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Old March 29, 2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Which In Stock Powder 45c

This will be my first reload. I have read a few books some twice, but l am looking for some personal experience and advice.

I found these powders in stock locally.
Universal Clays, 1lb and 4lbs.
Trail Boss, 5lbs.
HS-6, 1lb.

Which would you pick for a targets for a Uberti 45c ?

Also I might want to load 38 later if I still have a barrel and fingers.

I don't have primers or brass yet so I can wait on another powder.

From what I have read I am leading toward the Universal, but like that Trail Boss will be hard to double charge.
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Old March 29, 2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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They'll all work, but I'd probably go with Universal. It'll work well for .38 Special loads too.
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Old March 29, 2013, 06:48 PM   #3
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Clays 4lb and (or) 5lbs Trail boss...

univ clays will be faster...
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Old March 29, 2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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I'm just getting back into reloading, where did you find the trailboss?
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Old March 29, 2013, 09:25 PM   #5
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At my LGS, Greentop.
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Old March 29, 2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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HS6 is a great powder for 45 Colt medium to heavy loads, but the Universal Clays would be the better choice for target loads.
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Old March 30, 2013, 12:35 AM   #7
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Universal. I use it. Great loads.
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Old March 30, 2013, 03:48 AM   #8
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I like trailboss a lot in .44mag/specials. Its a great target powder.
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Old March 30, 2013, 06:30 AM   #9
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Universal (like Unique) is one of the MOST versatile handgun powders available.
Suggest it from your list.
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Old March 30, 2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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I agree with post #6. Buy 'em all.
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Old March 30, 2013, 06:40 PM   #11
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Trail Boss for the powder puff loads. Great powder to get started with reloading as it fills the case nicely.

Unique/Universal for light to medium loads. Standard load is 8.0g under 250g RNFP.

HS-6 for a bit heavier load. I like 13g under 255g SWC.


Note to a poster above. Just 'Clays' is different than 'Universal Clays'. They are completely different powders.
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Old March 30, 2013, 08:07 PM   #12
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Take care:

"Universal Clays" Universal

It's one of those bad-labeling brand names that can lead to trouble.
When the dust settles, you WANT this stuff:





NOT this stuff:


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Old March 30, 2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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I have had outstanding results with Universal in 45 Colt with 255gr bullets. It is my first choice in 45 Colt.
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Old March 31, 2013, 07:25 AM   #14
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Quote:
45 Colt above:
Ditto.

9.0 gr Universal behind the classic 255gr Lyman 454424 cast 30:1
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:20 AM   #15
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Universal Clays is a commonly used name for Universal. When I got my first bottle of it I was so confused (because it says Universal Clays Technology on the bottle) that I ended up calling Hodgdon about it.
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:40 AM   #16
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I am a fan of trail boss in the .45 colt.
For the novice, its easy to avoid a double charge.
Its great for mild target loads.
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Old March 31, 2013, 09:20 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the post and the powder clarifications. That is really usefully advice for a beginer.

I received my bullets yesterday, Oregon Trail 250g RN FP .452 .

Now all I need is primers and brass.

One more question. Do you seat all similar ( regardless of maker ) lead 250g. RN FP bullets the same OAL . Or is that a something you have to experiment with and the reason I should start with the low suggested charge ?
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Old March 31, 2013, 04:37 PM   #18
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Oregan Trail 250gr RNFP:



Seat it to the upper-middle of the crimp groove for proper OAL on that bullet.

As the Uberti in 45 Colt is basically the 130 year-old original single action design, stick with original presure loads.
From Hodgdon's website:


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Old March 31, 2013, 10:19 PM   #19
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I use Clays*, American Select, Trail Boss, or black powder in my .45 loads.

* NOT Universal Clays, NOT International Clays, just Clays, as in mehavey's BOTTOM picture (the one he says not to use).
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Old April 1, 2013, 05:53 AM   #20
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Just don't confuse the two .
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