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Old July 11, 2006, 09:19 AM   #1
Mike Irwin
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Finally shot some Trail Boss reloads...

in my .44 Special.

All I can say is wow, this is an EXCELLENT powder!

Very, very consistent sounding from shot to shot (I didn't have a chronograph, unfortunately, so I don't know the velocity) and VERY accurate.

Shooting off hand at about 10 yards I was easily keeping all my shots in a 2" circle.

I'll have to see what it can do off the bench.
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Old July 11, 2006, 09:57 AM   #2
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Me, too.
I loaded some .44 WCF with Trail Boss. Bulky enough to see as I set the bullet on the D550, uniform velocity, good accuracy.
The only drawback is changing out powder bars, they recommend the Dillon rifle bar for anything over 5 grains and .44 WCF takes up to 6.5. If I loaded a lot of .44 WCF, I'd get a dedicated powder measure, but I don't so I will just try to build up enough inventory to carry me through the rest of the year's CAS.
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Old July 11, 2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I used the adjustable charge bar on my Lee powder measure. The stuff meters amazingly consistently given its relatively large size and flat flake shape.
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Old July 12, 2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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I would like to try Trail Boss for .41 Magnum target loads.

Not having seen the powder yet, what kind of load density am I looking at with around 5 grains? Have you tried it in .41 yet?
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Old July 12, 2006, 09:19 PM   #5
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I agree with the above, accurate, reliable and easy to load. I am on a major campaign to get rid of all of my fast powders for 38 special and for 357 mag wimp loads. I can rapidly see the trailboss will become a staple powder replacing bullseye, titegroup, 231 and aa2.

Great stuff!
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Old July 12, 2006, 09:42 PM   #6
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Are there any listed loads for bullets other than lead?
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Old July 13, 2006, 12:06 AM   #7
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I think Trail Boss was designed specifically for lead bullets in mind. I've not seen any jacketed loading data for it yets.

I've not tried TB in my .41 Mag. yet, but I suspect that 5 grains would come very close to talking up half, or more, of the case.
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