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Since I have made up my mind to purchase a Triple Lock .44 Special (just waiting for the guy to get back in the store for the green light and FFL info), I was wondering if there is anyone who has ever shot any reloads through one, or similarly a Second Model HE in .44 Special. I would never use anything more powerful than the old 7.5 grains of Unique behind the 250 grain cast #429421 (and then only sparingly) and for standard loads, 6.0 grains of Unique with those same #429421 bullets. Anyone else load for these old guns?
 

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Elmer Keith wrote that he used the same load in the 1st Mod 44 H.E. and the second model that he did in his 3rd model and 1950s.

I have no question EMK shot that ammo successfully... though I admit I'm not that brave with my old guns.

I like a 240 gr. Keith style bullet with about 7gr. of Unique for the older guns. It is a lot of fun to shoot and quite accurate.

This load should be just a little hotter than factory loads.

FWIW

Chuck
 

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Chuck's on point here..... as usual. :p

Lyman No. 46 (from the mid-80's) lists the Lyman 429421 (245 Grn Keith SWC) and 6.9 Grns of Unique for 767 FPS as a Factory Duplication Load. I've shot this with ease and satisfaction in my New Century / "Triplelock" guns.

Addtiionally, my old dogearred Lyman No. 45 (I got it in 1974) lists the following loads:

Factory Duplication Load:

Lyman No. 4293383 (245 Grn Lead Round Nose) and 4.1 Grns. Bullseye for 697 FPS

Accuracy Load:

Lyman No. 429421 and 4.0 Grns. Bullseye for 689 FPS.

This is about as hard as I would push this fine old gun. Hotter loads may not shoot to those tiny little sights anyway.

Good Luck and hope this helps.

Drew
 
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