I'm going to be loading .44Sp for use in a S&W 629, have shot some factory magnum in it and don't care much for it. A nice guy at the range let me shoot some of his handload special in his Ruger cowboy gun (Redhawk/Blackhawk?) and it was sooo nice. He had two of his loads, one was rather light, and the other "hotter", and I could feel the difference it recoil. My question would be regarding the amount of powder differences between special and magnum. In my book it calls for 6.0gr of powder for a 200gr JHP for special, and 10.5gr for the Magnum on the light side, same bullet of course. Considering there's only an 1/8" diffrence in the shell it's self, why can't you load anything between 6.0 and 10.5 in the special shell? OR the magnum shell? There looks to be a WIDE margin between the amount of powder in special and magnum. My common sense tells me I can load between special maximum and magnums minimum, but I want to hear others input. I don't want to be buying a bunch of new brass, however I did get 100 Wincester .44special brass to get me started. So far it looks like once fired .44mag brass would be easier to come by than .44special. I've got a pretty good grasp as far as pressures go, barrel length, powder burn rates, velocitiy etc, I look over all that when I'm loading different flavors just to soak it in. Every thing I load has been on the conservative side and will continue to be that way.. The guns I load for are capable of handling heavier loads than what I load. I havn't decided YET if I'm getting this gun it's OWN powder. I'll be using 231 to start as it's in the book and that is what I have handy. I've got Hornady 200grXTPs to start, but am considering going to cast after these are gone. Thoughts? Mike And, of course standard disclaimers apply. Any information gleened from this thread is to be used at my own risk and no one elses Blah Blah, and so forth.