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My partner and I, along with the help of old bear from this forum worked up a load today for the .44 magnum.
150 Grain Cutting Edge Raptor
26 Grains of 2400
Federal Large Primer
S&W 4 inch 629
3 shot average 1,749 FPS
Standard deviation 19 FPS
Tested on Dopplar Radar
At 25 yards it was at 1,650 FPS
old bear had a great time!!
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150 Grain Cutting Edge Raptor? Are they still in business?
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.44 150gr Handgun Raptor
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I'm happy to hear you found a good load but I think I would get sick every time I pull the trigger when the bullets used in the ammo were over $1.30 each. Ouch lol...
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^^^^^ It was a 3-shot test, just $3.90 . ^^^^
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l remember shooting some 0riginal Super Vel 180gr 44 Magnum ammo

purchased from Wideners Arms here in Augusta Ga maybe late 70s.

As l was also shooting IHMSA Silhs then with a S&W Model 29 w/8''bbl.

our match director had just gotten an 0ehler Chronograph. We clocked

some of those SV 180gr 44s in my 29.. Avg velocity was 1803fps!!!
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My standard load for my Classic DX, 8-3/8": 210gr. Rem. JHP over 26.5gr. H110, avg. vel. = 1687 fps. So all of the above sounds about right to me. The longer barrel may make a considerable difference, however.

This is a comfortable shooting load, also.

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^^^^^ It was a 3-shot test, just $3.90 . ^^^^
I can't help it, $3.98 for only 3 rounds makes me cringe. That's only me but I have a feeling I'm not the only one here!

I didn't see the round count anywhere in this thread. What will these rounds be used for?
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We started with 18 then 22 then 25 then 26. I can't say that I ever considered the cost. Not really an issue. Wanna dance..ya gotta play the juke box. Just thought ya'll might be interested. Pretty impressive out of a 4 inch 629. What are they for??? Why for shooting of course.
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150 gr bullet in a 44 😐 wow. No wonder that sucker was moving.

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Those bullets look and (from the description) SOUND pretty nasty. Cooking along at those kinds of speeds they ought to be pretty devastating. To me these sound more like elk or mule deer hunting loads for shooting out of a lever gun.

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We started with 18 then 22 then 25 then 26. I can't say that I ever considered the cost. Not really an issue. Wanna dance..ya gotta play the juke box. Just thought ya'll might be interested. Pretty impressive out of a 4 inch 629. What are they for??? Why for shooting of course.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting you down and Saud I was happy you found a load you like. I'm just too, ummm, "frugal" to spend that on bullets. It's just me, not you...
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Folks, I'm old. I get things wrong on occasion. Certain that never happens to anybody but me. My Partner at B&M corrected me. the 1,749 fps was at 25 grains of 2400. When we went to 26 the velocity was 1,860 fps. That out of a 4 inch 29 over Dopplar Radar at our 50 yard indoor range.
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