two bit okie":2eo31jjn said:I am concerned that 44 mag loa with light loads of unique,(6 grs) and was wondering if I could just seat the bullet to 44 spec loa and use this for all standard loading?
No, you can't - not unless you're using .44 Spl brass. The reason is that seating the bullet deeper will cause chamber pressure to increase dramatically. You may, or may not, experience serious pressure-related problems.
You need to use the load data provided the way it was developed - within reasonable tolerances, anyway. As long as the OAL is short enough for your cylinder to turn, you won't have a problem.
c.r.":xfqhxlg4 said:regardless of how much longer the 44 brass is, if the OAL is the same as the 44 special then the available volume of the case is the same as if a 44 special case was used.
Now, i wouldn't suggest using the 44 mag case and seating the bullet to 44 special OAL because of the cannelure on the bullet will probably be well below the 44 mag brass and prevent obtaining a good crimp.
two bit okie":t5boch4j said:Rev high, I would normally agree, however I had the 44's befor the onset of artharitas in the hands and fingers.
I still have some gin-u-wine 44 mag loads, but most of them are light.
revhigh":3e2s9tdk said:CORRECT ... plus, it would just plain be silly to do that. The bullet would be pushed so far into the case it would be ludicrous, and you may not even be able to get a crimp on it because you may be into where the bullet starts tapering.
I again say ... WHY DO PEOPLE BUY 44 MAGNUMS AND 357 MAGNUMS and then try to DOWNLOAD THEM to ridiculous levels ?? If you want to shoot 38 specials or 44 specials buy the right FREAKING brass. THE END.
Reloading is not an EXPERIMENT, it's an exact science that can't be modified because you're too cheap to buy the right components, or don't have the right components on hand.