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with a 246 grain LWSWC bullet ?
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Here's what hodgdon has for 240 fast and mid range powders:

BULLET WEIGHT
240 GR. CAST LSWC
Starting Loads Maximum Loads

Hodgdon CFE Pistol .430" 1.450" 5.6 784 9,800 CUP
6.6 898 13,800 CUP

Hodgdon Universal .430" 1.450" 4.9 721 8,000 CUP
5.6 873 13,300 CUP

Hodgdon HP-38 .430" 1.450" 4.2 717 8,400 CUP
5.2 858 13,200 CUP

Hodgdon Titegroup .430" 1.450" 4.0 758 9,400 CUP
4.8 862 13,100 CUP

Hodgdon Clays .430" 1.450" 3.2 669 9,000 CUP
4.0 771 13,500 CUP

There's more than that if you go to the Hodgdon reloading data center online
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Just use midrange data for 240gr lswc, done.
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In my 44spl loads under a HyTEK coated 240gr LSWC from summersenterprises I use only Trail Boss powder starting at 4.0gr.
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This one I worked up for my Uberti open top Richards Mason.
Very accurate. Won last year's Good, Bad and the Ugly match at my club,
LSWC 240 VV N320 GR 5.8 LO 737 HI 766 AVG 755 ES 29 SD 8.00
Shoots to the sights at 25 yards.
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I think somewhere around 4.5grs of Trail Boss is what I was using.
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My moderate load for 44 spl , using a 245 gr swc , rnfp etc is 6.0 grs of IMR-700X . Red Dot works well too , same load . I got these loads from Mike Venturing in an article he wrote for Hand Loader magazine . If you find 6 grs too much , you can easily back it down to 5.0 for less recoil . Good Luck , Regards, Paul

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My usual practice load in .44 Spl. is a 240 cast LSWC with 6.5 grains Unique, +/- 750-800FPS, accurate and very pleasant to shoot in all of my .44's (S&W 1950 Target, Colt SAA, Model 29 4", Model 29 6.5", and Model 629 3"). Not a "powder puff" load, but not punishing either. Plenty of oomph to do business if necessary.
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I like a 250g SWC over 6.5g W231/HP38.

I figure it to be @ 850fps.
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I load 220 lead trunc cone 45 acp, 215 lead swc for the mod 58, and my 44spl all with 6.5gr Unique.
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6.5 grains Unique or (I prefer) Universal.
Seems to work well with most 24010 grain bullets cast, coated, plated, or jacketed.
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Take care if a pre 1944........ a 2nd will take more pressure and
the modern weapons will shoot all loading data.

I can't remember what model you are shooting.
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If not, Unique can do anything.
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This is going to be a good read. Thank you for posting .I kick up the link and will be looking to get to read it.Find out some things I did not know and always looking to learn .
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