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Offline BlackpowderJim

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.45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:21:19 PM »
Well, I reloaded a couple hundred .45 Colts using 5.8 grams of TB. My RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure was worthless. The tiny flat doughnut grains of TB lodged in the throw mechanism, causing it to freeze up. So I used a Lee dipper that came with the dies. It appears, according to my 1010 Haus scale, that two dippers equal 5.8 grains of TB. It was a bit tedious, but I got the job done. I just hope the results were worth the effort. If all the hype is half true concerning this powder, then it should be.

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 04:51:25 AM »
Hi Jim, I load TrailBoss (TB) for .45 Colt using my Lee auto disk powder measure that throws accurate charges. While TB is a nice safe reloading powder, it's a very dirty burning powder. I have since moved on to BA-10 for .45 Colt for conversion cylinders:

https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/product/productId/28092

The loading I use is 250gr Laser Cast and 4.7gr BA-10, ~850fps.

BA-10 is one of the cleanest burning powders I have ever used.

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 11:32:45 AM »
Having loaded for years with flake powders that require weighing every charge, I've more recently began selecting only from those powders that meter well enough that I can use a Case-Activated Powder Drop setup.  With a powder that meters really well, such as True Blue (also a "TB") there's rarely as much as a tenth grain variance from the Hornady L&L powder measure, and loading becomes several times faster.  The CAPD has the ability to flair cases while dropping powder, which further speeds up the loading of jacketed bullets, but when loading lead bullets I use an M die, then CAPD.
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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 05:36:28 PM »
Thanks for the info. I will try the BA 10, especially if it is clean burning.  Also I will look into the CAPD setup. Anything to save some time. However, reloading in an open garage in San Diego is not such a bad thing. Not as bad as when I lived in Vegas and would reload in 110 degree heat! Just have to watch out for the Stasi whilst in California.

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2018, 09:40:36 PM »
Universal Clays is also a good powder that the manuals show loads to be almost identical to equal loads of Unique.  It is the cleanest burning powder I have ever used.  You can fire a load in a piece of new brass, then inspect the case interior and it still looks like new brass.  I used to load a lot of .38-40 cowboy level loads for a friend of mine who had two original Colts and a Winchester model 92 carbine in that caliber.  GF

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 06:31:56 PM »
I have not problem getting consistent powder drops with Trail Boss in my Dillon powder measure.  I am using it in my RL550B progressive press and it is also a case activated powder measure that flares the case as you drop powder.  One crank of the handle, one complete loaded cartridge.  No sweat.   

Richard,
That is the first I have heard of Vectan BA-10 powder.  Thanks for the link.  I see that it is on sale now at Graf's.  With only a $10 hazmat plus a low fixed shipping cost, I may just have to order some of that stuff.   Vectan's reloading guide shows the burn rate to be comparable  to Alliant Bullseye, which is one of the fastest burning smokeless powders.   With a charge of only 4.7 grains, that means that you would get approximately 1,638.2978723404255319148936170213 45 Colt Cartridges per 1.1 lb jug of powder.   Let's see, at $20.99 per jug, plus $2 hazmat per jug if you ordered 5 jugs, plus $1.59 shipping, that gives a price of $24.58 per jug, or 1.5 Cents per cartridge.  I think that is about as economical as you can get as far as powder is concerned.

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 01:18:52 AM »
Approximately 1,638.2978723404255319148936170213?  So you say that it comes to approximately 1,638.2978723404255319148936170213, But what if it actually comes out to 1,638.29787234042553191489361702131?  What then?  Please try to be more precise in the future.   ;D
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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 08:05:54 AM »
Hi Omni, when reloading it is important to be precise.  {?| {?| {?|

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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2018, 05:38:08 PM »
Hi Omni, when reloading it is important to be precise.  {?| {?| {?| ;) ;)Regards,Richard]
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Re: .45 Colt Reloads Using Trail Boss
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2018, 11:27:18 PM »
I use TB in my converted remmies for SASS and a lee perfect powder measure, it throws a pretty consistent charge of 5.3-5.7gn with a 200gn RNFP.

please tell me more about this ba10 stuff. that TB crap is almost as dirty as real black lol
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