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I've got some soft-cast lead bullets, 240-grainers, for my ".42-60 CF"... which looks a LOT like a .444 Marlin... and I'd like some loads with muzzle velocities between 1200 and 1400 FPS for the side matches I shoot at the CAS events I attend.  Any suggestions?  I've got just about every powder ever made, so I'm wide open.  I've got a converted 336, with a 26-inch, full-octagon barrel, with a full-length magazine tube underneath, and a Marble tang sight.  Kind of my Steve McQueen/Tom Horn rig, I guess.

Anyway, any "slow" loads would be appreciated.

Thanks, as always.

Russ
 

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I used to shoot 255 grain swc in my 45-70, using 15 grains of Unique with a bit of tissue on top to hold powder against the primer. Worked like a charm, had the recoil of a 22 rf, no noice, and was accurate. Pure heck on squirrels.
I found a new use for my old cases that were to well used for full house loads.
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i've got a buddy that i load 444 for and it is my understanding that the rifle has micro-groove rifling and i think it sucks with lead bullets....all we ever load is jacketed stuff....Dick
 

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The Lyman cast bullet handbook lists many good low velocity loads with various powders.
I use Unique, 11.5 gr. gives about 1700 fps, too much for your use.
I have used commercial bevel base SWC's for plinkers and they shot well in my Winchester.
 

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My mind was faulty when I quoted the soft load for the .444.
I used 16.2 gr. of Unique with a 240 BBSWC and got 1495 fps from a 17 3/4" Win. TR. I dont use fillers so the extreme spread was 116 fps.
The powder is burned when the bullet reaches the ports so it is not too loud.
A good plinking load.
 

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Hodgdon's Reduced Loads For 444?

Russ, check the loads over at the Hodgdon Web Site. You can (safely) reduce H-4895 loads to 60% of the max loads listed. Read the summary on this link below:


http://www.hodgdon.com/data/youth/index.php

While they don't list a "Youth" load for the 444, they do list the 30-30 and lots of others for comparison and they explain how to reduce their hunting loads of H-4895.

BTW, their hunting load with H-4895 is a compressed load, so there's lots of room to drop down and remain very safe... It's a slow-burn powder.

Should work great with cast bullets at much reduced velocity!

GOOD LUCK!



Russ said:
I've got some soft-cast lead bullets, 240-grainers, for my ".42-60 CF"... which looks a LOT like a .444 Marlin... and I'd like some loads with muzzle velocities between 1200 and 1400 FPS for the side matches I shoot at the CAS events I attend. *Any suggestions? *I've got just about every powder ever made, so I'm wide open. *I've got a converted 336, with a 26-inch, full-octagon barrel, with a full-length magazine tube underneath, and a Marble tang sight. *Kind of my Steve McQueen/Tom Horn rig, I guess.

Anyway, any "slow" loads would be appreciated.

Thanks, as always.

Russ
 
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