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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:15:02 PM EDT
I might try reloading 44 magnum with 240 gr cast bullets. Will be shot from Marlin 1894 rifle. Is there reloading data for type of powder and powder weight that people commonly use ?
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 12:17:07 PM EDT
I would look in the rifle section of your reloading manual.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 12:21:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By John87:
I would look in the rifle section of your reloading manual.


Hodgdon online has some data, just wanted to see what others are using.

Link Posted: 1/21/2013 12:33:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hkusp:
Originally Posted By John87:
I would look in the rifle section of your reloading manual.


Hodgdon online has some data, just wanted to see what others are using.



I do know that you would want to use wad cutters or semi-wad cutters if you are loading them into a tubular magazine.

Hopefully someone who has a good pet load will be along to give you a good suggestion.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 1:52:43 PM EDT
I have tried true 250gr "Keith" style semi-wadcutters in my Rossi M92 and they wouldn't feed. The bullet was too long. They feed fine though when I load them in 44spl cases.

I would suggest a RNFP bullet
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 2:05:48 PM EDT
Make sure you slug your barrel. A few years back I was trying to work up some 250 Keith bullets for my 1894 and I had substantial leading. I don't remember what the groove diameter was but I remember it was over .430 and I didn't have the correct sizing die or a big enough mold so that project kind of drifted off to the wayside.

NOTE: this is a late 70s early 80s era 1894 with micro-groove barrel.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 2:57:09 PM EDT
This is good advice. Make sure you slug the barrel and like Henny says, some are micro grooved which have their own special considerations.

Originally Posted By Henny:
Make sure you slug your barrel. A few years back I was trying to work up some 250 Keith bullets for my 1894 and I had substantial leading. I don't remember what the groove diameter was but I remember it was over .430 and I didn't have the correct sizing die or a big enough mold so that project kind of drifted off to the wayside.

NOTE: this is a late 70s early 80s era 1894 with micro-groove barrel.


Link Posted: 1/21/2013 3:16:31 PM EDT
Mine is a 1971 micro-groove. Thinking about getting some .430 bullets from Beartooth.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 3:17:38 PM EDT
Get yourself a Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook #4.

Has all the data you'll need and more for loading cast bullets.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 3:26:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hkusp:
Mine is a 1971 micro-groove. Thinking about getting some .430 bullets from Beartooth.

Slug it first. I know mine was larger than .430.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:17:34 PM EDT
I thought with a Micro grove barrel you have to use gas check bullets ?
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:30:24 PM EDT
what the heck? does noone ever buy reload manuals any more?
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:11:42 PM EDT
The clasic load is 2400. The powder supposedly been reformulated and the modern cases have less volunm so the old "Kieth" loads are considered too high.

The average commercial lead bullets are pretty hard and really start to shine when you start getting up towards the upper end of things but
use the modern data and standard cautions.

I have found a happy load that works well in my S&W 629 and also in my Marlin cowboy with the cut rifeling, micro grove might be a bit more work
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 7:10:04 PM EDT
I use the same loads I'd put into any of my pistols. No need to do anything different.

But, I have a Ballard barrel. For a micro-groove, you might want to check this out:
http://www.leverguns.com/articles/fryxell/microgrove-barrels.htm
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 7:29:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 2hawk:
I use the same loads I'd put into any of my pistols. No need to do anything different.

But, I have a Ballard barrel. For a micro-groove, you might want to check this out:
http://www.leverguns.com/articles/fryxell/microgrove-barrels.htm

Thanks for the link 2hawk. One of these days I'll revisit loading for my 1894s!
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 9:27:27 PM EDT
Once you find the best mold for your bbl, the typical loads are just fine.

I find running the same loads I use for pistol working just fine in my lever gun. Typically 2400 or H110 for the full up loads, and W231 for the low power plinkers. Trail Boss works too.

See which bullet diameter works for your rig and I am sure you will be able to find loads to match.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 9:46:17 PM EDT
2400 or H110

gas check if you gonna shoot over 1,100 fps.....
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