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145gr shot cap 8.2 grAA #5 1,053 fps1.510" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 7.4 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases
This load uses shot capsules with 145gr of #9 shot.

Pressure: 12,200 CUP

180gr JHP 6.0 grHP38 960 fps1.4" WLP guest
Very accurate out of my 6" M29 and 3" M24. Easily shoots 2" groups offhand at 10 yards.

180gr XTP 7.7 grVV N320 1,054 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.9 gr

180gr XTP 8.8 grVV N330 1,130 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.9 gr

180gr XTP 9.7 grVV N340 1,168 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 8.7 gr

180gr XTP 10.7 grVV N350 1,173 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 9.6 gr

180gr JHC 6.5 grBullseye 910 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.9 gr

Pressure: 12,000

180gr JHC 6.4 grRed Dot 885 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.8 gr

Pressure: 12,100

180gr JHC 6.7 grGreen Dot 925 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 6.0 gr

Pressure: 12,400

180gr JHC 9.0 grUnique 985 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 8.1 gr

Pressure: 12,500

180gr JHC 9.8 grHerco 1,000 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 8.8 gr

Pressure: 12,600

180gr JHC 13.5 grBlue Dot 1,020 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 12.2 gr

Pressure: 11,900

180gr JHC 16.0 gr2400 950 fps1.6" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 14.4 gr

Pressure: 11,400

180gr JHP 5.2 grNitro 100 920 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.7 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

180gr JHP 5.9 grAA #2 911 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 5.3 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

180gr JHP 8.7 grAA #5 1,000 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 7.8 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

180gr JHP 10.5 grAA #7 1,000 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 9.5 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

180gr JHP 6.5 grNitro 100 Unknown CCI SP guest

Admin Note: Probably over max for standard 44 Special pressures, Accurate does not recommend this powder for the 44 Special

180gr TMJ 6.0 gramerican select 875 fps Fed LP guest
 

185gr LRNFP 6.4 grUniversal 1,031 fps1.4" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.8 gr

Pressure: 13,900 CUP

185gr LRNFP 5.6 grHP38 953 fps1.4" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 12,500 CUP

185gr LRNFP 5.5 grTiteGroup 1,025 fps1.4" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 11,600 CUP

185gr LRNFP 4.2 grCLAYS 930 fps1.4" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 3.8 gr

Pressure: 13,200 CUP

190gr LSWC 5.0 grUnique Unknown Fed LP guest
Accurate target load in my 5-in S&W 629. I can increase powder to 5.5 grains

Email author: P220 
See all of P220's loads 
190gr LWC 3.7 grNitro 100 823 fps1.265" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.3 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 12,800 CUP

190gr LWC 4.4 grSolo 1000 842 fps1.265" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.0 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 12,700 CUP

190gr LWC 4.0 grAA #2 836 fps1.265" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.6 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 12,800 CUP

190gr LWC 6.7 grAA #5 871 fps1.265" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 6.0 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 13,200 CUP

200gr XTP 7.1 grVV N320 983 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.4 gr

200gr XTP 8.6 grVV N330 1,056 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.7 gr

200gr XTP 9.2 grVV N340 1,091 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 8.3 gr

200gr XTP 10.1 grVV N350 1,104 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 9.1 gr

200gr LRN 4.0 grRed Dot Unknown CCI SP guest
Use the 44 Special case. Can be used in Colt replicas also and any 44 magnum when target plinking.

200gr LFP 4.3 grRed Dot 650 fps CCI SP guest
Great load for those short 44 specials.

200gr LFP 5.1 grVihtavuori 611 fps5 1/2" Fed LP guest
 

200gr LSWC 4.1 grNitro 100 867 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.7 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 11,100 CUP

200gr LSWC 4.3 grSolo 1000 813 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.9 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 9,400 CUP

200gr LSWC 5.2 grAA #2 905 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.7 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

200gr LSWC 7.4 grAA #5 959 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 6.7 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

200gr LSWC 9.5 grAA #7 992 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 8.6 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

200gr LSWC 11.5 grAA #9 1,020 fps1.465" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 10.4 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

200gr JHP 6.0 grIMR 700-X 838 fps Win LP guest
Speer 200 grain Gold Dot HP at just under the max listed at the Speer website. Starline unfired nickle-plated brass. Shot in a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug 2.5" barrel (2006 production), 838 fps SD13. 15 Yard 5-shot gruop offhand 1.1". Recoil quite manageable and plenty more powerful than a .38 snub.

200gr JHP 6.0 gr700-X 838 fps Win LP guest
Here’s a nice standard pressure defense load based on Speer data, with the 200 grain Gold Dot HP bullet in Starline nickel brass. SD was only 8 and in the Charter Bulldog Pug it was amazingly accurate with a 2" offhand group at 25 yards. Recoil was quite manageable.

208gr LSWC 5.7 grunique 705 fps1.250" Win LP guest
this is a Lee wadcutter fired from a Taurus 445 2" barrel.

208gr LFP 4.3 grTrail Boss Unknown Win LP guest
This load uses the Lee 429-208-WC seated at the crimping groove with a good crimp. First batch all went into the black.

220gr FPJ 6.4 grVV N320 894 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.8 gr

220gr FPJ 7.4 grVV N330 952 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.7 gr

220gr FPJ 7.6 grVV N340 932 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.8 gr

220gr FPJ 8.8 grVV N350 974 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.9 gr

235gr LSWC-HP 7.0 grUnique (Alliant) 929 fpscgruv" CCI SP guest
From 6.5 Heritage Mod 24. Printed a .95" five at 25yards group from this revolver with a dot sight installed. The bullet is the keith type lyman swchp cast from chilled shot.

240gr LSWC 7.5 grUnique 950 fps1.5" WLP Admin
Classic Skeeter Skelton load, no 44 Special database is complete without this one.

240gr LSWC 4.6 grNo. 2 620 fps1.5" WLP guest
Very light load, similar to current factory loads.

240gr LSWC 5.1 grHP38 765 fps1.5" WLP guest
 

240gr LSWC 5.0 grWin 231 770 fps1.55" Win LP guest
My favorite fun load in this caliber.

240gr LSWC 7.0 grWin 231 920 fps CCI 300 guest
Shot thru my 44 mag 7.5 inch Redhawk is extremely accurate at all distances.

240gr JHP 3.8 grNitro 100 583 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.4 gr

240gr JHP 4.0 grS1000 587 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.6 gr

240gr JHP 4.5 grNo. 2 604 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

240gr JHP 6.5 grNo. 5 730 fps1.485" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 5.9 gr

240gr JTC-Sil 5.7 grVV N320 751 fps1.48"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.1 gr

240gr JTC-Sil 6.4 grVV N330 789 fps1.48"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.8 gr

240gr JTC-Sil 7.3 grVV N340 850 fps1.48"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.6 gr

240gr JTC-Sil 8.4 grVV N350 910 fps1.48"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.6 gr

240gr LSWC 13.2 grH4227 947 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 11.9 gr

Pressure: 12,600 CUP

240gr LSWC 8.0 grHS6 917 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 7.2 gr

Pressure: 13,000 CUP

240gr LSWC 5.6 grUniversal 873 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 13,300 CUP

240gr LSWC 5.2 grHP38 858 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.7 gr

Pressure: 13,200 CUP

240gr LSWC 4.8 grTiteGroup 862 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.3 gr

Pressure: 13,100 CUP

240gr LSWC 4.0 grCLAYS 771 fps1.45" WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 3.6 gr

Pressure: 13,500 CUP

240gr Lead 4.9 grWin 231 800 fps  Winchester
Suggested starting load: 4.4 gr

Pressure: 13,000 CUP

240gr LSWC 6.5 grunique 800 fps std guest
used mostly in colt saa 5 & 4 bbls recoil not abusive...also used in charter arms bulldog 3in...recoil noticeable but not unmanageable..shoots soft in most 44 mags

240gr LSWC 4.7 grAmerican Select 800 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.2 gr
5.6" test barrel

Pressure: 13,100 CUP

240gr LSWC 7.3 grPower Pistol 850 fps1.480" Win LP guest
Velocity from 3" barrel. Warm load,but not excessive.

240gr JHP 15.0 gr296 1,149 fps  Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 13.5 gr
Hodgdons 26th Ed, 7" test barrel.

Pressure: 15,400 CUP

240gr LSWC 4.3 grbullseye Unknown CCI SP guest
 

240gr LFP 6.9 grUnique 760 fps1.462" CCI SP guest
A federal standard primer was used, and the bullet was crimped. Accuracy is excellent with this load from a 6" Colt Anaconda, with most holes almost touching.

240gr LFP 4.8 gr700X Unknown CCI SP guest
Lead SWC bullets. O.A.L. depends on bullet. Crimp into crimp groove. Very accurate. Stout! 4.3 is also very accurate. 700X beat out several fast powders in .44 Sp.

Email author: ac12 
See all of ac12's loads 
240gr LFP 4.4 grTitegroup Unknown CCI LP guest
Great light-shooting cowboy action/small game load for the 44 Special. With a good well-lubricated lead rnfp bullet, it’ll shoot one-hole groups at 30 yds. out of a Winchester Model 94 and gets decent accuracy with a Ruger Vaquero.

245gr LRN 3.8 grNitro 100 752 fps1.6" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.4 gr

245gr LRN 4.5 grS1000 791 fps1.6" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

245gr LRN 4.7 grNo. 2 819 fps1.6" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.2 gr

245gr LRN 6.8 grNo. 5 860 fps1.6" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 6.1 gr

246gr LRN 4.5 grBullseye 765 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 11,700

246gr LRN 4.3 grRed Dot 740 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.9 gr

Pressure: 11,900

246gr LRN 5.0 grGreen Dot 785 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.5 gr

Pressure: 11,900

246gr LRN 6.0 grUnique 800 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.4 gr

Pressure: 11,700

246gr LRN 7.7 grHerco 805 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 6.9 gr

Pressure: 12,100

246gr LRN 9.2 grBlue Dot 845 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 8.3 gr

Pressure: 12,300

246gr LRN 11.3 gr2400 805 fps1.59" WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 10.2 gr

Pressure: 11,500

246gr Lead 5.4 grWin 231 795 fps  Winchester
Suggested starting load: 4.9 gr

Pressure: 12,500 CUP

246gr LRN 4.0 grBullseye 671 fpscgrov" LP guest
Reasonable factory Round Nose duplicate WW Factory from same 6.5" BBL= 719 Remington Factory from same = 669fps

248*gr LRN 6.0 grUnique 870 fpscrgrv" LP guest
From 6.5 Smith Heritage 24 Velocity (70degrees) is with "New Clean Unique" Five rounds with Old dirty Unique = 846 Five rounds with 1967 Hercules Unique+ 810 bullet is Ideal 429251

250gr L-429421 15.0 gr2400 1,019 fps1.56" WLP guest
Converted M-28 6 1/2" 1950 Target Barrel. This is a very accurate and sensible load for the M-24.

250gr FPJ 5.7 grVV N320 764 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.1 gr

250gr FPJ 6.2 grVV N330 775 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.6 gr

250gr FPJ 6.8 grVV N340 805 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.1 gr

250gr FPJ 7.8 grVV N350 873 fps1.469"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.0 gr

250gr LSWC 7.5 grUnique 950 fps WLP Admin
Skeeters classic load with Keiths classic bullet makes a great combo. This load is well above todays typical factory 44 Special ammo but works well in most 5 shot 44 Specials. Consult the gun manuf before shooting this load if you have a new lightwight 44 Special.

250gr LSWC 16.0 grLil’Gun 1,032 fps1.59" WLP Admin
Velocity is from a 6" M29, from a 4" gun this load still does 972 fps. Shot to shot consistency is very good, around 20 fps extreme spread and less than 10 fps standard deviation in both guns. This is a very low pressure round and should be safe in any 44 Special.

250gr LSWC 5.0 grAA #2 imp 610 fps1.57" Win LP guest
Lyman(Keith)429421 a nice accurate load fired from my Taurus 445 -2"brl. std. dev. of 6 fps.

250gr LSWC 7.0 grUnique 760 fps1.57" Win LP guest
Keith design,fired from Taurus 445(2").sharp recoil,but still manageable

250gr LSWC 4.2 grNitro 100 772 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.8 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

250gr LSWC 4.3 grSolo 1000 751 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 3.9 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

250gr LSWC 5.0 grAA #2 808 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 4.5 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 13,900 CUP

250gr LSWC 7.0 grAA #5 864 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 6.3 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

250gr LSWC 9.0 grAA #7 885 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 8.1 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

250gr LSWC 11.5 grAA #9 946 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 10.4 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 14,000 CUP

250gr LSWC 12.5 gr5744 737 fps1.575" CCI 300 Accurate
Suggested starting load: 11.3 gr
7 1/5" test barrel
Midway cases

Pressure: 12,600 CUP

250gr LSWC 7.0 gr700-X 980 fps Win LP guest
A "Skeeter Load" using 700-X in a Ruger Vaquero 5.5" .44 Magnum. Dry Creek Bullet Works 250 SWC Keith in Starline brass. 15 yard offhand 5-shot avg 0.9". Velocity over Shooting Chrony, SD 7.

250gr LSWC 14.3 gr2400 1,005 fps Fed LP guest
I use this load in a 24-3 and get groups under 2".I set my length by sizeing OAL .20 less than the length of the cylender. I use BRP bullets.

267gr LBT LFN 6.1 grVV N320 874 fps1.539"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 5.5 gr

267gr LBT LFN 7.2 grVV N330 937 fps1.539"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.5 gr

267gr LBT LFN 7.3 grVV N340 926 fps1.539"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 6.6 gr

267gr LBT LFN 8.2 grVV N350 942 fps1.539"  Vihtavuori
Suggested starting load: 7.4 gr

300gr JSP 11.5 grH4227 752 fps WLP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 10.4 gr
From the Hodgdon Manual #26

Pressure: 18,600 CUP

300gr JSP 11.0 grW296 794 fps WLP Winchester
Suggested starting load: 9.9 gr
From the Hodgdon Manual #26

Pressure: 17,700 CUP

300gr JSP 9.6 gr2400 711 fps WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 8.6 gr
From the Hodgdon Manual #26

Pressure: 18,000 CUP

300gr JSP 7.5 grBlue Dot 648 fps WLP Alliant
Suggested starting load: 6.8 gr
From the Hodgdon Manual #26

Pressure: 16,800 CUP

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