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    Starting with the .44

    Hi everyone itís been awhile since Iíve posted but I often read I figured considering tomorrow is my birthday and I am venturing into a .44 mag tomorrow I figured Iíd consult you folks.
    I plan on loading.44 mag and .44 special
    I cast my own bullets and plan on getting a 240 grain mold
    The powder I have on hand is bullseye, blue dot, universal, and tite group.
    I would love if anyone has .44 special loading in tite group as I have a lot of tite group and I plan on the .44 special being my main loading.

    Yours truly
    FastHands

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    Good luck and Happy Birthday! Which gun?

    Ok, the heavier the boolit, generally the slower the powder, and magnum primers even though I use WLP.

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    Happy Birthday. I've not loaded 44 Special with Titegroup yet, but I have a pound I'm going to be working with.

    Speer's data out of the Loadbooks USA 44 Special manual; RCBS 44-250-K bullet, 4.5 - 5.2 grains Titegroup.

    I've been working with bullseye mostly, since I have a jug of it, but I like trying new recipes and bullets. I've found 4.8 Grains bullseye and the 44-250-K bullet to be a nice working load. My bullets are a bit heavier than the listed 250 grains.
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    Titegroup should work fine. I use it in 44 Mag and 44-40 cases for my 44-40. The 44 mag case is almost identical to 44-40 (slightly shorter). I have no experience with the other three you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FastHands View Post
    Hi everyone it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I often read I figured considering tomorrow is my birthday and I am venturing into a .44 mag tomorrow I figured I’d consult you folks.
    I plan on loading.44 mag and .44 special
    I cast my own bullets and plan on getting a 240 grain mold
    The powder I have on hand is bullseye, blue dot, universal, and tite group.
    I would love if anyone has .44 special loading in tite group as I have a lot of tite group and I plan on the .44 special being my main loading.

    Yours truly
    FastHands
    Welcome to the site. Do you need Shot Load information for the .44? If so, I have several .44 Special and .44 Magnum loads in daily use.

    Be well.

    Adam

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    I know a lot of people don't like the powder but my favorite load in the .44 mag has been 15.0 to 15.5 grains of Blue Dot behind a Keith-style 250 gr hard cast boolit. I settled on it about 45 years ago and have not deviated since. Need to chrony it now that I have the means to...would be nice to see how fast it's tripping along. Not full factory but more thump than straight .44 Special - people used to call those loads "mid-range".

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    Hodgons load data center has load data for tite group for the 44 Special and 44 magnum. What gun (revolver) are you using? I stick with 180 to 200 gr boolits out of my Bulldog because it is so light but my Super Blackhawk was ok with the heavier ones. Good luck, be safe and have fun! Happy Birthday!
    Last edited by tward; 03-21-2024 at 06:43 PM. Reason: Addition

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