Anyone using Trail boss powder?
I am starting reloading and I am thinking of using Trail boss powder for loading .45 Colt (SAA pistol) and was wondering if anyone has any experience with it?
Looks good for filling up the .45 colt case and preventing overcharging and quite a lot of the cowboy shooters in the US seem to be recommending it so I thought it might be a good powder to try first?
This is a good plane but, if you get 1lb of powder say xmp5744 the start load for this is 16.6gr but if you use solo 1000 for eg you just need 5.4gr. so if go for solo you will get 3x the loads from the same amout of powder.
I use Trailboss for my subsonic 5.56 loads. Very good powder but hard to meter. I weigh each round as I get a .2 grain variation if I run through my powder dispenser.
Very expensive solution to a non existant problem!
Use Vectan AS from Peter Lawman. 6gns of this will half fill that case.
I used to reload 45 colt in the good old cowboy action days.
You could virtually use any thing up to 2400 type powders so go with the most economical.
Ya the Trailboss only comes in 9oz 255g bottles if you pay full price for the bottles will cost you a lot. I use Tightgroup in my 357mag 3.8gr. There is lots of powder that would work. This ok Noblesport GM3 it's about £40 but you get a 1KG you would get over 2000 loads from it at 5.2gr.
Last edited by Simon_S; 06-02-2012 at 09:24 AM.
I would recommend it, especially if you are just getting started. After double charging incident years ago in a 38 special, I am now very cautious with the extra room in cases. It is the only powder I use in 44 special, and 32 H&R mag. The extra cost is very minor compared to the peace of mind. Won't get top velocities, but great for plinking and low pressure. Greetings from the States.
To buy this powder in the usa it's $14 a bottle, think thats less than a £10 i bet you it's not £10 to buy in this country.
Isnt it expensive to mail order powder?
Originally Posted by mag44uk
SD5782, When I priced up the difference to Titegroup and Trailboss I think it only worked out as an extra £1 per one hundred shots if I did my sums right!
If am I am going to be using copper jacketed bullets would I be best using Titegroup?
Damn $14 that is much cheaper!!
Originally Posted by Simon_S
Wasting your money with jacketed bullets in 45 colt
Trail Boss is a great powder for big cases that were originally designed for black powder. I don't think it is recommended for jacketed bullets. The 45 colt at standard pressures is only going about 700 fps. Lead is the way to go.
Originally Posted by Hakeswill
Yes Kranks charge £17 to post nitro powder, but there no way round that you pay the post or pick it up. Think Titegroup would be better there a load in my book for a XTP load with it, the Trailboss is more for cowboy lead loads, under 1000fps.
Originally Posted by Hakeswill
Those Xtp bullets look expensive, around £30 at midway I was thinking of something much cheaper than that
Henry Kranks do a 45 FMJ there £20 for 100 thay may be ok. The place i go to shoot you can not shoot anyhing with a jacket on lead loads only. May work out cheaper to get lead head there around £30 for 500.
Last edited by Simon_S; 07-02-2012 at 08:28 AM.
At some point you will expend money on postage or fuel to get your powder.
I personally would ring Peter Lawman and ask him how much the postage is.
If its "reasonable" consider getting a couple of kilos or splitting a larger order with some mates.Add some bullets to the order!
It will work out cheaper in the long run than using trailboss which has got to be the most expensive powder to buy in the UK!
Whether you use FMJ`s or lead bullets doesnt really influence what powder you use.
If you are target shooting out to 100 yards just use lead bullets,there are no advantages using jacketed.
As for Kranks website prices,dont believe them!
May be better just getting any powder that will work from a local shop just pick it up..