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Web Blast: .44 Magnum

Sixgun/Levergun Combinations

By John Taffin

November/December 2009 Handloading Column

Handloading

In December of 1955 S&W began providing test sixguns chambered in the new .44 Magnum to such well-known shooting personalities as Maj. Hatcher of the NRA and the man most directly responsible for the advent of the new big bore sixgun cartridge, Elmer Keith. It wasn’t long before shooters wanted a .44 Magnum levergun and they were accommodated by an Arizona gunsmith, Ward Koozer, who converted .44-40 Winchester ’92s to .44 Magnum. I wanted one! The only problem was there was no way I could afford one.

WEB BLAST EXTRA RELOADING DATA

Additional Loads For .44 Magnum Carbine/Handgun Combos

.44 Magnum Handloaded Ammo Performance Marlin M336 .44 Magnum x 20″ with Bushnell 4X scope
Bullet Powder Charge (Gr.) Velocity Group Size (inch)
Hornady 240 JHP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,696 1-1/4
Speer 240 JHPW W296 24.5 gr. 1,681 3/4
Speer 240 JSP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,672 7/8
Hornady 265 JSP WW296 23.0 gr. 1,621 1-1/4
Lyman #431244GC #2400 20.0 gr. 1,624 1
NEI #295.429KTGC* WW296 21.5 gr. 1,547 1
SAECO 240 FPGC #2400 20.0 gr. 1,674 5/8
Browning B92 .44 Magnum x 20″ with Factory Buckhorn Sights
Bullet Powder Charge (Gr.) Velocity Group Size (inch)
Hornady 240 JHP WW296 24.5 gr. 24.5 gr. 2
Hornady 240 JHP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,679 1-1/4
Speer 240 JHPW W296 24.5 gr. 1,661 1-3/4
Speer 240 JSP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,748 2-1/2
Hornady 265 JSP WW296 23.0 gr. 1,541 2
Lyman #431244GC* #2400 20.0 gr. 1,615 1-1/4
NEI #295.429KTGC* WW296 21.5 gr. 1,533 1-1/2
SAECO 240 FPGC #2400 20.0 gr. 1,659 3
Winchester Trapper Model 94 .44 Magnum x 16″ with Factory Sights
Bullet Brass/Powder Charge Velocity Group Size
Hornady 240 JHP WW296 24.5 gr. 1,686 1
Hornady 240 JHP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,703 1
Speer 240 JHP WW296 24.5 gr. 1,723 1-3/8
Speer 240 JSP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,711 1-1/2
Hornady 265 JSP WW296 23.0 gr. 1,563 1
Lyman #431244GC* #2400 20.0 gr. 1,550 1-1/2
NEI #295.429KTGC* WW296 21.5 gr. 1,516 1-1/2
SAECO 240 FPGC #2400 20.0 gr. 1,440 2-1/2
Easy Shooting Loads: Winchester Model 94 Trail’s End 24″
Bullet Brass/Powder Charge Velocity Group Size
Oregon Trail 240 SWC Unique 7.5 gr. 1,154 7/8
Oregon Trail 240 SWC WW231 7.0 gr 1,087 3/4
Oregon Trail 225 RNFP Red Dot 6.0 gr. 1,099 1
Notes: Groups the product of 3 Shots at 50 yards. Chronograph screens set at 10′ from muzzle. CCI #350 primers, #300 in Easy Shooting Loads, used in Federal¬† brass. * Must be crimped over front band to feed through action of Marlin and Browning.
Ruger Bisley Model .44 Magnum x 5-1/2″
Bullet Brass/Powder Charge Velocity Group Size
Hornady 240 JHP WW296 24.5 gr. 1,472 1-1/2
Hornady 240 JHP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,431 1-3/8
Speer 240 JHPW W296 24.5 gr. 1,342 1-3/8
Speer 240 JSP #2400 22.0 gr. 1,362 1-3/4
Hornady 265 JSP WW296 23.0 gr. 1,317 1
Lyman #431244GC* #2400 20.0 gr. 1,228 1-1/2
NEI #295.429KTGC* WW296 21.5 gr. 1,304 1-1/4
SAECO 240 FPGC #2400 20.0 gr. 1,263 1-5/8
Easy Shooting Loads: Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum x 7-1/2″
Bullet Brass/Powder Charge Velocity Group Size
Oregon Trail 240 SWC Unique 7.5 gr. 954 1-1/4
Oregon Trail 240 SWC WW231 7.0 gr. 957 1-1/4
Oregon Trail 225 RNFP Red Dot 6.0 gr. 909 1-5/8
Notes: Groups the product of 5 Shots at 20 yards. Chronograph screens set at 10′ from muzzle. CCI #350 primers, #300 in Easy Shooting Loads, used in Federal brass.
ADDENDUM
Heavyweight Bullets in the Winchester Trapper 16-1/2″ .44 Magnum Levergun
Bullet Powder Load MV
NEI #295.429GC (290 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr. 1,240
Unique 10.0 gr. 1,279
H4227 21.0 gr. 1,474
AA#91 8.5 gr. 1,478
L’il Gun 19.5 gr. 1,527
#2400 18.5 gr. 1,560
H110 21.5 gr. 1,563
Cast Performance
Bullet Powder Load MV
300LBT-GC (298 gr.) H4227 21.0 gr. 1,478
AA#9 18.5 gr. 1,523
L’il Gun 19.5 gr. 1,534
#2400 18.5 gr. 1,549
H110 21.5 gr. 1,584
WW296 21.5 gr. 1,612
320LBT-GC (321 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr. 1,111
H4227 20.0 gr. 1,382
AA#9 17.5 gr. 1,412
L’il Gun 18.5 gr. 1,453
#2400 17.5 gr. 1,456
H110 20.5 gr. 1,471
WW296 20.5 gr. 1,521
Lyman #429650GC (306 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr 1,225
H4227 20.0 gr 1,389
AA#9 17.5 gr. 1,421
L’il Gun 18.5 gr. 1,490
#2400 17.5 gr. 1,501
H110 20.5 gr. 1,515
WW296 20.5 gr. 1,526
Lyman #429649GC (331 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr. 1,114
H4227 20.0 gr. 1,409
AA#9 17.5 gr. 1,390
L’il Gun 18.5 gr. 1,472
#2400 17.5 gr. 1,466
H110 20.5 gr. 1,499
WW296 20.5 gr. 1,526
RCBS #440300GC (301 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr. 1,222
H4227 21.0 gr. 1,460
AA#9 18.5 gr. 1,507
L’il Gun 19.5 gr. 1,527
#2400 18.5 gr. 1,552
H110 21.5 gr. 1,561
WW296 21.5 gr. 1,592
Oregon Trail 300TC (299 gr.) Unique 9.0 gr. 1,179
H4227 20.0 gr. 1,428
AA#9 17.5 gr. 1,428
L’il Gun 18.5 gr. 1,482
H110 20.5 gr. 1,540
WW296 20.5 gr. 1,582

For more info:

www.marlinfirearms.com
www.ruger.com
www.laser-cast.com
www.lymanproducts.com
www.federalcartridge.com
www.hornady.com
www.speer-bullets.com
www.winchester.com
(Alliant) www.atk.com

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