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I currently reload for 45-70 and am about to start reloading 44 mag. I was wondering if there is one powder that is outstanding in both. I would love to be able to buy only one powder.

I have looked in the reloading manuals and see which powders are listed for both, but I would like to hear from people who have experience with both.

Thanks in advance for the info.
 

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No there isn't. Powders fast enough for the .44 mag are too fast for optimal .45/70. Powders slow enough for the .45/70 are too slow for optimal .44 mag.

You can get a powder that will work in both, but it will be a compromise on one side or the other.
 

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Well, it was worth a try. I can use 2 different powders, but am always a fan of one stop shopping.

I am currently using 3031 for the 45-70, but haven't found a load that I love yet.

Does anyone want to make a recommendation on the best 44 mag powder. I will be loading 240 grain JHP for an 1894 rifle at moderate velocities that my wife will enjoy shooting.
 

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What imashooter2 said :)

There’s no one powder that is ideal/outstanding for both cartridges. But a couple of powders that I use can work for both 44Mag and 45/70.

Unique – works well in the 44 as a mid/velocity load. And in the 45/70 for a lite load using cast bullets.

2400 – works for 44 magnum loadings. And works well for midrange 45/70 loadings…
 

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Unique, 2400, IMR and H4227

I would go with Unique and 2400 for a wide range in both.

Sooner or later all 45-70 reloaders look for a light cast load, that's where the Unique will shine. 2400 is a little fast for the big 45-70 but works, in the .44 mag it will shine in top end loads. The Unique will do well for light loads in the .44 also.
 

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I was leaning toward 2400. I may give it a try. I am not interested in really hot loads for either cartridge, so it may be a good compromise.

Thanks for the info.
 

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I've done unique in the 45-70 and in 44 mag. cast bullets in both, gas checked.

i keep unique around for the 44 mag and usually use Reloder-7 in the 45-70
 

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I've actually used 2400 for mid range loads in both my 35 Remington and 444 Marlin. I also use it in the 357 magnum and 454 Casull. It's a pretty versatile powder.
 
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