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Posted: April 05 2009 at 9:38am | IP Logged Quote zfk55

Anyone have any cast bullet load data for anything other than 200, 205 or 240gr cast projectiles? I'm specifically looking for 220.
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Posted: April 05 2009 at 10:26am | IP Logged Quote One Bullet Dan


Lee list the starting load for a 200gr. with Acc.#2 at 5.2 grains. The starting load for a 215gr. with the same powder is 5.5gr. I personally wouldn`t be scared to start off with anything in between for a 220grainer. NOTE: This is my personal opinion. Your results may vary. (love the lawyer crap, don`t you?)

Welcome to the fourm! I`m sure some of the boys already have a pet load for a 220gr.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 10:47am | IP Logged Quote zfk55

Thanks for the answer, Dan. I lost the load data logbook for that mold/sizer at some point in the past 15 or 20 years. My son in law just happened to fire the last cast reloads through the revolver and lever action 44-40s yesterday when I discovered the logbook was missing. I wasn't paying attention to the dwindling live round containers and the growing bucket of 44-40 brass.
I seem to remember using around 11gr of 2400, but my memory is getting foggy with the passing years.
Thanks again, and thanks for the welcome.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 11:08am | IP Logged Quote One Bullet Dan

Oops! I meant to ask you what kind of powder you planed on using! Haven`t found anything on 2400 yet, but I`ll keep looking.
Usually, if I can`t find the exact weight of bullet, I`ll check out the next highest and next lowest, cut back a bit, and see what happens. I`d be lost without a chrony and a good eye for high pressure signs on brass.
I normally don`t go for the big boomer type rounds. As long as they`re fairly accurate and pleasant to shoot, it works for me. I figure the brass will last longer and the gun will too.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 11:15am | IP Logged Quote zfk55

I may have been using 6gr or so of Unique too, but that may have been for the 44 special.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 11:52am | IP Logged Quote One Bullet Dan

Sounds about right for Unique. Lee list 6.1gr for the 240gr. bullet as a starting load.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 12:02pm | IP Logged Quote zfk55

Thanks, Dan. I'm going to go out to the weapons room and go for it, or at least 50 of them. Still too cold and too much snow to want to set up the chronograph. Once I'm able to do that I'll post results.
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welcome zfk55!

I use 11 gr of Unique with a 200 gr bullet in my S&W 44-40.
You could start of 2 gr less if its an old revolver.

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Posted: April 05 2009 at 1:10pm | IP Logged Quote zfk55

Thank you STCM. They were brand new 25 years ago. 44-40 in matching revolver and rifle. I believe they're from Navy Arms. Incredibly accurate revolver.
Thanks for the welcome. Took a long time to find you, but I'll be a regular.

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