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Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by cdschoonie, Jan 23, 2021.
What’s your favorite 45 Colt powder and load? If it matters, I have a Marlin 1894.
Are you looking for mellow loads or fire breathers?
I shoot mostly Trail Boss, but to deer or hog hunt, Lil Gun or 4227 fill the bill.
My most used powders in 45 Colt are Titegroup and Bullseye. They make good loads that go from light easy shooting to heavy two-handed all within standard pressure. The top end of standard pressure for 45 Colt is pretty good; 250 grain bullet at 900fps.
For really light loads I've tried Trail Boss. It was fun but for me, Titegroup had that covered so I quit using it.
I tried some really heavy loads using W296. The pressure was too high at the starting loads so I gave up. Probably just needed to increase the powder charge to bring the pressure down (counter intuitive, I know but that's how W296 works sometimes) but wasn't willing to risk it so that was that.
I have known some guys that use Red dot for cowboy shooting
I think its Lyman that has carbine/rifle specific data for pistol cartridges, if you're interested in that route...I mainly use Unique in my 45 colt and 44 mag plinking loads, and 2400 if I want some more speed
Trail Boss all the way!! I like to shoot em light.
Just avg, like a mfg load.
I have seen Winchester from time to time.