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Old 08-27-2011, 10:37 AM
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anyone have any experence with 4227. local sporting goods store is out of alliant 2400, and it is backordered. I'm using cast 295 grn in super blackhawk 44mag.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:48 AM
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If you are using cast bullets the Lyman 429421 20.2 grains of IMR 4227 will deliver the goods at a rough 940 fps.
Using the Lyman 429244 24.0 grains will deliver 1,110 fps from my 5" barrel and it is a prefered load.
You will find IMR 4227 burns clean and meters well through the mechanical measures. The Lee and the Redding meassure the .2 grains pretty well with only a slight up and down variation.
I like 4227 in the carbine length barrels as it reaches its peak pressure just a bit further down the barrel and has a slightly quieter bark.

I should have mentioned when I was a kid.... 25.0 grains of IMR 4227 behind the Lyman 429244 was a popular load in New Mexico.

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Old 08-27-2011, 11:09 AM
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IMR 4227 is a good 44 mag. powder, used it years ago. Loaded 180gr jacketed with it, very accurate. Changed to W296 only because i could use it in the 410 skeet loads. Last loaded 44mag with W296 and 250 gr cast. Read the Hodgdon warning if you use W296
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:35 PM
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Another vote for IMR4227

I have used it for years in my .44 magnum handguns and carbine. All the best...
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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Check the loading manuals or the website for Hodgdon powders (now owners of IMR powders) to reference loads.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by kdub View Post
Check the loading manuals or the website for Hodgdon powders (now owners of IMR powders) to reference loads.
I always check my manuals to start load development. Just asking opinions on the powder, never used it b4. thx for your replys
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by tuckerdog View Post
local sporting goods store is out of alliant 2400, and it is backordered. .
Take a peak at Powder Valley. They have 2400 in stock, and even with shipping and hazmat charges the cost for a single 4lb is less/lb than most shops will charge per lb. An upside to Alliant powders is the availability of 4lb drums, when I really don't need 8lbs of anything but Unique or Red Dot, as I use those for target loads in the 12/20's, and medium and reduced loads in all of my handgun ammo.

4227 is a pretty fair powder for full house loads in the straight case magnums, W296/H110 is better on a preformance scale, but less flexible than 2400. Some of the newer powders from Accurate have a lot of fans, but I don't see them on the shelf often.

These days I've given up trying to find any single powder. The cost of gas, plus miles driven make searching expensive. Often in my area, the cost is as much as $28/lb I just order my favorites from PV, and avoid the stress, and cost.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:55 AM
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I use IMR 4227 in my Maximum. It has one attribute that isn't often mentioned; near immunity to temperature variations. My loads are consistent no matter what the weather is, from 100 degree summers to near freezing winters. At the pressure the Maximum operates at, that is very important.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:12 PM
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I started out loading the 44 Magnum with IMR 4227. Great powder that seems to put less wear on the gun and less leading.
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