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November 18, 2008, 15:57
I am looking for a good hunting load for my 44 ruger redhawk

Para Driver
November 18, 2008, 16:15
240 or 265 grain bullets?
What powder??

K. Funk
November 18, 2008, 16:50
What do you want to hunt? For deer, the 240 gr Hornady XTP and H110 cannot be beat. For bear, I would recommend a heavy, ie, 300 gr hard cast and H110.


November 18, 2008, 19:14
I am looking for something in the 240 grain projectile. as for powder thats why I asked the question.
I have never reloaded 44mag so I need to know whats the best powder for a ruger redhawk with an 8" barrel.

I dont know what I will be hunting but I wont be hunting bear.

November 18, 2008, 19:45
I have hunted all manner of game with a 44mag for years. From varmints to Moose.

For powder I favor three: H110/Win 296 and 2400. Any of these work as well as the other for big game loads.

For bullets I like hard cast lead with gas checks. But there are some good jacketed bullets for big game. The best jacketed one I have found so far for big game hunting is the Hornady XTP's. They are very tuff and will stay together no matter what. Some others I have tried over the years tended to come apart.

For Whitetail deer I would choose a 240 grain bullet and not look back. Either hard cast or jacketed it matters little.

I have shot many bear with the 44 mag. I like to use a 300 grain hardcast but truthfully it's more than I need. You can cleanly take black bear with a 240 grain bullet. If using a jacketed bullet for black bear I would make sure it was a XTP.

For moose and the like. I use a 300 grain hardcast lead bullet. I have shot them both broad side and quartering. Never have I not had an exit wound.

Griz again 300 grain hardcast. However I would have a rifle in my hands!

I have a Redhawk also and it's a fine revolver. Almost as good a shooter as my custom Blackhawk. Mine shoots the 300 grain hardcast lead very well with a charge of Win 296 and CCI primers. I have taken woodchucks at 70-80 yards with that load many times, (read shooting prone from a rest).

The 44mag is not all that picky of a cartridge. Play around a little and find what works best with your gun.

November 18, 2008, 20:04
Action Yobbo: Just read your last response.

Powder wise the three I listed for full power loads work well. I find 2400 is a bit more forgiving. If you use Win 296 or H110 don't go under what the books recommend.

For lighter loads Unique, Win 231 and Bullseye work pretty good. I have had the best luck with the Unique for 44 spl's and lighter 44mag loads with lead bullets. If using lead bullets without gas checks you will want to slow the loads down or cleaning will be a mess.


November 18, 2008, 22:04
I have found 2400 to be the best powder for full powder magnum loads.especially with the180 grain bullets. they fly fast and straight and make a very impressive muzzle blast. the 300 grain bullets can be a bit much with lighter guns just dont forget to load up some 44 specials for target pracrice.

November 18, 2008, 22:25
I only ever shoot mag loads. I was using older winchester factory loads from about 15 years ago and the gun worked great but the new winchester has a different projectile and the groups are double. so I figured its time to do some reloading
I use this gun for target shooting out to 200 yards.

November 18, 2008, 22:33
I like W-296 for both 180 and 240 grain jacketed bullets. Deer aren't big animals, even Rocky Mountain mule deer, and a full-powered 180 grainer will usually give complete penetration. I like the Sierra 180 jhp. I have never taken a big game animal with a 240 grain jhp.

The cast bullet I have shot the most is a Lyman 429421 255 grain SWC I make up myself. I find the accuracy to be slightly better in most guns with 2400 powder and a STANDARD LARGE PISTOL PRIMER. The LP primer gives less pressure signs than the Magnum Large Pistol primer with 2400. I have shot thousands of those. They blow through any mule or whitetail deer from any angle when loaded to 1,2000 fps or more.

November 19, 2008, 07:50
Loaded the 44 Mag for a Long time using bullets from 180-300 gr..
My Favorite powder hands down is H-110...

I have loaded with Unique, and others but H-110 has become my Old Stand-by..

The 44 Mag Round in general is very good and I think finding a load the gun likes should be very easy..

November 19, 2008, 09:16
H110 and WW296 scare me... but then I like to tinker. 2400 is my favorite "Magnum" powder, easily reduced, respond like you would expect it to when you interpolate your own data(playing with OAL, Bullet length, reduced charges etc...).

I use a relatively soft cast(10 BHN or so) 310 grain wide flat nose gas checked bullet over a goodly charge of 2400. These loads exceed factory 45-70 loads when shot out of my Marlin Carbine.

5-6 grains of Solo 1000 or green dot with a 200 grain bullet makes a fun plinker.