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Reloading The .44 Magnum



Left to right:-- 250 gr. SWC, 240 gr. HP, .44 with 225 gr. SWC-JHP, .44 with 250 gr. JHP
250 gr. SWC+GC, 265 gr. JFP, 240 gr. JSP

(WC= WadCutter, SWC= Semi-WadCutter,FP=Flat Point, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose), SP=Soft Point, (JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet)

Loads for .44 Magnum:

(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet sizes vary from .429" for jacketed to .432" for some lead in diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.


(Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231)
(IMR 4227 is same as H-4227 if made in Australia) ---------------------------------------- 165 grain Lead RNFP HP-38/W231 6.0 gr. 963 HP-38/W231 7.0 gr. 1,088 max Trail Boss 6.0 gr. 960 Trail Boss 8.0 gr. 1,086 max Titegroup 5.3 gr. 949 Titegroup 6.5 gr. 1,083 max Universal 6.5 gr. 918 Universal 7.2 gr. 1,059 max ---------------------------------------- 180 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) Bullseye 11.5 gr. 1,520 FPS Unique 13.0 gr. 1,550 2400 23.3 gr. 1,760 Universal 12.5 gr. 1,519 HP38/W231 10.0 gr. 1,307 HP38/W231 12.0 gr. 1,509 max HS6 16.5 gr. 1,663 No. 2 11.1 gr. 1,444 No. 5 16.4 gr. 1,615 H110/W296 29.0 gr. 1,714 H110/W296 30.4 gr. 1,415 (revolver actual) H110/W296 31.5 gr. 1,896 max Lil'Gun 29.0 gr. 1,749 Lil'Gun 31.5 gr. 1,859 max IMR-4227 27.5 gr. 1,575 IMR-4227 29.0 gr. 1,708 max Universal 9.0 gr. 1,209 Universal 11.3 gr. 1,463 max True Blue 14.9 gr. 1,476 start True Blue 16.5 gr. 1,640 max Enforcer 24.3 gr. 1,683 start Enforcer 27.0 gr. 1,870 max ---------------------------------------- 200 grain Lead SWC or RN (.430") HP38/W231 5.8 gr. 875 HP38/W231 7.4 gr. 1,039 max Universal 6.8 gr. 897 Universal 7.8 gr. 1,045 max Trail Boss 6.1 gr. 890 Trail Boss 7.7 gr. 988 max Titegroup 5.0 gr. 878 Titegroup 6.6 gr. 1,061 max Enforcer 22.5 gr. 1,497 start (use GC) Enforcer 24.8 gr. 1,606 max (use GC) ---------------------------------------- 200 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) Bullseye 11.0 gr. 1,420 FPS Unique 13.0 gr. 1,475 Universal 10.0 gr. 1,303 Universal 11.1 gr. 1,398 max 2400 23.2 gr. 1,665 HP38/W231 9.4 gr. 1,220 HP38/W231 10.0 gr. 1,277 HP38/W231 11.9 gr. 1,444 max HS6 15.0 gr. 1,440 HS6 16.7 gr. 1,569 max No. 2 11.0 gr. 1,342 No. 5 15.8 gr. 1,532 No. 9 19.9 gr. 1,457 max H110/W296 27.5 gr. 1,708 H110/W296 28.5 gr. 1,806 max Lil'Gun 27.5 gr. 1,667 Lil'Gun 29.5 gr. 1,794 max IMR-4227 25.0 gr. 1,553 IMR-4227 27.0 gr. 1,686 max Titegroup 9.7 gr. 1,331 Titegroup 10.8 gr. 1,433 max True Blue 14.0 gr. 1,368 start True Blue 15.5 gr. 1,520 max ---------------------------------------- 215 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check HP38 6.9 gr. 954 HS6 13.0 gr. 1,240 HS7 17.0 gr. 1,541 ---------------------------------------- 225 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) Bullseye 9.5 gr. 1,270 FPS Unique 10.7 gr. 1,290 Unique 9.1 gr. 940 (Accuracy load) 2400 20.5 gr. 1,510 Universal 8.0 gr. 1,041 Universal 10.5 gr. 1,291 max HP38 8.4 gr. 1,090 HS6 11.5 gr. 1,103 start HS6 13.5 gr. 1,239 HS6 15.5 gr. 1,434 max No. 2 10.5 gr. ----- No. 5 15.0 gr. ----- IMR4227 23.0 gr. 1,386 IMR4227 25.5 gr. 1,537 H110/W296 23.0 gr. 1,468 H110/W296 25.0 gr. 1,617 max Lil'Gun 22.5 gr. 1,508 Lil'Gun 24.7 gr. 1,623 max HP38/W231 8.4 gr. 1,101 HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,344 max ---------------------------------------- 240 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check above 1100fps (GC) Bullseye 9.8 gr. 1,175 FPS Unique 11.8 gr. 1,255 2400 20.6 gr. 1,510 2400 20.0 gr. 1,666 in rifle (GC bullet) Universal 8.0 gr. 1,045 (no GC) HP-38 7.0 gr. No chrono, mild target load No. 2 10.0 gr. 1,280 No. 5 14.0 gr. 1,400 No. 9 19.5 gr. 1,357 A 5744 24.0 gr. 1,446 231 11.0 gr. 1,285 IMR4227 22.0C gr. 1,310 max HP38/W231 5.5 gr. 800 HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,334 max Titegroup 4.7 gr. 801 Titegroup 10.0 gr. 1,288 max Trail Boss 6.0 gr. 828 Trail Boss 7.3 gr. 917 True Blue 11.9 gr. 1,187 start True Blue 13.2 gr. 1,320 max Enforcer 19.8 gr. 1,368 start Enforcer 22.0 gr. 1,520 max 296* 25.0 gr. 1.560* * use magnum primers ---------------------------------------- 240 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP Bullseye 8.9 gr. 1,215 FPS Unique 10.3 gr. 1,250 2400 18.7 gr. 1,440 2400 21.9 gr. 1,642 in rifle (max) IMR4227 22.0 gr. 1,301 IMR4227 24.0 gr. 1,458 max Universal 8.0 gr. 1,018 Universal 10.2 gr. 1,246 max HP38/W231 8.0 gr. 1,021 HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,272 max HS6 12.0 gr. 1,211 HS6 15.1 gr. 1,417 max No. 2 10.0 gr. 1,250 No. 5 14.4 gr. 1,383 No. 9 20.8 gr. 1,318 max A 5744 24.0 gr. 1,413 231 11.2 gr. 1,280 296/H110 23.0 gr. 1,413 296/H110 24.0 gr. 1,430 Max 296/H110 24.2 gr. 1,590 (a bit over max) Lil'Gun 22.5 gr. 1,465 Lil'Gun 24.5 gr. 1,582 max Titegroup 9.0 gr. 1,219 Titegroup 10.0 gr. 1,292 max ---------------------------------------- 250 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check (GC) (Note Cast Performance makes a 255 gr. GC lead bullet, you can substitute, but don't use max loads) Unique 8.7 gr. 925 fps Clays 8.5 gr. 944 No.7 16.7 gr. 1,208 HP38 6.4 gr. 881 HS6 12.0 gr. 1,176 (use gas check) HS7 13.0 gr. 1,237 (use gas check) True Blue 11.1 gr. 1,115 start True Blue 12.3 gr. 1,207 max Enforcer 18.5 gr. 1,292 start Enforcer 20.5 gr. 1,417 max ---------------------------------------- 250 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP HP38 7.0 gr. 944 FPS HS6 13.5 gr. ----- HS7 14.0 gr. ----- Universal 10.2 gr. ----- ---------------------------------------- 265 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JFP Bullseye 8.3 gr. 1,110 FPS Unique 9.3 gr. 1,125 2400 17.0 gr. 1,300 Universal 10.0 gr. 1,160 HS6 13.5 gr. 1,287 HS7 14.0 gr. 1,295 W296/H110 22.8 gr, 1,589 in rifle (near Max) ---------------------------------------- 270 grain JSP (Jacketed soft Point) or JFP 296/H110 19.5 gr. 1,295 296/H110 21.5 gr. 1,421 Max Lil'Gun 19.0 gr. 1,305 Lil'Gun 21.5 gr. 1,439 max HP38/W231 8.0 gr. 992 HP38/W231 10.2 gr. 1,194 max Titegroup 8.6 gr. 1,100 Titegroup 9.6 gr. 1,175 max IMR4227 20.5 gr. 1,275 IMR4227 22.5 gr. 1,425 max ---------------------------------------- 300 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP Bullseye 7.5 gr. 955 FPS Unique 8.3 gr. 955 2400 15.9 gr. 1,190 Universal 8.0 gr. 972 Universal 9.6 gr. 1,113 max No. 2 9.8 gr. 1,108 No. 5 13.0 gr. 1,220 A 5744 20.0 gr. 1,191 IMR4227 18.0 gr. 1,180 IMR4227 20.0 gr. 1,312 max 296/H110 18.0 gr. 1,266 296/H110 19.0 gr. 1,325 Max Lil'Gun 15.5 gr. 1,168 Lil'Gun 17.7 gr. 1,280 max Titegroup 8.6 gr. 1,079 Titegroup 9.6 gr. 1,185 max Enforcer 16.2 gr. 1,170 start Enforcer 18.0 gr. 1,300 max ---------------------------------------- 300 grain Lead Cast Performance + Gas Check (GC) Enforcer 16.7 gr. 1,225 start Enforcer 18.5 gr. 1,361 max ---------------------------------------- 310 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check (GC) Bullseye 6.8 gr. 975 FPS Unique 7.2 gr. 965 2400 13.5 gr. 1,150 2400 14.5 gr. 1,194 True Blue 9.6 gr. 977 start True Blue 10.7 gr. 1,055 max Enforcer 16.5 gr. 1,171 start Enforcer 18.3 gr. 1,301 max ---------------------------------------- 325 grain Lead LFN + Gas Check (GC)(320 grain lead bullets also) IMR4227 17.0 gr. 1,041 IMR4227 21.0C gr. 1,278 max 296/H110 20.0 gr. 1,264 296/H110 22.0 gr. 1,368 Max Lil'Gun 17.0 gr. 1,217 Lil'Gun 20.0 gr. 1,360 max Universal 8.0 gr. 942 Universal 10.0 gr. 1,090 max HP38/W231 9.0 gr. 1,035 HP38/W231 10.3 gr. 1,125 max Titegroup 8.0 gr. 1,001 Titegroup 9.2 gr. 1,091 max Enforcer 16.3 gr. 1,168 start Enforcer 17.5 gr. 1,223 Enforcer 18.0 gr. 1,295 max ---------------------------------------- 355 grain Lead FN + Gas Check (GC) IMR4227 17.5 gr. 1,125 IMR4227 19.0 gr. 1,223 max 296/H110 17.5 gr. 1,168 296/H110 18.8 gr. 1,245 Max Lil'Gun 16.0 gr. 1,178 Lil'Gun 17.5 gr. 1,247 max Universal 7.8 gr. 922 Universal 8.8 gr. 991 max HP38/W231 7.8 gr. 928 HP38/W231 8.8 gr. 1,001 max Titegroup 7.0 gr. 907 Titegroup 8.2 gr. 994 max Enforcer 16.3 gr. 1,118 max ----------------------------------------
Discussion: Unique is about the best all around powder, but if you want a slower burning powder, I suggest 2400. It can also be used effectively in rifle cartridges, like the 30-06, so it's a good one to have for the magnum pistol loads and for rifle.

Accurate now has reintroduced XMP-5744, a slow burning, bulky powder and is good in magnum pistol loads. Get a copy of their booklet and check this powder out. It may be the best of all.

Hodgdon's Universal, HP6, HP7 and HP38 are good powders for this cartridge. Also, Accurate's #2 and #5 work well. Winchester suggest their 231 or 296. Use a magnum primer with 296. (Update 2009: Since this page was put up, there are several new powders that are particularly good with Magnum pistol rounds. Lil'Gun and IMR 4227 (or H-4227) are two of the best I have used in my .460 and .500 S&W magnums and should be good for the .44 mag, but I have not tried them yet) I like Unique, and I also use it for .44 special, just less of it. If you have a lightweight .44 or older gun, you may want to start with 1.0 gr. less than amounts listed above, and work up to the full loads. - - - Below, are two loaded rounds. For lead bullets near 900-1,000 FPS, I recommend a GC (Gas Check), the little copper bottom on the lead bullet as below (5th item from left). For any loads over 1000 FPS, I suggest GC for sure or using a jacketed bullet. Jacketed bullets create a bit more wear on the rifling, but it's better than trying to wire brush out a bunch of lead build up. Just depends on what kinds of loads you plan to shoot.


Left to right:-- 250 gr. SWC, 240 gr. HP, .44 with 225 gr. SWC-JHP, .44 with 250 gr. JHP
250 gr. SWC+GC, 265 gr. JFP, 240 gr. JSP


*
Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6, HS7, Lil'Gun, H4227 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WST, WSL, 760, 748, 231, 296 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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