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Old May 10, 2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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I am looking to load some cowboy loads for my blackhawks and my Marlin. I have a bunch of Oregon Trail 158 SWC's, as well as some Hornady 158 SWC which are swaged. Powders on hand are Trailboss, 231, and Unique.

I have some pretty good loads for the Hornady's with Trailboss, but I have a LOT more of the Oregon Trails. So if you have any advice for something that will work in both the revolvers and the levergun, I'm all ears.

BTW, I'm looking for light loads.
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Old May 10, 2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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I don't know how light you want it? 3 grains of Trailboss will be the cleanest burning of the powders you mentioned, and will produce target velocities. Same weight of 231 will work and meter better from a measure, but won't be as clean. Unique will need more like 3.3 grains, is very hard to meter consistently (some measures, like the Lee Perfect, even state directly not to try to use Unique in them), and is the dirtiest burning of the bunch.

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Old May 11, 2007, 09:40 AM   #3
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Don;t use either of the other two powders mentioned, but I'm using 2.8 gr of Trailboss with 158 gr SWC in my Rugers.....
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