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    .444 Reloading

    Im far from being new to reloading but this will be my first try at reloading for this type of rifle.

    I know the .444 will be pushing bullets much faster than the .44 Mag but could I use .429 pistol bullets such as the Nosler 240gr JSP and if so what are they like on the squidgy end? Do they break up or do they penetrate okay?
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    They will be fine. They will penetrate well.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    They will be fine. They will penetrate well.~Muir
    Seem well priced for a jacketed bullet.
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    Yes. In fact the Speer loading manual has loads just like that. Using their pistol bullets in the Marlin. I hear however from USA Forums that the "fashion" now is to use 300 grain plus bullets in these 44 calibre lever actions. Hmm?

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    Interesting. There is a 300gr JSP bullet.
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    But the trade off is velocity and an increase in pressures (generally speaking) and recoil.~Muir

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    For general British use I'd say that 240 grain is good enough. In fact I'd maybe even look at 180 grain or 200 grain. Although since the pistol ban in 1996 you'd be very lucky to find any dealer with any in stock.

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    I should be able to get them no probs but it's just whether to go for the nosler pistol (which are cheaper) or the Hornady 265gr Interbonds.

    Also are the pistol bullets S5 and are thy okay in a tubular mag?
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    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!
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    What's an "S5"??

    If the nose is round or flat or hollow it will be fine.~Muir

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    I'm not exactly sure what the fashion is persey here in the USA for the 444 but having a goodly accumulation of them I can say that from what I've seen the trend here now is in the direction of cast bullets typically from 240-300 grains .

    My old friend "Ranch Dog" from Cuero Texas had a pile of custom molds made by Lee Precision and in particular ones of 240 , 265 , 285 , 300 and 350 grains for the 444 . I was also fortunate in that he allowed me to be in on the testing of each of those molds .

    For the average persons use in the USA or the UK the Ranch Dog 432-265GC will handle everything we need !
    Now thats not to say I'm not an advocate of his 300 and 350 grain molds because I dearly like them both . But the 265 grainer made of plain old wheelweights is hard to beat !

    Typically aircooled is hard enough but if one wanted a touch more hardness water quenching is all I've seen need of !

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