking at HiTek coated 300gr from MBC, but it isn't a real WFN - at least not an LBT-STYLE. It is cheap though - just wish I could get some feedback on it before buying some.

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    My Redhawk really likes a 265 gr. boolit from my Accurate 43-265F mold. It's loaded over 9.5 gr. of Unique for 1106 fps. It's a good practice and general purpose load. I just received and LBT 280 gr. WFNGC mold and have cast and loaded some rounds for testing. Using WW+2%SN, the boolits cast at 287 gr. I'll be working up loads from 18.5 to 21.0 gr. of H110 in hopes of finding an accurate load somewhere around 1200 fps. I'm not looking for a hand-numbing load.

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    I have a 285 grain hollow point that I like for the magnum and a 255 grain hollow point for the 44 special.Click image for larger version. 

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    310 grain NEI TCFP sillywett boolit. It also works very well in the 445 SM...
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    340gr that a buddy of mine and I cast from his custom mold. They're awful to pull the trigger on, but our road kill elk / deer / moose and cattle testing suggest that they're the real deal for hunting (as would our results on live game).

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    310 Lee seated deep with 20grs of H110 for 1170fps in a Ruger Vaquero 7 1/2". Recoil is heavy but it's not as sharp as a hot 240gr and I find the 310s easier to handle.

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    The SSK 325gr bullet (SSK 310429) cast in Lyman #2 alloy.

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    ballistic cast 340 lfngc. With that bullet in my 5.5 inch accusport bisley i took 3rd place one year at the linebaugh seminar penetration competition. One (out of many 500s and 475s) 475 load beat it and a 500 lott beat it. It even out penetrated my own #1 458 mag with Winchester solids. It was a hot load so i wont put it here but it pushed that bullet to 1200 fps. Both of the two loads that beat it went out the back of the penetration box. My two shots left one bullet a inch away from breaking through and the other was an inch and a half. So an inch and a half more and it would have been tied for first. I shot one bison with that load quartering toward me and it busted the front shoulder and was found under the skin after it broke the back leg. By the way that bullet is proabably the most accurate heavy 44 bullet ive used in the many 44 mags i own and have owned. They called in an lfngc but it was more like the ssk bullet in design.
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    I shoot the Lee 310 gr in my Redhawk and my Marlin 1884 and work great in both and the same load . Easy to handle better in the Marlin .
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    All so interesting & informative. I find the heavies ( 280gr & above ) give me outstanding accuracy with velocity around 1100 fps . The heavies at moderate velocity deliver deeper penetration for me than a much more recoil producing 240 at a higher velocity. The cast , in my testing far out penetrate a jacketed style bullet. Having a 1/20 twist in my Ruger handguns & Win . 44 rifle stabilizes the heavies quite well .

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    I do 100% agree with those that posted about better accuracy with heavier bullets. I have a stainless SBH that I tried for years to get a 240 gr load that would be accurate, but finally gave up because it shoots the heavies so well.

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    The heaviest I've used is the Cast Performance 300 gr WFN in a 629 Classic 6 inch. I used 17.5 gr of Accurate 4100 and WLPs for about 1150 fps. Took a nice whitetail with it: one shot behind near shoulder and just nicked the off-side shoulder, he went about 20 yards. A superbly accurate load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwtebay View Post
    I do 100% agree with those that posted about better accuracy with heavier bullets. I have a stainless SBH that I tried for years to get a 240 gr load that would be accurate, but finally gave up because it shoots the heavies so well.

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    try the rcbs 240 swcgc or the lyman 429244. Either of those bullets cast at 12bhn or harder will shoot well in any 44 that shoots anything well. The 429215 is another good one but it only goes 225 grain. But still kills deer sized game well.
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    I use everything! From 240 up thru 310 both standard and HP's. Just pick one and cast away. All will work very well with the right load data and loading procedures.

    And many of my 44 loads are light so I do not have to put my shoulder back in joint after hooting the darned thing! My S&W 44M is fun to shoot when it feels like a colt 45.

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    i use 280gr wfn with 10.0gr of unique in my 44 mag (ruger sbh 4 5/8" barrel). i shot several deer with it, but i was under 30ish yards.
    i do 3 to 4" group unsupportive at 50 yards.
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    LEE 310

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