Lunch, just me and a 44 Mag. Sounds almost dirty, Dirty Harryish that is, but in this case the 44 was once again my Winchester Model 94 in 44 Mag.
29 rounds to shoot. Why 29? Well I was originally planning on shooting 4 rounds per group for 8 rounds per load for a total of 24 rounds. I loaded 5 additional rounds of the various loads, just in case I had to make a sight adjustment. At the last minute I just said the He(( with it and shot five 5 round groups and one 4 round group.
50 yards from sandbags, with a scope. 9.5gr Russian Unique, RP Brass, Wolf LR primer and a hard cast Wheel Weight LBT 280g WFN bullet. No Gas Check. Home cast and home lubed with Ben’s Red.
The first shot from a dead cold bore went high. Total group size for 5 was 6.25″ H x 1.25″ W. 4 shots into 1.75″ H x 3/4″ W.
All groups measured “Center to Center”
Same load 9.5gr R.Unique, 5 shots in 2.75″H x 1″ W
10.0grs R. Unique 5 shots into 1.75″H x .5″W. 4 shots into a .5″ group.
If I was smart I would have stopped right there and retired the rifle.
No one ever said I was smart.
Again the load is 10.0grs R.Unique and a 5 shot group of 2.25″H x 5/8’s” W group.
10.5gr R.Unique giving 5 into 4″ H x 2″ W. More like a 2″ group if I throw out the flyer.
Of course If I were to throw out all 4 flyers I’d have a 0.0″, center to center, group.
The last group and the only 4 shot group of the day. 1.25″ x 1 7/8’s” W
All in all not bad for me, the gun or cast bullets. In the past I’ve shot this gun with other bullets that I’ve cast from other molds and the target was closer to something a shotgun would produce, not a rifle. After slugging the bore I called and talked to Veral of LBT and discussed the gun with him. He recommend (as I recall, it’s been several years) his 280 gr (non gas checked) WFN bullet at .433″. As I recall the mold drops them around .4335 or a little larger and I size them to .433″ with the results you have seen.
I think I’ll load up another series of loads, with 10.0, 10.5 and 11 grs of R. Unique and see how they do. Thinking about it however, I need to see how many of those bullets I have left. I may need to spend a weekend or two casting.