08-19-2015, 02:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Beautiful Downtown Monroe, GA
What Ya Don't Know Can Hurt You!!
Back in the day, when I first started into hand loading or reloading, whichever you choose to call it, I went through a stage that I sadly refer to as my "Magnumitis Phase"! After reading way too many articles about hot rodding loads to obtain more velocity, I decided it was my turn to jump on the bandwagon, and build some of my own. Not being totally crazy, I did have several loading manuals for guidance. However, I looked at them as just that guidance!!!
The loads de jour, that I was seeking were .44 Magnum. I shuffled through my Speer loading manual in the handgun section for possible recipes for my new load. Nothing struck my fancy. Not enough velocity!! So then, I happened to find some .44 Magnum loadings in the rifle section. The top of the page noted a caution, that these loads were intended for modern, strong Marlin, Winchester and Ruger rifles chambered in .44 Magnum. They were NOT intended for use in handguns. I had a Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver and a Ruger Deerslayer .44 mag rifle.
There were loads in this section that were rated at 1600 fps and up out of the 18" barrels of these rifles. THIS was what I wanted!!! I whipped up some of these loads using Hercules (now Alliant) 2400 powder and a CCI magnum primer under a 240 grain jacketed hollow point. I will not give the specific charge of powder here, for safety reasons. Once I had put up 50 rounds of these bombs, I headed for the woods with my two trusty .44's
I loaded the rifle and ripped off 5 rounds of the new load. To put it mildly, it was stout!!! Accuracy was good and the little Ruger rifle handled the loads nicely. Recoil was a bit stiff. This was what I was looking for!!!
As I was patting myself on the back for the wonderful load that I had created, my eyes drifted to the Super Blackhawk on the tailgate of my truck!! An evil grinch-like grin crossed my face!! Why not??!! After all, it was a Ruger revolver and they are built bull strong. With that same evil grin still on my face, I loaded six of these hot loads into the cylinder of my Blackhawk. I touched off the first one. It was a hair high above the bullseye of the target at 25 yards. The recoil from the new load in the pistol was to say, outrageously brutal!!! The grin was still there, though!! So, I touched of two more. At that point, the grin was waning fast. My right wrist hurt like hell!! My supporting hand wasn't doing so damn well either!! I told myself that three was enough. I felt like my wrist had been embedded into my elbow!! NO MORE!!!
I opened the loading gate and turned the Blackhawk up to eject the expended brass. Instead of the that happening when I hit the ejection rod, I had a hand full of pieces of brass fall into my right hand which was waiting to catch the brass. DAMN!! The other two chambers were exactly the same!! The brass had been blown to pieces!! Thank God that the Ruger WAS built bull strong!!! The load had absolutely detonated the brass, yet the Ruger contained the power.
That was the end of my urge to magnumize magnum cartridges!!! Damn good lesson learned. Those loading manuals DON'T lie!!!
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