Has any one loaded the .444 with black powder?
I filled the case of one and it held 65 gr of Goex 3f. I reduced this to 60 gr and thumb seated a 240 lead SWC on top. I took it out back and it fired with some authority as judged by the recoil. All I had was large pistol primers, but it was enough to set off the BP. I did hit the backstop, but impact was higher than regular factory loads.
I immediately cleaned the handi and after removing the BP residue, I continued to get streaks on the cleaning patches. I am thinking that that one shot left a lot of lead in the bore. I have since obtained some 240 Jacketed bullets and iffin I try this again, will use them.
I have a red dot sight on the rifle now, but plan on scoping it ASAP. Its an older green laminate stock H & R Ultra-Handi. I shoot muzzleloaders a lot and have BP, but not smokeless powder. I would like to make this work as the cost of factory .444's is through the roof. Last box I bought was $18.00 and now they are double that.
Draw a fine bead on em Son! Bobby