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44 Special +P, all bullet weights
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215gr LSWC 11.0 grHerco 1,180 fps1.565" Win LP guest
USE ONLY IN LARGE FRAME, POST-WAR REVOLVERS! THis load is based somewhat on the 11.2/Unique/250 load once touted by Elmer Keith. Velocity is estimated, but with high confidence. I wanted to use a 240SWC but had none. The 215SWC (VERY short nose)was a workable substitute. Accuracy (2"/5shots/50y) AND recoil are such that I’m hesitant to change anything. This load was shot from a nearly-new S&W M624. No pressure signs, but this is as heavy as I’M incloned to go. Even if I COULD increase the powder charge by .5 to 1.0 grains, I doubt it’ll kill whitetail dear any "deader".

240gr LSWC 10.3 grAlliant Blue Dot 920 fps Win LP guest
This load was taken from the Alliant guide. However, it seems to shoot better about 1 gr higher. Probably not good for most 44 specials, fine for the 629’s. Sincerely, David Smith

240gr LSWC 13.5 grNew imr4227 947 fps CCI SP guest
Hogden did not discontinue h4227 powder. They have repackaged the powder under the imr4227 lable. Check to make sure that the powder was manufactured in Australia. This is identical to the old h4227. Excellent load in 7.5 inch barrel. It is the only powder on the market that will launch a 240 gr. bullet at 900 ft/sec and still be at the pressure limits of the 44 special. You can actually load this up about 1.5 grs higher in the 44 special if shooting from 629. Very accurate.

250gr LSWC 7.5 grUnique 950 fps1.59" WLP Admin
This is generally known as Skeeter Skeltons load. It’s above typical 44 Special loads but not in Elmer Keiths pressure range.

250gr LSWC 17.5 gr2400 1,140 fps1.59" WLP Admin
Elmer Keiths famous load, 27,000 PSI according to Speer. The velocity was measured from a 6" M29-2. This should not be used in medium or small frame 44 Special revolvers.
http://www.handloads.com/articles/44SpecialHeavyLoads.asp

250gr LSWC 20.0 grH110 1,148 fps1.59" WLP Admin
High pressure 44 Special load, should be near 27,000 PSI and should not be fired in medium or small frame 44 Specials.

Velocity is from a 6" M29.
http://www.handloads.com/articles/44SpecialHeavyLoads.asp

250gr LSWC 18.0 grH110 1,000 fps1.59" WLP Admin
Velocity from a 6" M29, not a terribly accurate load, I belive the pressure is to low for H110 to burn optimally.
http://www.handloads.com/articles/44SpecialHeavyLoads.asp

250gr LSWC 19.0 grLil’Gun 1,200 fps1.59" WLP Admin
High pressure 44 Special load, should be near or above 27,000 PSI and should not be fired in medium or small frame 44 Specials. Velocity is from a 6" M29.
http://www.handloads.com/articles/44SpecialHeavyLoads.asp

250gr LSWC 16.0 grLil’Gun 1,032 fps1.59" WLP Admin
Velocity was measured from a 6" M29, appears to be a fairly low pressure load. This was extremely consistant in my M29 with an extreme spread of 25 fps and a standard dev of 9 fps.
http://www.handloads.com/articles/44SpecialHeavyLoads.asp

250gr LSWC 8.5 grUnique 1,058 fps  Admin
Velocity from a 5.5" barrel, source Handloader #228. Recommended only for postwar Colt, S&W or Ruger revolvers.

250gr LSWC 8.0 grPower Pistol 998 fps  Admin
Velocity from a 4.75" barrel, source Handloader #228. Recommended only for postwar Colt, S&W or Ruger revolvers.

250gr LSWC 8.0 grUniversal Clays 1,033 fps  Admin
Velocity from a 4.25" barrel, source Handloader #228. Recommended only for postwar Colt, S&W or Ruger revolvers.

250gr LSWC 17.5 gr2400 1,200 fps LP guest
elmer’s favorite load.speer pressure tested this recently to be 27000psi. bullet is lyman 429421

250gr JHP 15.5 grAlliant 2400 1,120 fps1500" Fed LP guest
17.5 gr.is Elmer’s load that in my opinion is MAX for 44 +p+ load. My load is 20% down from that load, it remains a hand full, but not objectional to fire. Watch out for the cylinder and muzzle flash if firing at dusk, or near night conditions. This should prove to be a nice hawg Load. I fired it from a near new 629-6 N frame Smith & Wesson 4 inch Mountain Gun......Happy shooting Don Avant

250gr LSWC 15.0 gr2400 Unknown1.650" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk re-chambered to .44 special. Accurate load. No pressure signs.

250gr LSWC 8.5 grUnique Unknown1.650" Fed LP guest
Good load in custom Ruger Blackhawk .44 special. No signs of excess pressure.

250gr LSWC 8.5 grAllient Power Pistol 1,075 fps1.640" Fed LP guest
Excellent load. Extreme Spread: 21.55 Standard Deviation: 8.60 For the velocity, a very mild recoiling load.

250gr LSWC 18.0 grH-110 1,147 fps1.640" Fed LP guest
Loads appear to group vertically. This load is approximately 2.0 grains less than maximum. No pressure signs. Extreme Spread: 68.96 Standard Deviation: 22.20

250gr LSWC 16.0 grLil Gun 1,201 fps Win LP guest
A nice load fairly equivalent to and Elmer Keith load. In my experience with my lot of Lil Gun, the powder behaves a lot closer to 2400 than H110. I tried 18.0 grains with the 250 grain SWC hard cast Keith bullet and had 10% split cases. This 16.0 load had an SD of 24 and shot under 2.5" offhand at 25 yards. Cases fell out nicely with no other pressure signs.

250gr LSWC 18.0 grH110 1,147 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/6 bbl. Pretty fair accuracy. Relatively pleasant to shoot although this is my max load for H110.

Admin Note: We suggest only using this in large frame 44 Specials.

250gr LSWC 15.5 gr2400 1,183 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. Slightly below Keiths famous load of 17.5 grains. No pressure signs at all. Fair accuracy.

Admin Note: We suggest only using this in large frame 44 Specials.

250gr LSWC 8.0 grPower Pistol 1,016 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. One of my favorite loads. Good accuracy. Power Pistol has always been a great shooter in the 44 Special +P.

250gr LSWC 11.0 grBlue Dot 1,023 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. Nice load with low pressure. Needs work on accuracy. SD: 21.65

250gr LSWC 16.5 grLil Gun 1,153 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. Average accuracy. No pressure signs although this load is getting up there!

Admin Note: We suggest only using this in large frame 44 Specials.

250gr LSWC 8.0 grUnique 1,047 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. Good load. Fair accuracy. SD:9.21.

Admin Note: This is 1.0 gr over what Speer #8 says is max. Probably not an overload in a Ruger, but might be to much for medium frame 44 Specials.

250gr LSWC 9.5 grHerco 1,114 fps1.565" Fed LP guest
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 bbl. Average accuracy. Near max load. No pressure signs. This load has a sharp felt recoil!

250 gr LSWC 15.0 gr2400 1,030 fps1.478" CCI LP guest
This is a good and very accurate load in the S&W N frame 44 special. It never gives any trouble on extraction or signs of pressure. The regular primer gives better accuracy in my gun than magnums. I got one inch groups at 20 yards with this when my eyes were younger.

255gr LSWC 18.5 gr2400 Unknown LP guest
This is very accurate and was Keith’s favorite load in the .44 special

(Admin note: This was Keiths load in old balloon head cases, he dropped it to 17.5gr in modern solid head brass)

255gr LSWC 10.0 grHS6 1,004 fps  Admin
Leadheads 44 Keith. Velocity from a 5.5" barrel, source Handloader #228. Recommended only for postwar Colt, S&W or Ruger revolvers.

255gr LSWC 17.0 grH4227 1,001 fps  Admin
Lyman 429244 GC. Velocity from a 5.5" barrel, source Handloader #228. Recommended only for postwar Colt, S&W or Ruger revolvers.

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