How did you blow up the .44 Ruger Carbine? I have one and don't want to do the same. I only use jacketed 240 or 270 gr. with crimp grooves.wow this thread has been quiet for a while.
I've been working on .44 magnum loads in prep for my Alaska trip. I'd planned on using some Hornandy 165 gr. jacketed flat point bullets I have left from before my Ruger Carbine exploded. normally I load 240 gr. cast lswc bullets in the .44. I couldn't keep the jacketed bullets crimped hard enough to keep the bullets from moving forward during recoil and jamming the revolver. (REVOLVERS ARE NOT JAM PROOF!!) plus I could only get around 1173 fps & 809 ft lbs. out of them. so I went back to my 240 gr. cast bullets. that load (25 gr. of H-110 & a magnum primer) goes around 1400 fps with 1000 ft. lbs. of energy. its accurate, controllable during rapid double action shooting and the bullets stay crimped where I put them. I would still like a heavier bullet incase I actually have to shoot a grizzly in S.D. but since components are so hard to come by, I'll have to make do with what I have. any way, they are 40 grs. heavier and 200 fps. faster than the 200 gr. 10mm load that was going to be my main carry. (until I remembered how big those bears get up there.) I will still bring one of my 10mm pistols to carry as back up or alone when I feel the "threat level" is lower but I think my trusty ole S&W 629 will be my primary weapon.