Welcome ManOfLaMuncha

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Joined: 06/03/2010

Welcome to the forum. Chris S

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Joined: 09/26/2017
Elmer’s 429421

Thanks Chris, and Greetings all:

 I’ve a M29-2, 4” blued that I inherited from my brother, for which I  will be hand loading some hunting rounds.  While I’ve loaded rifle calibers for the past 50 years, the .44 Mag will be a first, so a bit of advice will go a long way for me:
1.  Are .44 Mag loads always crimped?
2.  Are the “proper” Keith 429421 hard cast 250gr bullets pre-lubed?
3.  I read in Elmer’s early literature, that he recommends against gas checks. Still true?
I’m sure I’ll think of something else later, but for now answers to these questions will help me a lot. 


Joined: 06/03/2010
Loading 44 Mag.

#1.Using any hunting load or just most .44 Mag loads crimping is necessary to keep the other cartridge bullets from moving forward in the other cylinder chambers when a round is fired.
#2.Not sure where you will be buying your bullets but most vendors say if their bullets are lubed or not. I never cast bullets myself so I always bought lubed bullets. If you buy unlubed bullets you will need to lube them yourself and I always figured that was too much mess and work, being basically lazy myself.
#3. Elmer didn't like gas checks! However, many of todays shooters using very hot loads in the "Ruger Only" category are driving bullets really fast and gas checks are usually beneficial. You shouldn't be shooting Ruger Only loads in your Smith. 
Get a good loading manual (I recommend getting several manuals so you can see what each vendor uses) and good powder for the recommended loads and be careful approaching any max load, you really don't need max loads to hunt deer or elk size game in my humble opinion. Practice with mild loads and get accurate then practice with your hunting load to get used to the recoil etc. Good Luck.
Chris S