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Posted by Ernie on Monday, 7 December 2009, at 9:50 p.m., in response to 1884, posted by Jeffrey Parsons on Monday, 7 December 2009, at 7:06 p.m.
Unless you MUST shoot BP I suggest "Cowboy Action" loads. If you want to load your own, loading info is available on the Web from Hodgdon's & other sites.
Her's my formula:
Winchester or Starline cases, sized & trimmed to correct length.
14.5 grains (by weight) Hodgdon's Trail Boss Powder
300 or 330 grain lubed bullet. Back off on powder as the weight goes up. I shoot only the 300's at paper targets. They are easy to kill. A 405 gr. lubed bullet ahead of 13 grains of Trail Boss will take down ANYTHING in North America. If you push a jacketed bullet you will need to back off on the powder some.
It is VERY important to know the cup pressures your load is generating. 25,000 is the limit for most TD's
Large Rifle Primers. Some guys use the Magnum primers but I do not see the need.
The Trail Boss will make a loud noise & usually leave an impression on your shoulder. But it's the best day I have when bustin' caps in a TD.
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