44 Special for PH Short Course

44 Special for PH Short Course

Postby 260 Striker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:16 pm

I have the urge to shoot PH Short Course with 44 Special and 245 grain Lee cast round nose plain base bullets. Just looking for a mild but accurate load that will group well out to 100 yards. I figured the old round nose design would be just as accurate as a SWC for the short course. Shot lots of 44 mags over the years but not many Specials. Any good loads out there that I could try. I'm guessing my best accuracy would be in the mid-800 fps range with the Lee bullet. Bullets cast out of wheel weights, sized .430 and lubed with LBT Blue lube. Will be nice to shoot a mild load that won't beat me up. I saw an old 44 Special thread on the FP forum but not much help there. I will be using a six inch Taurus M44 with 4X scope. This gun is legal for PH but not for any other IHMSA category since it is ported. Doesn't make sense to me but I am easily fooled.
Thanks for any good loads that you would care to share with me.
Lynn Shultz
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Re: 44 Special for PH Short Course

Postby BADDOG-0302 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:53 pm

See if you can find any data for the 44 Mag. and Trail Boss, the Cowboy action shooters may be able to help. When the S/O started shooting I loaded a 250 gn SWC over 7.0 or 7.5 gn. of Unique. I found that a pinch of "poly filler" to hold the powder charge ar the rear of the case helped. It's a PITA pulling a pinch of the filler and then stuffing it in a case, but it dosen;t cost much.
Send my your mail to address and I'l send you some.

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