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Yesterday I was a bit bored ::) ::) so I reloaded some 444 shells my load I used was 45gr H4198 with 265gr Hornaday. I'm sure this is a good load and I was wondering if any of you guys have used this load before and what the stats might be. Thanks MAC ;D ;D ;D
 

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That load should put the 265 in the neighborhood of 2100 fps or so depending on your bore condition, barrel length, etc. At 2100 you would have a muzzle energy of approximately 2500 ft lbs, a Thorniley of 150, and a Taylor KO of 34. This would give your 444 the capabilities (within its useful range) of the .333 and 350 Nitro Express (rimmed or flanged), The 350 Rigby Magnum, the 360 Nitro Express No. 2, and the 9.3mm Mauser. According to the "numbers" it would be suitable for everything in North America as well as larger African plains game.
 

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Mactavish said:
Yesterday I was a bit bored ::) ::) so I reloaded some 444 shells my load I used was 45gr H4198 with 265gr Hornaday. I'm sure this is a good load and I was wondering if any of you guys have used this load before and what the stats might be. Thanks MAC ;D ;D ;D
I'm actually using the same bullet with 47.0 gr H4198 at 2235 fps. The 2 deer I shot with mine never moved.
 

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Thanks boys for the info , just a little worried about breach pressures that all. The biggest game around here is the moose ( 400lbs-1200lbs ) and I,m totally sure this baby will knock the hell out of moose........ ;D ;D ;D.

Here is a pic of Bull we got 2 years ago. 1158lbs.
 

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Mactavish said:
Thanks boys for the info , just a little worried about breach pressures that all. The biggest game around here is the moose ( 400lbs-1200lbs ) and I,m totally sure this baby will knock the hell out of moose........ ;D ;D ;D.

Here is a pic of Bull we got 2 years ago. 1158lbs.
Not much more I can say that has already been said. But would like to put my two cents in anyhow. I have been loading for my 444S for years and my 444s likes the 265gr. HDY. and H4198 with a charge of 46.5 or 47.0 grains. To be honest shooting this is quite boring it hit in the 10 ring all the time cool out of the case at 50 out to 100 yards. Let me add this cartridge will perform well using most powders that's appropriate for it.

T ;D NY
 

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I have been loading 46 grains of H4198 so you are surely in the ballpark with 45 grains. The 265 flatpoint is a great bullet.

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I have been loading 46 grains of H4198 so you are surely in the ballpark with 45 grains. The 265 flatpoint is a great bullet.

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Thanks Horseshoe, I will probably make to 46grs but I'm just taking my time. ;D
 

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I started at 45, and ended up at 47g h4198. It seemed to tighten up toward the top.
 

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I have been using the IMR 4198 since the beginning of time, same bullet, 46.3 grns very accurate and good speed.
 

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I used 47 gr. of H4198 and 250 grain Nosler/Sierra's, I think you will end up working up to 47 also. We have Shiras moose here in Utah, Lifetime Tag only. I have never drawn a tag, but run in to them from time to time. Big bruisers for sure, and they are the "small ones", ha. I will some day ( Lord willing of course) shoot a Canadian moose, as the Yukon variety is a "bit" out of my budget,ha. Good luck.
 
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