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44 mag with 2400 and 225 FTX, powder amt?
yukon100jack Member Posts: 51 ✭✭
edited May 2010 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
I have an encore with a 12" barrel and a Ruger carbine semi-auto with a 18.5" barrel. Yesterday I went to Cabelas and bought some Alliant 2400 and abox of 225 Hornady FTXs hoping to find a load that would work in both guns. Hornady suggests in their "field Notes" to trim the case back to 1.265" to adjust for the longer ogive, a max COL of 1.645, and a powder range for 2400 of 13.4 to 14.8. Here is where get confused... Alliant Powder lists a charge weight of 21.4 grains with a 225 grain Speer JHP at 1434 FPS. I loaded 20 rounds with 14.2 grains yesterday before seeing Alliant data. What data is correct? Is it safe to shoot with 14.2 grains? Do I need to pull bullets and start over? Does anyone else have experience with reloading FTXs?
20.5grs. will give you about 1500fps. from the pistol.
I always loaded 21grs. of 2400 with a 240gr. It is a hot load from Elmer Keith, his favorite.
I'd start at 18 and work up till the action functions ok on the carbine.