Looking for a little wisdom from your experience. I’m reloading for my 44 mag pistol, 4"barrel revolver. I’m using 200 grain jhp. From my data on the Hodgdon website I can choose H110 or Universal. I’m counting on your experience and expertise to guide me to which you recommend, and why.
H110 is full blow only, no downloading. Pretty much fill the case to the bottom of the bullet.
In a 4in the ball of flame will be impressive, even during the day.
Universal could produce more manageable recoil loads.
I woul also suggest Titegroup, I load some “reduced recoil” loads with that, good faster burning non position sensitive powder, putting 7.5 gr or so behind a 240gr getting around 1000 fps, 8gr about 1100, and in a 44 special case 3.8 gr behind a 240 gets all the way down to around 600fps.
I prefer 240 gr pills in the 44, seem to get more consistent groups, but with a little trial and error 200’s should work fine.
@98Z, do you reload the 44 mag?
Here’s some titegroup data from Hodgdon for 200 jhp
You could go lower, titegroup pretty wide ranging.
I wouldn’t use h110 the amount of powder that burns outside the barrel(big fireball) especially 4in barrel will degrade your accuracy. With that said i don’t load 44 mag… yet. h110 is a great powder for butt kicking velocity but it usually doesn’t produce great accuracy.
In my 9" super redhawk and 10-5/8" S&W silhouette the H110 performs quite well. Good velocity, good groups and good SD’s (for revolvers). Lead or Jacketed. But like I said, case filled solid right to the base of the bullet, no downloads, magnum primers. I’ve gone to titegroup in my other 44’s, 6" to 7-1/2" barrels with great results. When I started reloading Unique, 4227, 2400 were the goto 44 powders, all good choices just not mine.
If you can get a more complete powder burn it won’t have a negative effect on accuracy. A 9" barrel would give you a higher powder burn percentage.
Thanks for the replies. My powder inventory is limited to H110 (which I bought primarily for my .30 carbine) and Universal. My last batch was loaded with Universal. It did fine for the range, which is where most of my shooting is. I’ll carry it hunting in case I run into some hogs. One of the things I was curious about and didn’t mention or ask in my OP is the difference between an almost full casing vs one with a small amount of powder. My local guru (not really. He just helps me and guides me along the way) prefers a full casing. Anyway, I went ahead and used the H110 because of the only free time I had was yesterday afternoon. I’m not familiar with the term “full blow”. From what else was said I take it that it is a full casing. On a side note, all the stores were out of magnum primers so I used large pistol primers.
Hodgdon calls it "No Whimps "
Maximum loading, velocity, recoil.
some older powders were position sensitive, (supposedly), also, some reloaders were worried about double charges, if you use a powder that fills the case you don’t need to worry either of those. Neither are really a concern for me, but wouldn’t argue the points if someone wanted to make the case…
Bad Idea with h110
If you used winchester large pistol primers you are good to go.
What I had on hand were CCI 300. Found some Remington 150. I bought what I could find. Everyone seems to be out and I didn’t want to wait and get caught without.
Desert Eagle data lists CCI 300 44 MAG, BUT ONLY WITH AA#9 and AA#7
Not saying it won’t work, just not published.
Maybe Federal 150?
Yes Federal. I can’t remember long enough to walk across the room.
It only gets worse…
What were we talking about?
41 magnum I think