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    Default 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Getting ready to reload for a 1894 Marlin in 44 mag. Got plenty of 240 grain types of bullets. Got plenty of 44 mag type powers. Curious what you fine folks do?? Also very interested in the 225 grain Hornady FTX.

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Long barreled pistol-caliber (.357/.41/.44 mag) carbines beg for slow burning powders like H-110 aka W-296 , 2400 , AA#9 , IMR-4227.
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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    I would use Lil'Gun. Originally designed for 410 shotshell. Really shines in straightwall magnum cartridges. I use it for 50 Beowulf, 460 Mag, 445 Supermag, 450 Bushmaster, 500 Mag, 444 Marlin, and 45/70.
    www.Steelvalleycasting.com is your new home for coated bullets and custom ammo.

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Utilizing the powders I had on hand I've found mine likes 2400 for 240 gr .432 cast, and 296 with 240 gr. jacketed.
    These folks are into the 1894: https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/1894/
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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    You didn't happen to just purchase this from Mechanicsburg Ordnance did you?

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Quote Originally Posted by *Klutch* View Post
    You didn't happen to just purchase this from Mechanicsburg Ordnance did you?
    NO I DID NOT.

    SO my SWC 240 Grains don't cycle through the action very well. Guess I'll have to use some Hornady or some Sierras.

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    If you still fancy the economy of a cast bullet, many manufacturers make a round nose flat point.

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Quote Originally Posted by imashooter2 View Post
    If you still fancy the economy of a cast bullet, many manufacturers make a round nose flat point.
    Yup thinking Rainer plated or Missouri Bullet Hi-Tek.

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    Default Re: 44 Mag for Lever Action???

    Concerning using cast, SAAMI specs are different for pistol and rifle in the .44 magnum. Pistol .429 groove diameter vs rifle .431 groove. Suggest slugging the barrel.
    I tried .429 first without knowing any better but found performance came together with fatter slugs. YMMV
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