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Old March 5th, 2017, 08:40 AM   #1
 
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"Light Load" for .45 Colt

Looking for a "recipe" for a "light" .45 Colt load using 200grn or 185grn and unique or Trail Boss.

Would need to make PF for SASS.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 08:43 AM   #2
 
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Check Hodgdon website. They have a nice reloading data center for free. I checked and they have a nice load listed for you with a 200 grain bullet.
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Check Hodgdon website. They have a nice reloading data center for free. I checked and they have a nice load listed for you with a 200 grain bullet.
Thanx.
I am going to play with their 200's already.
I am looking for a soft recoil and was hoping someone shot 185's maybe.
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I would use trail boss as the large 45 colt case and light loads of unique are conducive to double loads. Trail boss was developed to fill larger cases like the 45 colt etc and preclude double loads.
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These should help...

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I would use trail boss as the large 45 colt case and light loads of unique are conducive to double loads. Trail boss was developed to fill larger cases like the 45 colt etc and preclude double loads.
This. I use Trail Boss in .45 /colt and .44-40 pretty much exclusively(when I'm not loading Holy Black...)
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My go to load for CAS is 5grs Trailboss under a 200gr bullet. I will admit that it is not strong enough to fully expand the brass causing blow by in my Uberti 1873.
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Hornady light loads

My manual reads that a light load with a 200 SWC or lead C/T would be 5.8 to 6.4 grains of Unique or 6.4 grains of Trail Boss.
Hope that helps. I can give you more options that are slightly hotter if needed
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6.0gr Unique under a 200gr bullet works great for SASS. I've used that for several years. Never had a squib, misfire, short round, nothing. My SWAG is about 750fps. Easy to shoot but still feels/sounds like a real gun. Works great in my Vaqueros and Uberti '73. If you accidentally double charge it will be readily apparent. A double load will fit in the case but it's filled to the brim whereas a normal 6.0gr charge you can't even see without specifically looking down in the case (at least that's the way it is with my Dillon).

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Aren't there CASS forums that would have specific load data?
Also, always start at a start load and work up or down from there.
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