I've found the best load with FFFg for a .44 is 22 - 25 gr. That's with Elephant. With Swiss I drop down to 18 gr. FFFg. I'm talking accuracy here and not stopping a charging Kodiak bear. My point is this: just how thick a wad are you fellas using to take up the air space? It must be very thick or else your lead balls are having to make a large jump from chamber to bore. I borrowed from the Civil War reenactors who use Cream of Wheat or grits as a filler. With my little bowl and Lee scoops it's faster than any wad that I've used plus it scours the bore. In a .36 Navy I use 22 gr. FFFg Elephant or 12 gr. Swiss. What are your loads and methods?