The most accurate load I have found in this revolver is 23 grains of 296 with a 240 grain hardcast bullet. From a four inch barrel I'll guess it's about 1200fps? I have not checked it yet. Would this approximate a factory load or is it to light?
Standard factory loads for 240gr. bullets is usually 1180fps. ###So your well in the factory range. If I recall you were shooting a mountain gun, so this is probably a good max load for the lightweight S&Ws. ###It probably does 1175 -1250fps out of a 4" barrel. ### ###
Chrono'd the loads yesterday and they are exactly 1200fps. I think it's a good enough load without stressing the gun to much. They are also quite accurate.
Sounds like you found the perfect load for that particular handgun.
Now if I could find about 30 rounds of 303 british or 30/40 krag for my shot shell loads. I am down to about 20 left and will have to start looking for some empties.
I cut them to cylinder length and put in 11 grains of unique, then a felt wad and the remainder is filled with 7.5 shot. The top is covered with bathroom tub caulk. The results in my handgun is amazing! It put the speer shot shells to shame Big Time! These will actually work to 20 yards and with enough power to kill grouse, rabbits, and partridge. My 10 Year old daughter had several guys in total amazment by making a pop can dance across the gravel pit out to 30 yards with this 44 magnum. They ofcourse did not know it was loaded with shot shells!
Once fireformed to your chamber they will not likely fit in anyone elses gun. However they work so good once fire formed because they will fit even more shot then the smaller parent case does when new. The caulk "crimp" or seal is tough and will last without breaking open for a long time in your pocket.<font face="Lucida Console">Text</font><font color="Red">Text</font><font color="Black">Text</font>
(Edited by jjhack at 8:00 pm on July 8, 2002)