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I will be loading some 240gr. Keith type swc bullets for hunting in my 44 mag. SBH. What is a good velocity to load for good penetration without excessive recoil?
 

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10 gr unique will launch them at 1000 fps, an accurate load w/o excessive recoil, and reasonable penetration. You can also use 2400 to load them up to 1200 fps for a bit more penetration, and a tad more recoil. Unless the bullet has a gascheck, I wouldn't go for the max 1500 fps loads.
 

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Load these bullets any where in the range of 1000 to 1200 fps and you should have all the penetration you need on thin skinned game without much recoil. I got 31" of penetration in wet newsprint with a 255 SWC out of a .45 Auto-Rim loaded to 900 fps.
 

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I don't know, for sure, what bullet your talking about. I load the Lyman 429421 over 21 grains of 2400 for a chronographed 1350. That 1350 is a conservative figure, most clock a little faster than that. I use CCI large primers not the magnum ones, just the regular ones. By the way this is Keith's load from many moons back and still does a very good job. As far as my two cents worth, I'd load 240 grain jacketed hollow points for the thin skinned(deer) stuff, not the hard casts.
 

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Out of a 5.5" barrel Redhawk 21.0/2400 Lyman 429421 cast SWC went 1310 FPS. Same bullet and 10.7 Unique went 1140 FPS. The Unique load was much more pleasant to shoot.
The same 21.0/2400 Lyman 429421 cast SWC load goes 1537 FPS out of my 14" Contender barrel.

I traded my Redhawk for a S&W Model 624 44 Special and 16.0/2400 with the Lyman bullet goes 1087 FPS out of it's 6.5" barrel.

I wouldn't hesitate to use any of these loads on deer, but I prefer the Nosler 200 gr JHP for that chore.
 
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