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I never run my Ehuler out that far, usually within 5 feet of the muzzle unless it's a big bore braked rifle then it needs to be be a bit farther out or the brake will blow the chrono off the stand....:D

I borrowed my buddy's chrono the other day when shooting my 460 (at his place) and promptly blew one of the legs off the V guide. Told him coat hangers are cheap. The 460 will do almost 2800 fps muzzle with a 250 Hornady. That is in rifle range. Smith did a nice job on the rework, Shoots like a laser beam now. I smell a Maine Moose coming if I get the draw on the 9th... What I got it for actually. That and intimidating the folks at the local club. I pull that sucker out and everyone wants to see it but when I send one, everyone runs... it's that loud.
 

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I took a little time this afternoon and ran 3 different rounds thru the chrono.
Iam pleased with 2 out of 3.
I set the chrono 10 feet in front and target was 40 yds.
I dont get to fancy with the testing, just need to hit a deer inside 40 yds.
Here's what I've found.

1st up,
200 xtp with 2400.
These hit 2.5 in low. Decent group, just low.
I'm out of sight adjustment with the gun. These are not my favorite.
2nd set,
240 xtp with 2400. Averaged 1393 over the chrono.
They hit right over sight at 40 with a decent group.
I'm happy with this one.
3rd set,
240 Sierra jhc over h-110 with a mag primer.
Averaged 1368 thru chrono and hits right over sight.
I'm pleased with this load also.

Next I'm going to try the 240 xtp on top of h-110 with mag primer. I'm expecting similar results.

I was using a m29 with a 8 3/8 barrel today. With Hogue smooth finger groove stocks. These stocks tamed the recoil for me. Full power loads aren't bad at all. In addition, the h-110 loads didnt seem to recoil as hard or as much.
Overall, I learned quite a bit today. Tomorrow it's time to reload a few more test rounds.
You mentioned magnum primers. I like the Winchester LP primers since they’re supposedly for both standard and magnum loads. It help to keep things simpler for me. Same for the 231/hp38 and 296/h110. I do occasionally use other powders but not often.

I use 231/hp38 for everything from 30 Luger and 32 long all the way up to 45acp and 45 long colt.
 

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Ran a few more rounds thru today.
Loaded up some 240 xtp with h110 and a mag primer.
They averaged 1362 over the chrono. They hit right over the sight also.
The xtp is proven to me before. Drops em quick.
I will try the Sierra jhc round this year first.
Either way, Inside 40 yds I should have a short track job.
I'm already looking forward to November here.
Thanks all for the info.
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Hey Skwirl,

Good shooting!

The H'Day 265gr bullet is very accurate as well. Ideal for Black Bear. Good for a "quartering shot" on venison. The 240gr XTP is better for a broadside shot on venison.

Later, Mark
 

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Hey Skwirl,

Good shooting!

The H'Day 265gr bullet is very accurate as well. Ideal for Black Bear. Good for a "quartering shot" on venison. The 240gr XTP is better for a broadside shot on venison.

Later, Mark
Thanks for the info.
Funny you should mention black bear. While I'm not a bear hunter, I've gone with the neighbor the last few years. I've seen 1 bear in 4 years, and didnt get a shot. Then again, nobody did.
Its definitely on my mind for this year.
I thought my 29-3 with 6.5 barrel and a heavy slow bullet over a stoudt loud would do.
We shall see.
 

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These are good .44 Magnum Loads with some significant performance enhancements

Take a look at these loads & see if you need more power with other powders/
 

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I have a box of those 265gr FP what load do you use ?
About 21gr of 296/H 110....Have shot 4" groups with this load.......at 200M (I wore out a M 29 shooting flat critters)...

If extreme cold were to be expected...I might favor 2400....
 

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Thanks What was your COAL for your smith
I kinda figured it would be close to 22
I have a old box I have had for years thought I would give them a try.

I think? Mine wound up a shade shorter than the advertised 1.610"...(have not shot any for some time...am sure I have some loaded.........where ever I put them away "safe"? LOL)
 

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1.610” is for the tubular feed rifle
Yes they should be tad shorter
Thank you !
25 years ago I had a 444 that was the only bullet I could use that was good for the cal.
Just looked in my note book...

The 265 H'Day plays real well with 19.5 gr of 296/H 110....up to 21.0gr ....

I use 21.5gr 296/H 100 under the 240gr XTP...

Sorry! (hope you get this before you load them!)
 
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I think? Mine wound up a shade shorter than the advertised 1.610"...(have not shot any for some time...am sure I have some loaded.........where ever I put them away "safe"? LOL)
I have a old partial box of Barnes 260gr Bonded they are at 1.670” and the canelure matches up perfectly with the 265gr Hornady FN at 1.610”. Should work perfect in the 629.
 

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Curious if you guys have a favorite load for the 44 mag for hunting.
I like using the hornady xtp 240 bullet and 18.7 gr of 2400 powder, with a federal 150 primer. That's from an alliant reloading book. It's at 10 years old though.

Just curious if there's a combination that may work better for me.
Always open for suggestions.
I'm a big believer in not using JHPs for handgun hunting. I go with the tried and true Keith bullet. Lyman #2 or harder over 23 grains of 296 or 21 gr. of 2400 out of a Super Blackhawk.

It will whack 'em hard and penetrate right through on any shot.

I've taken a lot of deer with this load.
 

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Back from the Range with the SW 629 4”
The 265 Hornady FN did have smoke snap into it with recoil. Retired this load and bullet.
I also loaded up some 240gr with HP-38 @ 9.5 to 10.0.
I was very impressed with this load and how clean it shot and accurate. I think this will be my load with 240’s.
 

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I'm a big believer in not using JHPs for handgun hunting. I go with the tried and true Keith bullet. Lyman #2 or harder over 23 grains of 296 or 21 gr. of 2400 out of a Super Blackhawk.

It will whack 'em hard and penetrate right through on any shot.

I've taken a lot of deer with this load.
I have a ample supply of the old 240gr Norma SPFN bullets that was very popular in the Ruger Carbine. It’s a very tough jacketed bullet. But like you currently I use a Hardcast 255gr SWC gas checked and 22.8 of H110 in my 4” 629 for Bear Defense here in Alaska. Of course cannot forget my Glock 20 in 10mm Auto that gaining a lot of ground and carry time taken from my 629 in the field here in Alaska. 2 sidearms I will always have a SW 629 4” and G20.
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