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For all you 44 mag reloaders...

7.62x397.62x39 Member Posts: 1,994 ✭✭✭✭✭
...What do I need to get started, I have a Lee single stage press. What dies do I need, I would like them to be RCBS non-carbide. What type of primers? What Cal. bullets. What # shell holder? And all the odds and ends, including a good powder to reload in a rifle chambered in .44mag (henery)?

Thanks


PS: Any load info would be apriciated also, Did I forget anything?

Comments

  • Tailgunner1954Tailgunner1954 Member Posts: 7,815
    edited November -1
    Get dies designated 44Spl/44Mag (some price, more versital).
    Dies are interchangable between presses (7/8-14 is standard).
    Shell Holder, look at the "fits" chart in the store or catalog.
    Carbide is prefered for streight wall cases, but you certinaly can use the non-carbide ones.
    LP primers (some powders need Large Mag Primers, check your manual)
    Bullets, Jacketed .429, Lead .430
  • 7.62x397.62x39 Member Posts: 1,994 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You dont need any lube with the carbide right
  • dcso3009dcso3009 Member Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    7.62 you are correct. No lube with carbide dies. The Lee dies I have in 44 mag work great, and are a good price.
  • PearywPearyw Member Posts: 3,699
    edited November -1
    For full power loads, H110,AA9,and 2400. For lead target loads, Unique, Trail Boss. Those are the powders I use.
  • richbugrichbug Member Posts: 3,650
    edited November -1
    For light to medium loads you can use nearly any pistol powder.

    Full power you will want H110, W296, 2400, or AA#9.

    The Lee Aniversary set, and a set of carbide dies

    Brass,

    large pistol primers, Magnum if you intend to use H110 or W296

    .429-.430" bullets from 180- 325 grains, lead or jacketed
  • 7.62x397.62x39 Member Posts: 1,994 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dcso3009
    7.62 you are correct. No lube with carbide dies. The Lee dies I have in 44 mag work great, and are a good price.


    I know I need the resizing and seating dies, but I need another one because the .44 mag is a straight wall case. What is it?
  • richbugrichbug Member Posts: 3,650
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by 7.62x39
    quote:Originally posted by dcso3009
    7.62 you are correct. No lube with carbide dies. The Lee dies I have in 44 mag work great, and are a good price.


    I know I need the resizing and seating dies, but I need another one because the .44 mag is a straight wall case. What is it?



    Generally, the dies will come as a set. Lee dies come with a shell holder which you will need to buy buy separately if you buy RCBS.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=790382
  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 4,777 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I agree to go with carbide dies.They require no lube but I use a little Lee case lube on the first case and a dab about every 50 cases.It makes the size a lot easier.
  • PearywPearyw Member Posts: 3,699
    edited November -1
    You also need an expander die to flair the case so you can place your bullet into case before putting it into the seating die. Standard 3 die sets come with the de-capping, expander, and seating and crimping dies.
  • iceracerxiceracerx Member Posts: 8,872 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You also need a POWDER MEASURE and a VERY ACCURATE SCALE

    44 Mag isn't something you want to reload INCORRECTLY!!!!!

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE WEIGHT OF YOUR POWDER LOAD!!!!!!

    Do NOT eat, drink, or BS with your friends while you are reloading.
    Your life depends on it

    Buy the Lyman Reloading Book. READ IT BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

    THEN READ IT AGAIN
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by iceracerx
    You also need a POWDER MEASURE and a VERY ACCURATE SCALE

    44 Mag isn't something you want to reload INCORRECTLY!!!!!

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE WEIGHT OF YOUR POWDER LOAD!!!!!!

    Do NOT eat, drink, or BS with your friends while you are reloading.
    Your life depends on it

    Buy the Lyman Reloading Book. READ IT BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

    THEN READ IT AGAIN


    I just felt that these were wise enough words to emphasize.
    Good post!
  • NwcidNwcid Member Posts: 10,674
    edited November -1
    I have one set of carbide dies for my 9mm. Then I picked up a set of Hornady Custom-GradeT New DimensionT Dies in .44. I will never go back to carbide dies again. I have the Hornady dies in .380, .44, and .45. I will be getting them in .357 and .40 very soon, when it is time to load what I am shooting now.
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