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Army GI
11-05-2007, 12:21 PM

I'm new to the 44 Magnum and I need to know what is a true "Standard" load for this cartridge?

I have fired 300gr 45 Colts and 240gr 44 Magnum from revolvers before. The 300 was especially unpleasant. The aforementioned 240gr was at 1600 fps. I have come to find out this is slightly hotter than normal.

I have found a few factory loads at 1180fps, but I believe these are light plinking loads. Though I don't know for sure because black hills loads their 44 Mag close to this level at 1250 or so fps.

I'm not looking for light loads or monster loads. I just want the the plain, standard issue if you will, 44 Magnum. What factory product will give me this?

I will be using a 6.5" Taurus revolver. I know most of these loads are chronographed in 4" barrels. What velocity can I expect from a 6.5" bbl?

11-05-2007, 12:27 PM
The "standard" fast factory load uses a 240-grain bullet at 1,350 fps for 971 ft-lbs of energy.

IAW. Guns and Ammo magazine

Army GI
11-05-2007, 12:30 PM
What length barrel?

11-05-2007, 12:34 PM
What length barrel?
Probably a 6"

Both Remington and Blackhills load theirs to 1180 fps from a 4" barrel

Army GI
11-05-2007, 12:45 PM
Oh alright, so that means I get a pretty good increase in velocity from a 4" to a 6" using either of those loads. Thanks.

11-05-2007, 2:18 PM
look up Elmer Keiths load. thats pretty much the one the put the .44 on the map.

Army GI
11-05-2007, 4:10 PM
Wow, looks like it was right at about 1400fps! What a load considering .357 magnum is supposed to be at 1500fps.

11-05-2007, 4:47 PM
Bullet type matters too, a jacketed 240 gr flat nose soft point will kick more than a 240 gr hollowpoint of the same weight (given an equal powder charge). It must have something to do with the weight being near the circumference and it's ability to spin into the rifling with less inertial resistance compared to a regular bullet. At any rate, hollowpoint bullets often can be loaded to higher levels than other types. of course the bullet diameter and seating depth all contribute to pressure, but be sure to consider this.