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Green Dot for 44 Magnum load

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by John391, Jun 10, 2012.

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  1. John391

    John391 TS Member

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    Alliant Powder shows a load with 7 grains of Green Dot powder with a 240 gr cast LSWC bullet. Now I know this is a shotgun site but I figure you have had a lot of experince with Green Dot powder.
    Anyone used this load before? Thank you in advance. John
  2. AveragEd

    AveragEd Active Member

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    I've not tried Green Dot in any of my handguns but other shotgun powders work well. Clays is my favorite powder for almost every handgun round from .38 Special to .44 magnum and .45ACP but PB and Titegroup work, too. As clean-burning as PB is in a shotshell, it is borderline filthy and smoky in a handgun round unless you load it heavy. Titegroup is slightly more accurate than Clays but Clays is so much cleaner-burning that I prefer it. My guess is that being a slow-burner like PB, Green Dot might also have to be loaded heavy to not coat your gun and hands with a sticky black residue.

    I drop 5.0 grains of Clays under a 240-grain lead semi-wadcutter in the .44, 5.3 grains under a 185-grain lead semi-wadcutter in the .45 and as little as 2.3 grains under a 148-grain lead hollow-base wadcutter in the .38. All those loads are extremely pleasant to shoot and deliver very acceptable accuracy.

    Ed
  3. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    I have loaded some .44 mag with Green Dot. I took this load from a T/C Contender reloading manual.

    Win Primer<br>
    10.5grains of Green Dot<br>
    200grain Hornady XTP Bullet<br>

    That was 100% max charge. I got my best grouping with the 200grain XTP bullets and Green Dot with 9.6 grains.

    It did all right but not my load of choice. As I stated above, this was loaded for my T/C Contender. It can handle pressures that some firearms cannot. I prefer H 110 for my .44 Mag loads.
  4. ctreay

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    I have never used green dot. I prefer unique in my Blackhawks .357 and .45LC.
    I use 8gr in the .357 with a 158gr jhp @1140 fps; 12 gr in the .45LC with a 250gr jhp @1350 fps. These loads are for Ruger Blackhawks and TC Contenders only. Lesser handguns will not like these loads.

    ctreay
  5. timberfaller

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    Winchester 296 is my favorite powder, second is IMR 4227 with cast slugs.


    Good luck.
  6. bluedevil

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    I use Clays, Red Dot, HS-6 and a lot of Unique for .357, .38,45acp and .45 long colt and 40. Match bullet weight and speed desired to the powder. 700x is also popular. 2400 for a hunting load for me in the .45 Colt.
  7. wolfram

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    GD is a decent choice for medium velocity loads in the larger pistol cases. Not a good choice if you are looking for full power ammo so don't try to push it. It makes sense to use it if you happen to use a lot of it for your shotgun loading. I would stick with the cast lead or copper plated bullets and avoid the thicker jacketed bullets with this powder.
  8. oz

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    You can run a .44 mag on match heads BUT 296/H110 are the BEST.
  9. CalvinMD

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    Green dot can be used but very dirty....for reduced loads I like Unique a ton better...for the top end H110/W296 is great but lately my most accurate stuff has been with Ramshot Enforcer...in my Marlin rifle with 270gr Jacketed Speers I'm getting 1.5-1.75@ 100yds consistantly...and with alot of punch that I want to test on Bambi this year
  10. mike campbell

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    What Wolfram said.

    I've always got 30lbs of Green Dot on hand and it's comforting to know that it occupies second place for accuracy in my .44 mag, .357 mag and .45 acp for plinking loads with lead/plated bullets in the 800-900 fps region. Each of those has a favorite powder for serious work, but Green Dot is the backup in every case.
  11. larryjk

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    My favorite for medium velocity loads in the .41 and .44 mags is IMR SR7625. In my 6 3/8" barreled S&Ws it gi gives my about 1050 fps in either with 220 gr cast in the .41 and the same with the 240 gr cast in the .44. Use 8 grs and 8.5 grs respectively. Very pleasant and very accurate.
  12. shadow

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    I load 6gr of Green Dot in .44mag 240gr SWC plinkers. Accurate in my M-29.
  13. AAtrap

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    I have loaded 8 gr. of Universal Clays behind a 240gr. SWC for years. I've shot one antelope and numerous deer with this load. I used to shoot a Smith 29 but am presently shooting it in two stainless Vaqueros. One 4 5/8 in. and one 7 1/2 inch. This is a relatively mild load, but still very accurate up to 100yds.

    Steve
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