Ken Waters 44 Special

| February 13, 2016 | 1 Comments

For a few years now I have been after the Ken Waters Pet Load Complete Volume book. Recently I was able to acquire Ken’s writings, I couldn’t be happier with it’s contents. It is an easy read and a great way to spend a cold winters afternoon. Some would argue this compilation has become obsolete which is one of the joys of this book. Reading about cartridges you did not know existed or gaining an understanding of classic firearms is one of its benefits. There are still plenty useful loads for today’s reloader and if you are a serious student of reloading then I say this book is a must, if you are just searching for loads then any reloading manual will do.

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Wanting to load up some 44 special loads for plinking I decided to read Ken’s musings about the 44 special. He discusses the balloon head 44 Russian and black powder origins up to what are still considered great 44 special loads today. After verifying Ken’s Alliant 2400 recipe’s in a number of other manuals I decided to proceed. My traditional 44 special load in 44magnum cases are usually loaded with Hodgdon Universal but the 2400 load was of interest as I thought it would burn cleaner.

This load proved to be everything I thought it would be and will be my go to 44 Special load for the foreseeable future.

Thank You Ken Waters.

Darrell and I finished up the day with a more modern round in a quiet stealthy like way.

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Another safe exciting day on the range.

44 Special Chronograph Data
Name: ken waters 44 special
Notes: Taurus 6.5 barrel
Shots: 5
Average: 964 FPS
SD: 22 FPS
Min: 935 FPS
Max: 995 FPS
Spread: 60 FPS
Barometric Pressure: 30.1 inHg
Temperature: 44F
Weight: 240 grains

Name: ken waters 44 special
Notes: Smith and Wesson 629 2.5in barrel performance center
Shots: 5
Average: 767 FPS
SD: 40 FPS
Min: 733 FPS
Max: 832 FPS
Spread: 99 FPS
Barometric Pressure: 30.1 inHg
Temperature: 44F
Weight: 240 grains

Name: ken waters 44 special
Notes: Redhawk 7.5in barrel
Shots: 5
Average: 1004 FPS
SD: 43 FPS
Min: 956 FPS
Max: 1071 FPS
Spread: 115 FPS
Barometric Pressure: 30.1 inHg
Temperature: 44F
Weight: 240 grains

Name: ken waters 44 special
Notes: Smith and Wesson performance center 3inch power port
Shots: 5
Average: 761 FPS
SD: 31 FPS
Min: 739 FPS
Max: 824 FPS
Spread: 85 FPS
Barometric Pressure: 30.1 inHg
Temperature: 50F
Weight: 240 grains

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  1. Lauren says:

    Very nice spread!

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