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BulletPowder WeightPowderVelocityOALPrimerSource
44 Magnum
240gr XTP
10.5 grUnique 1,225 fps1.600" Win LP guest
Wow! This is a sweet shooting load for my pistol (6.5" S&W 629 w/ Leupold scope) and every other .44 mag I’ve tried it in. Load taken from Hornady manual. 1225 FPS and only 8 FPS Std. Deviation. The groups confirm it...consistent .5" cloverleafs at 25 yds. from a rest. Just great!

Email author: g_gunter 
44 Magnum
250gr LSWC
19.7 gr2400 1,289 fps1.725" CCI LP guest
250 gr. Keith PB bullet from Leadheads fired in S&W 629 w/6.5" bbl. using CCI 300 primers and CBC/Magtech brass. Std. Deviation = 9 FPS (outstanding). Stout recoil. Hard hitting round. I could go with a heavier load but this appears to be the "sweet spot" for this gun and load combo.

Email author: g_gunter 
45 Colt +P
270gr LSWC
10.2 grUnique 1,130 fps1.645" Win LP guest
Leadheads 270 gr. Keith bullet (.453 dia). Std. Dev. = 12...Clement’s custom .45 Bisley conversion w/ 5 1/2" barrel. Moderate recoil.

Email author: g_gunter 
45 Colt +P
310gr LBT-WFN
23.0 grW296 1,313 fps1.700" CCI LPM guest
Using Leadheads’ 310 gr. LBT-WFN (.452"). Std. Deviation is 11 and accuracy is good in my Clements Custom .45 Bisley Conversion w/ 5 1/2" barrel. Heavy crimp. Stout recoil. Very consistent round once I switched from WLP to CCI 350 magnum primers. Pressure is estimated at 30,000 CUP in my gun (nearly a max load).

Email author: g_gunter 
45 Colt +P
310gr LBT-WFN
23.5 grW296 1,328 fps1.700" CCI LPM guest
310 gr. LBT-WFN from Leadheads. Heavy crimp w/ Lee Factory Crimp Die. Originally tested with Winchester WLP primers but had difficulty with consistency...standard deviation would stay around 30. Once I switched to CCI 350 (LPM) primers this load settled down to a consistent standard deviation of 8 and accuracy is very good. It seems that the W296/H110 powder needs a relatively full case and magnum primers to work well. I’m probably pushing pretty close to 32,000 CUP so I consider this a max load in my gun (Clements Custom .45 Bisley Conversion w/ 5 1/2" barrel).

Email author: g_gunter 

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