Reloading The .44 Magnum

Posted on: Thursday January 7, 2021
Reloading The .44 Magnum
MD Smith

MD Smith


Reloading The .44 Magnum

Left to right:– 250 gr. SWC, 240 gr. HP, .44 with 225 gr. SWC-JHP, .44 with 250 gr. JHP
250 gr. SWC+GC, 265 gr. JFP, 240 gr. JSP

(WC= WadCutter, SWC= Semi-WadCutter,FP=Flat Point, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose), SP=Soft Point, (JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet)

Loads for .44 Magnum:

(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet sizes vary from .429″ for jacketed to .432″ for some lead in diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

(Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231)

(IMR 4227 is same as H-4227 if made in Australia)

165 grain Lead RNFP
HP-38/W231 6.0gr. 963
HP-38/W231 7.0 gr. 1,088 Max
Trail Boss 6.0 gr. 960
Trail Boss 8.0 gr. 1,086 max
Titegroup 5.3 gr. 949
Titegroup 6.5 gr. 1,083 max
Universal 6.5 gr. 918
Universal 7.2 gr. 1,059 max
180 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
Bullseye 11.5 gr. 1,520 FPS
Unique 13.0 gr. 1,550
2400 23.3 gr. 1,760
Universal 12.5 gr. 1,519
HP38/W231 10.0 gr. 1,307
HP38/W231 12.0 gr. 1,509
HS6 16.5 gr. 1,663
No. 2 11.1 gr. 1,444
No. 5 16.4 gr. 1,615
H110/W296 29.0 gr. 1,714
H110/W296 30.4 gr. 1,415
H110/W296 31.5 gr. 1,896 max
Lil'Gun 29.0 gr. 1,749
Lil'Gun 31.5 gr. 1,859 max
IMR-4227 27.5 gr. 1,519
IMR-4227 29.0 gr. 1,708
Universal 9.0 gr. 1,209
Universal 11.3 gr. 1,463 max
True Blue 14.9 gr. 1,476 start
True Blue 16.5 gr. 1,640 max
Enforcer 24.3 gr. 1,683 start
Enforcer 27.0 gr. 1,807 max
200 grain Lead SWC or RN (.430")
HP38/W231 5.8 gr. 875
HP38/W231 7.4 gr. 1,039 max
Universal 6.8 gr. 897
Universal 7.8 gr . 1,045 max
Trail Boss 6.1 gr. 890
Trail Boss 7.7 gr. 988 max
Titegroup 5.0 gr. 878
Titegroup 6.6 gr. 1,061 max
Enforcer 22.5 gr. 1,497 start (use GC)
Enforcer 24.8 gr. 1,606 max (use GC)
200 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
Bullseye 11.0 gr. 1,420 FPS
Unique 13.0 gr. 1,457
Universal 10.0 gr. 1,303
Universal 11.1 gr. 1,398 max
2400 23.2 gr. 1,665
HP38/W231 9.4 gr. 1,220
HP38/W231 10.0 gr. 1,277
HP38/W231 11.9 gr. 1,444 max
HS6 15.0 gr. 1,440 max
HS6 16.7 gr. 1,569 max
No. 2 11.0 gr. 1,342
No. 5 15.8 gr. 1,532
No. 9 19.9 gr. 1,457 max
H110/W296 27.5 gr. 1,708
H110/W296 28.5 gr. 1,806 max
Lil'Gun 27.5 gr. 1,667
Lil'Gun 29.5 gr. 1,794 max
IMR-4227 25.0 gr. 1,553
IMR-4227 27.0 gr. 1,686 max
Titegroup 9.7 gr. 1,331
Titegroup 10.8 gr. 1,433 max
True Blue 14.0 gr. 1,368 start
True Blue 15.5 gr. 1,520 max
215 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check
HP38 6.9 gr. 954
HS6 13.0 gr. 1,240
HS7 17.0 gr. 1,541
225 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point)
Bullseye 9.5 gr. 1,270 FPS
Unique 10.7 gr. 1,290
Unique 9.1 gr. 940 (Accuracy load)
2400 20.5  gr. 1,510
Universal 8.0 gr. 1,041
Universal 10.5 gr. 1,291 max
HP38 8.4 gr. 1,090
HS6 11.5 gr. 1,103 start
HS6 13.5 gr. 1,239
HS6 15.5 gr. 1,434 max
No. 2 10.5 gr. -----
No. 5 15.0 gr. -----
IMR4227 23.0 gr. 1,386
IMR4227 25.5 gr. 1,537
H110/W296 23.0 gr. 1,468
H110/W296 25.0 gr. 1,617 max
Lil'Gun 22.5 gr. 1,508
Lil'Gun 24.7 gr. 1,623 max
HP38/W231 8.4 gr. 1,101
HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,344 max
240 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check above 1100fps (GC)
Bullseye 9.8 gr. 1,175 FPS
Unique 11.8 gr. 1,255
2400 20.6 gr. 1,510
2400 20.0 gr. 1,666 in rifle (GC bullet)
Universal 7.0 gr.  1,045 (no GC)
HP-38 20.0 gr. No chrono, mild target load
No. 2 10.0 gr. 1,280
No. 5 14.0 gr. 1,440
No. 9 19.5 gr. 1,357
A 5744 24.0 gr. 1,446
231 11.0 gr. 1,285
IMR4227 22.0 gr. 1,310 max
HP38/W231 5.5 gr. 800
HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,334 max
Titegroup 4.7 gr. 801
Titegroup 10.0 gr. 1,228 max
Trail Boss 6.0 gr. 828
Trail Boss 7.3 gr. 917
True Blue 11.9 gr. 1,187
13.2 gr. 1,320 max
Enforcer 19.8 gr. 1,368 start
Enforcer 22.0 gr. 1,520 max
296* 25.0 gr. 1,560*

* use magnum primers

240 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP
Bullseye 8.9 gr. 1,215 FPS
Unique 10.3 gr. 1,250
2400 18.7 gr. 1,440
2400 21.9 gr. 1,642 in rifle (max)
IMR4227 22.0 gr. 1,301
IMR4227 24.0 gr. 1,458 max
Universal 8.0 gr. 1,018
Universal 10.2 gr. 1,246 max
HP38/W231 8.0 gr. 1,021
HP38/W231 11.0 gr. 1,272 max
HS6 12.0 gr. 1,211
HS6 15.1 gr. 1,417 max
No. 2 10.0 gr. 1,250
No. 5 14.4 gr. 1,383
No. 9 20.8 gr. 1,318 max
A 5744 24.0 gr. 1,413
231 11.2 gr. 1,280
296/H110 23.0 gr. 1,413
296/H110 24.0 gr. 1,430 Max
296/H110 24.2 gr. 1,590 (a bit over max)
Lil'Gun 22.5 gr. 1,440 max
Lil'Gun 24.5 gr. 1,582 max
Titegroup 9.0 gr. 1,219 max
Titegroup 10.0 gr. 1,292 max
250 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check (GC)
     (Note Cast Performance makes a 255 gr. GC lead bullet,
you can substitute, but don't use max loads)
Unique 8.7 gr. 925 fps
Clays 8.5 gr. 944
No.7 16.7 gr. 1,208
HP38 6.4 gr. 881
HS6 12.0 gr. 1,176 (use gas check)
HS7 13.0 gr. 1,237 (use gas check)
True Blue 11.1 gr. 1,115 start
True Blue 12.3 gr. 1,207 max
Enforcer 18.5 gr. 1,292 start
Enforcer 20.5 gr. 1,417 max
250 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP
HP38 7.0 gr. 944 FPS
HS6 13.5 gr. -----
HS7 14.0 gr. -----
Universal 10.2 gr. -----
2400 13.0 gr. 1,190
2400 15.0 gr. 1,360 max
IMR-4227 16.5 gr. 1,251
IMR-4227 18.4 gr. 1,421 max
265 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JFP
Bullseye 8.3 gr. 1,110 FPS
Unique 9.3 gr. 1,125 max
2400 17.0 gr. 1,300
Universal 10.0 gr. 1,160
HS6 13.5 gr. 1,287 max
HS7 14.0 gr. 1,295
W296/H110 22.8 gr, 1,589 in rifle (near Max)
270 grain JSP (Jacketed soft Point) or JFP
296/H110 19.5 gr. 1,295
296/H110 21.5 gr. 1,421 Max
Lil'Gun 19.0 gr. 1,305
Lil'Gun 21.5 gr. 1,439 max
HP38/W231 8.0 gr. 992
HP38/W231 10.2 gr. 1,194 max
Titegroup 8.6 gr. 1,100
Titegroup 9.6 gr. 1,175 max
IMR4227 20.5 gr. 1,275
IMR4227 22.5 gr. 1,425 max
300 grain JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) or JSP
Bullseye 7.5 gr. 955 FPS
Unique 8.3 gr. 955
2400 15.9 gr. 1,190
2400 15.9 gr. 972
Universal 8.0 gr. 972
Universal 9.6 gr. 1,113 max
No. 2 9.8 gr. 1,108
No. 5 13.0 gr. 1,220
A 5744 20.0 gr. 1,220
IMR4227 18.0 gr. 1,191
IMR4227 20.0 gr. 1,312 max
296/H110 18.0 gr. 1,266
296/H110 19.0 gr. 1,325 Max
Lil'Gun 15.5 gr. 1,168
Lil'Gun 17.7 gr. 1,280 max
Titegroup 8.6 gr. 1,079
Titegroup 9.6 gr. 1,185 max
Enforcer 16.2 gr. 1,170 start
Enforcer 18.0 gr. 1,300 max
300 grain Lead Cast Performance + Gas Check (GC)
Enforcer 16.7 gr. 1,225 start
Enforcer 18.5 gr. 1,361 max
310 grain Lead SWC or RN + Gas Check (GC)
Bullseye 6.8 gr. 975 FPS
Unique 7.2 gr. 965
2400 13.5 gr. 1,150
2400 14.5 gr. 1,194
True Blue 9.6 gr. 977 start
True Blue 10.7 gr. 1,055 max
Enforcer 16.5 gr. 1,171 start
Enforcer 18.3 gr. 1,301 max
325 grain Lead LFN + Gas Check (GC)(320 grain lead bullets also)
IMR4227 17.0 gr. 1,041
IMR4227 21.0C gr. 1,278 max
296/H110 20.0 gr. 1,264
296/H110 22.0 gr. 1,368 Max
Lil'Gun 17.0 gr. 1,217
Lil'Gun 20.0 gr. 1,360 max
Universal 8.0 gr. 942
Universal 10.0 gr. 1,090 max
HP38/W231 9.0 gr. 1,035
HP38/W231 10.3 gr. 1,125 max
Titegrouper 8.0 gr. 1,001
Titegroup 9.2 gr. 1,091 max
Enforcer 16.3 gr. 1,168 start
Enforcer 17.5 gr. 1,223
Enforcer 18.0 gr. 1,295 max
355 grain Lead FN + Gas Check (GC)
IMR4227 17.5 gr. 1,125
IMR4227 19.0 gr. 1,223 max
296/H110 17.5 gr. 1,168
296/H110 18.8 gr. 1,245 Max
Lil'Gun 16.0 gr. 1,178
Lil'Gun 17.5 gr. 1,247 max
Universal 7.8 gr. 922
Universal 8.8 gr. 991 max
HP38/W231 7.8 gr. 928
HP38/W231 8.8 gr. 1,001 max
Titegroup 7.0 gr. 1,001
Titegroup 8.2 gr. 994 max
Enforcer 16.3 gr. 1,118 max
Enforcer 17.5 gr. 1,223
Enforcer 18.0 gr. 1,295 max

 

Discussion: Unique is about the best all around powder, but if you want a slower burning powder, I suggest 2400. It can also be used effectively in rifle cartridges, like the 30-06, so it's a good one to have for the magnum pistol loads and for rifle.

Accurate now has reintroduced XMP-5744, a slow burning, bulky powder and is good in magnum pistol loads. Get a copy of their booklet and check this powder out. It may be the best of all.

Hodgdon's Universal, HP6, HP7 and HP38 are good powders for this cartridge. Also, Accurate's #2 and #5 work well. Winchester suggest their 231 or 296. Use a magnum primer with 296. (Update 2009: Since this page was put up, there are several new powders that are particularly good with Magnum pistol rounds. Lil'Gun and IMR 4227 (or H-4227) are two of the best I have used in my .460 and .500 S&W magnums and should be good for the .44 mag, but I have not tried them yet) I like Unique, and I also use it for .44 special, just less of it. If you have a lightweight .44 or older gun, you may want to start with 1.0 gr. less than amounts listed above, and work up to the full loads. - - - Below, are two loaded rounds. For lead bullets near 900-1,000 FPS, I recommend a GC (Gas Check), the little copper bottom on the lead bullet as below (5th item from left). For any loads over 1000 FPS, I suggest GC for sure or using a jacketed bullet. Jacketed bullets create a bit more wear on the rifling, but it's better than trying to wire brush out a bunch of lead build up. Just depends on what kinds of loads you plan to shoot.

Reloading The .44 Magnum

Left to right:-- 250 gr. SWC, 240 gr. HP, .44 with 225 gr. SWC-JHP, .44 with 250 gr. JHP
250 gr. SWC+GC, 265 gr. JFP, 240 gr. JSP

*
Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6, HS7, Lil'Gun, H4227 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WST, WSL, 760, 748, 231, 296 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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