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I am a beginner at handloading and would like to get either a Raging Bull or a SRH.  I know that the Ruger can handle higher pressures and longer bullet seating depths.  However I don not know what the practical difference is.  Could someone tell me what grain bullets that the SRH and the RB can take in 44 and 454.  Also, if someone could tell me the respective differences in power for the two.   I am not looking to load the most powerful of loads, but would like to load some relatively powerful loads in either caliber, most likely in heavier, cast bullets.  

Also, if someone could give me an idea what kind of loads that can be fired in a Marlin 1894 safely.

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"Practical" difference - not much.  At least it is my opinion that the beginning handloader should not be pushing things over industry standard pressures.  Whichever gun feels better in your hand is probably the one you will be happier with.

There is a big performance difference between the .44 Mag and .454 Casull.  In the .44, in a handgun, top end is probably about 300 grains, in the 1200-1300fps range, depending on the barrel length and gun.  .44 is easily downloaded to a 240-250gr bullet at 900-1,000fps, and similarly for the Casul with .45 Colt-equivalent handloads.

I'm not as familiar with the .454's top end but think that you could probably go to 300 gr bullets in the 1600-1700fps range, and 325-350gr bullets a little slower than that.  This information straight from the Hodgdon powder manual.

For the beginning handloader.... clearly the .44 is a better starting point, in my opinion.  Ya gotta burn some powder to build up proficiency.  In a year or two, or longer, when you get the .44 mastered you can decide if you want to work up to the .454.

As for the Marlin, it should be fine with industry-standard .44 loads, otherwise Marlin wouldn't be releasing it to the public.  This is probably another good argument in favor of the .44, so you can cut down on the number of different components and reloading tools to stock.

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Hopefully someone can post the limits of the marlin.  But basically it is good for what you can buy easily.  If you handload I know the heavier grain bullets can sometimes be too long as I remember reading some posts in the history in the lever gun section.  And a super duper handload the ruger can handle is more than marlin rates the guns for, I think I read that here as well.

I too have a 44 marlin and eventually plan to get a single action 44.  But priorities have been rearranged so no single action for a few months or more.

The marlin is usually regarded as the strongest lever action around from what I have read.  But I was cautioned when I asked a similar question that a revolver will handle loads just fine, where as the lever action will be unable to manage the load.
 
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