Dayattherange Utility 44 Magnum Load: Velocity Testing

| September 27, 2020 | 2 Comments


Using a number of reloading manuals and Quickload software I set a path to load the Ultimate Utility 44 Magnum Handload. In 2013 I wrote an article claiming 44 Magnum As The Most Versatile Handgun Caliber, I took a little heat over this one but it was worth it.

My fascination with 44magnum has me continuing that work today. I wanted a little more speed from the venomous 44magnum out of the shorter packable friendly revolvers I have access to. This load is to meet a variety of task, plinking, self-defense and hunting with the right firearm as I would never hunt with a 2inch 44 Magnum.

I believe I will be sticking with this load for a very long time. I was pleased with the velocities and the controllability I had with it in the shorter barrel revolvers.

44 Magnum All Around Utility Load:

44Magnum Case

240gr Jacketed Soft Point

Hodgdon Universal 9.7gr

C.O.A.L 1.610 – Medium Crimp

Federal Large Pistol Magnum Match Primer — Got a brick of these for $30 so I used them, they can be expensive. So a change to Large Pistol Magnum Primers will save you a few bucks but may cause different results. Anytime you change any component you should start over working up your loads again.

On this page you will undoubtedly find reloading information. This data is not intended to replace the appropriate reloading manuals data and should not be used without verifying and double checking the loads between two different official published reference points ? IE reloading manuals. If you elect to utilize any of this data it is at your own risk.




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  1. Mike G says:

    I use that same 9.7 gr universal or 10 gr unique for 255 gr swc with a winchester large pistol primer for all around use. It does 95% of the things that I use my 44 mags for. Both loads get me 1150 fps range depending on which 44 I am shooting that day. Keep up the good work.

  2. Chris says:

    Great load you worked up there! Looks like I need to buy some Universal. I love the mid-range .44 magnum loads for target shooting and carry. Right now I use H-110 for the targets I want to poke a big hole in and also light on fire. I use Longshot because I had it for loading .40S&W and it gives 80% the punch of H-110 with less recoil and flash. My gap is that I use Trail Boss for wimpy, small game loads and I also use a compressed load of Trail Boss per the Hornady manual to get a 240 gr SWC to similar power as the .45 ACP+P. Trail Boss works well for wimpy and medium-rare loads, but it’s expensive since you only get .9 lbs for the price of a pound of most other powders and you can’t use jacketed bullets with them. 100% with you about the .44 Mag’s versatility in your old article. I don’t use .44 Special cases, just Mag. Even like that I can get accurate loads as slow as 750 fps for small game and teaching newbies, service caliber level loads for practice and carry, and hot loads within SAAMI specs for hunting/predator defense. Only the .45 Colt in a strong handgun is as versatile. Glad I found your website and YouTube channel. Semper Fi!

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