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Winchester has been acting like jerks and refuse to ship W231 into Canada unless quantities ordered equal 5,000 lbs or more. Anybody got a good load for .45 w/ a 200 grain LWC bullets and in .44 Mag and .44 Spl using 240 grain LSWC using a different powder? Currently I have Blue Dot, Red Dot and Unique in my propellant box.
 

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what constitutes a "good load"?

any powder will blow the bullet out of the barrel. Since such bullets aren't any good for anything but practice, and since the revolver is a joke for any sort of serious shooting, any load oughta suffice.
 

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Unlike you, dipstick some of us think in terms of accuracy and reliability! Mating a handload to a particular handgun gives both. Sorry, I forgot you haven't shot competition in 30 years, if ever.
 

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With the bullets you have:

For the .45 - 6.0 to 6.2 grains Unique.

.44 Mag - 14.0 to 14.4 grains Blue Dot (Will lead barrel unless the bullet is gas checked).

.44 Special - 7.0 to 7.5 grains Unique.

I don't use Red Dot for much of anything anymore, so have no loads for it.

DC
 

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For the powders you listed:

44 Mag and .44 Spl using 240 grain LSWC using a different powder? Currently I have Blue Dot, Red Dot and Unique

.44 Spl:
(data for 240-gr. L-SWC C.O.L. 1.590" 7.5" SBH)

5.8 gr Unique ~ 770fps
9 gr Blue Dot ~ 800fps
4.6 gr. Red Dot ~ 720 fps

.44 Mag:
(data for 240-gr. L-SWC C.O.L. 1.600" 7.5" SBH)

7.3 gr Unique ~ 900 fps
6.2 gr Red Dot ~ 880fps

.45 Colt:
(I don't shoot 200-gr in .45 Colt, but here's data for 250-gr L-SWC, not sure if you have other bullets available: C.O.L 1.600" 5.5" Vaquero)

9.2 gr Unique ~ 920 fps


I prefer the Unique loads, YMMV
 

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Thanks guys, looks like I have some experimenting to do.
 
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