Thread: 44 magnum/cast bullets
April 15th, 2012, 05:58 PM #1
44 magnum/cast bullets
anyone cast their own bullets for the 44 magnum????? which mold??? rifle pistol????
trying to load cast bullets for a marlin 44 magnum rifle and it's turning out to be a real bear to find a good cast bullet load. have an ohause plain base keith style swc, 259 grain bullet, sized to .433" bullet.
anyone sell bullet molds in the baton rouge area???
April 15th, 2012, 06:42 PM #2
I cast my own for a 44 Mag revolver. Does your Marlin have the MicroGroove barrel. I have heard that they sometimes do not respond well to cast bullets. Also at the velocities you can achieve in a rifle, a bullet with a gascheck would probably be a good idea. What alloy are you using and what lube? A suitably hard alloy is needed but proper fit is even more important. You said you are sizing to .433" but are the bullets getting to the bore at that size? If you are using the wrong reloading dies, you could be sizing the bullets even smaller inside the case. Taper crimp dies are a bad idea with cast and a properly sized expander stem is a must. For a .433" bullet you will want an expander no smaller than .4315" and you should roll crimp just enough to turn the case mouth in to the crimp groove and no more. I have learned this the hard way. Here is what I discovered. I had problems with leading in my bore and accuracy issues. I knew I was sizing my bullets correctly but still had problems. I used an inertia bullet puller and pulled a bullet from a loaded case. My .431" sized bullet measured .429" after being pulled. This was caused by too much case tension. A proper set of dies cured the issue.
April 15th, 2012, 06:51 PM #3
I have never had good results with cast bullets in any Marlin rifle. Had to start shooting jacketed bullets.
April 15th, 2012, 06:58 PM #4
I cast from a the following
Lyman Keith Style 2-Cavity Bullet Mold #429421 44 Special, 44 Remington Magnum (.430* Diameter) 257 Grain Semi-Wadcutter
Lyman 2-Cavity Bullet Mold #429215 44 Special, 44 Remington Magnum (430 Diameter) 210 Grain Semi-Wadcutter Gas Check
RCBS 2-Cavity Bullet Mold 429-240-SIL 44 Caliber (430 Diameter) 240 Grain Silhouette Gas Check, very accurate from my Marlin lever gun and S&W Mod 29 8 3/8"
I also have a Saeco #449 sort of a Turncated Cone with a gas check, this reminds me I need to cast some of these!The
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April 15th, 2012, 07:32 PM #5
Other options are to switch to a gas check design, or use a super hard alloy that will not size down in the case, or harden your bullets.I'm just a Redneck with too many guns.
April 15th, 2012, 08:25 PM #6
April 17th, 2012, 11:21 AM #7
I cast the Lyman 2-Cavity Bullet Mold #429215
If you were closer i could give you some to try out
April 17th, 2012, 12:04 PM #8
I cast .44 keith style bullets from a lyman mold (like the one above). They shoot fine in my Ruger Super Blackhawk, but I haven't tried them in a rifle.
I size mine to .430, but I think I might need to go up to .431 because I get more leading than I should be getting from .44 specials only going 700 fps.Piece Be With You and other T-shirts available at www.awesamerica.com.
April 17th, 2012, 12:26 PM #9
Have you slugged the barrel and cylinder throats to see what size bullet you actually need? Have you measured you bullets after sizing to see if they are actually .430". Use a micrometer, NOT a caliper. And of course, have you checked to see if your dies are the issue as explained in the post above?
Last edited by highstandard40; April 17th, 2012 at 12:27 PM.