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Testing out a new for me Henry .44 Mag load.

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Testing out a new for me Henry .44 Mag load.

Post by fortyshooter » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:16 pm

Wanted to try some faster .44 Mag loads for my BBS Carbine using the Missouri Bullet 240 gr. coated Keith style bullet,this bullet being the
main one I use for .44 Special and low end Magnum use.
So I made up a test batch using 18.5 gr of Alliant 2400 powder. Didn't want to push it beyond it's limits...whatever that is for this bullet and
was very happy with the test results this afternoon.
I was getting speeds in the 1550 to 1570 zone which was maybe 100 FPS more than I had figured looking at the load manuals but then it could be
that slick Hi-Tek coating helping out.
Now to see how I could shoot it on target from 50 yds. using the iron sights. Not too bad after two flyers while trying to settle myself down..
always takes me a couple shots to find my groove! Pictured is a 5 shot on target with 3 good close ones...how did I do that?? :lol:

Best of all that Hi-Tek coating MB uses worked like a charm at those speeds with a nice clean bore after 25 shots...Great stuff!!!
Also you could shoot these all day with no shoulder bashing noted. Will also try these in my Ruger SBH next time and see how Mr.Knuckle
likes them :lol:

Anyway I think this will be a go to load for .44 Mag and lead bullets for a hotter than plinking load.
Was also amazed my cranky Chrono functioned well in the overcast sky today!
A great day at the range today!
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Re: Testing out a new for me Henry .44 Mag load.

Post by JEBar » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:17 pm

good to hear you are able to generate that level of speed without leading issues .... I tried some Missouri Bullet Company bullets in our 45-70 and they performed OK .... if I hadn't made a decision to go with jacketed bullets in all of our rifles and revolvers, I'd probably still be using them
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Re: Testing out a new for me Henry .44 Mag load.

Post by fortyshooter » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:30 pm

JEBar wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:17 pm
good to hear you are able to generate that level of speed without leading issues .... I tried some Missouri Bullet Company bullets in our 45-70 and they performed OK .... if I hadn't made a decision to go with jacketed bullets in all of our rifles and revolvers, I'd probably still be using them
45-70 is one caliber I haven't tried the coated bullets in. I still have a bunch of the plain hard cast bullets to use up and they seem to do OK.
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Post by JEBar » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:38 pm

here's a picture of 250 of them that we loaded and fired back in late 2016
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Post by BigAl52 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:53 pm

Doing the same here using up the old but when I buy new the copper plated or Jacketed. Trending away from lead unless I have no choice.
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Re: Testing out a new for me Henry .44 Mag load.

Post by fortyshooter » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:00 pm

I use the copper plated Xtreme bullets for .45 ACP and even .45 Colt for milder loads.
Wish the plated bullets had a good crimp groove for heavier loads or for use in lighter weight revolvers like the Bulldog to prevent bullet jump.
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Post by Slugnut » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:21 am

Good shooting. WHY is it ALWAYS the case, we 1-2 flyers reguardless of the gun or caliber we use ???
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Post by fortyshooter » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:08 pm

Slugnut wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:21 am
Good shooting. WHY is it ALWAYS the case, we 1-2 flyers reguardless of the gun or caliber we use ???
Well in my case if I haven't shot anything in a few days...it just takes a couple rounds to get that trigger control,sight picture,and steadiness
all under control. Also concentration!!

With revolvers and semi-auto pistols it's remembering how to grip each different gun.
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Post by Rifletom » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:36 pm

I have that same chrony. Seems to work fine. A must for good load development. For which I'm working on in .45 Colt and 30-30. Coated Missouri bullets. Nice shooting there , btw.
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