Need to load some range loads with 240 gr factory cast for a friend to try this gun, to see if he really wants to buy it. What I tried years ago was so smoky, you had to stop and wipe the front sight off every 3 shots. The gun was an RSR Wholesale special run, 3" ported 629, with a lanyard ring and rubber stocks. I think it was called the Trail model or some such. The porting really works well, not bad to shoot even with full-toot loads.
I fear that you will find on many ported revolvers that shooting lubed lead bullets will produce a similar result to what you describe.......at least they do in most all of my ported revolvers. I have switched over to loading plated bullets with clean burning powder and the problem is solved. Just a thought.
All very true, BUT: I have at least 750 lead bullets that fit the only 44 in the fleet. Would be nice to use a few up before I sell it. Of course, 6 or 8 boxes of jacketed ones on the shelf too. Maybe I will use a few of those for light loads, 750-900 fps. Also have like 9 boxes of factory loads that I will give him with the gun if he buys it. Those are a bit intense to sell a pistol to a guy who usually shoots 9mm, and some 45.
I don’t own a magnum but I own 3 44 special revolvers. With a 200-210gr. pill I like 5.5-5.7gr. of Red Dot. A quick review of the Alliant powder guide shows 6.5gr. of Red Dot at 905fps launching a 240gr. Cast SWC using the .44 magnum case.
Yeah anything lubed lead is going to smoke like a freight train. Plus the lead does wipe off in the porting. So I would load some jacketed for him to try. If he wants to load lead after he buys it, then he'll find out how much it smokes.
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If he buys this pistol, I will also teach him to reload. I have a bunch of cases, mostly once fired, and boxes of jacketed bullets, not to mention 650 or so cast/swaged ones. Time to start passing some of the goodies on to the next generation, IF they are interested. He is.
Anyone that plans to shoot any big bore handgun a lot, need to be:
(2) OR a handloader!
Being a handloader allows us folks to tailor our loads from wild to mild.....win-win
True, true. He says he has a secret stash of gun money. He is a nurse, works Fri thru Sun. I will try to take him shooting next week. He also wants a K-31, and there is a New Blackhawk 45 LC that he wants, but just doesn't know it yet!
Depends on the powder you have on hand, easier anyway.
If it was me, I’d looked to a midlin charge of Unique or more likely Hodgdon Universal powder.
My .44 Bisley is ported. I have had no problems shooting cast through it. What little leading I have found in the ports cleaned out easily.
How much trouble would it be for you to buy some coating powder and a cheap toaster oven from a thrift store and alleviate a good dose of leading issues? I use Missouri Bullet coated hard cast and don’t get any choo-choo smoke or leading for that matter. Ive never tried it myself but some swear by coating their own; something to consider.
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