Hornady 265-gr FTX .430 bullet NOT FOR HANDGUN

To learn and introduce new loaders. Tips and tricks from old timers.

Moderators: Coordinators, Moderators

Hornady 265-gr FTX .430 bullet NOT FOR HANDGUN

Postby Morne » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:32 pm

So I traded for some Hornady 265-gr FTX .430" bullets. Figured I could load them in some .44 Mag cases and workup a decent deer load. WRONG!

These are too long for .44 Magnum. I realized that they wouldn't work in revolvers pretty quickly as I had a revolver at the bench with me and tried them in the cylinder only to see the polymer nose sticking out the front. No problem, I have a Rossi Ranch hand in .44 Mag and they should work in that, right? WRONG AGAIN!

Looking at Hornady's website this bullet is for the .444 Marlin. The correct FTX bullet for .44 Mag is the 225-gr variant.

So now I have a tube full of cartridges in my Ranch Hand that won't chamber. Those will be fun to get out. Then I get to pull them all down. :evil:

Just another day of playing around with load development. Learn from my mistakes.
Thus spoke Zarathustra.

Footsoldier in the Conservative Insurrection of the GOP.

Remember, only you can prevent big government!
User avatar
Morne
OFCC Director
OFCC Director
 
Posts: 10451
Joined: Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:01 pm
Location: Wayne County

Re: Hornady 265-gr FTX .430 bullet NOT FOR HANDGUN

Postby Dave Shooter » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:31 am

Might work in .44 Special length cases.
Dave Shooter
 
Posts: 137
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:24 pm
Location: Bellefontaine OH

Re: Hornady 265-gr FTX .430 bullet NOT FOR HANDGUN

Postby willbird » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:48 am

What was your OAL of the loaded rounds ?? I'd be worried about how deeply they seat too.

Hornady makes a 225 grain FTX and specifies a trim to length
for 44 magnum cases to use that bullet. Some users saw on on live target gains, nor were they more accurate than an XTP apparently.

Bill
Have a great day today unless you have made other plans :-).
willbird
OFCC Member
OFCC Member
 
Posts: 11331
Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:19 am
Location: Exit 13 on the ohio Turnpike :-)


Return to Handloading

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests