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  • Harrys

    Short Round
    Jul 12, 2014
    1,935
    SOMD
    Here is a link to flash tests of various primers brings light to the subject.

     

    Park ranger

    Active Member
    Dec 6, 2015
    1,908
    Thanks! I just ordered 3lbs of the Hodgdon Titegroup. Looks like that is perfect. $155 though. I think I am officially over the cost to just buy these damn bullets new but oh well. It's worth it for the learning experience I guess.
    Be very careful with tight group, its a very very fast powder. A double charge will blow your gun apart.
     

    Archeryrob

    Undecided on a great many things
    Mar 7, 2013
    2,324
    Fairplay, MD
    I was going to use Trailboss when loading cowboy loads for my conversion cylinder. Now I load the same bullet you have over 4.6 grains of Clays and standard primers. I can hit a pie plate at 40 yards with that 8" barrel.

    IMO, trailboss is a nice powder but very expensive. Same price as 1# Clay's but you only get 9 ounces.
     

    GuckyMuckster

    Junior Member
    Apr 6, 2022
    3
    Please be aware... Large pistol and large rifle are not the same physical size. This is why precision primer reamers will give you 2 different reamers. 1 for large pistol and 1 for large rifle. Small rifle and small pistol are the same physical size.

    I know this doesn't match your components, but I suggest you look at 250gr cast in 45LC under 8.0gr of Unique. your seating die will tell you if its +/-.2 grs but it will provide you an extremely accurate load.

    Thanks
     

    ras_oscar

    Active Member
    Apr 23, 2014
    1,493
    :omg:

    There are a lot of people who will tell you you’ll shoot your eye out if you don’t follow a reloading manual exactly. Then there are people who actually know how to reload that will recommend stuff the books missed. You decide who to trust. There is no right answer.
    Concur, and adding: The people on the internet that are offering free advice are NOT shooting YOUR firearm and not risking YOUR fingers.
     

    LGoodwin

    Active Member
    Feb 3, 2011
    4,475
    Cecil County
    I have no intention of doing this. But I did do some net searches and found a conversation on a reloader forum talking about it. Seems a couple people did some testing and found no real difference using rifle primers. They acknowledged all the differences you mentioned but in their tests none of them made any difference. The one reloader said he would not hesitate to use rifle primers for pistol cartridges if it was all he could get. It was an interesting read.
    Was the discussion generic rifle/pistol or more specific as in small rifle/small pistol? SRP and SPP are the same size and CAN be used in either situation as there is only a small difference in the brisance of each. LRP and LPP are not the same size and could cause problems as the LPP would be loose in a rifle casing and the LRP would seat too high in the pistol case.

    BTW...I have used SRP in my 9x19 cases and found no difference in their function.
     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    12,335
    Glen Burnie
    For the pistol you are loading for, it doesn't seem like Ramshot Enforcer would be a good choice.

    I know my Dad used a lot of Unique in general, and the only 45 LC reloads I have from him are loaded with Unique - can't remember off the top of my head what the load is though.

    This summer I'm taking a trip back home to Nebraska. My Mom says she has my Dad's reloading ledgers - I hope to find them to see what he was using because most of the powders he used back then are still standbys today.
     

    gungate

    NRA Patron Member
    Apr 5, 2012
    10,242
    Damascus. MD
    Was the discussion generic rifle/pistol or more specific as in small rifle/small pistol? SRP and SPP are the same size and CAN be used in either situation as there is only a small difference in the brisance of each. LRP and LPP are not the same size and could cause problems as the LPP would be loose in a rifle casing and the LRP would seat too high in the pistol case.

    BTW...I have used SRP in my 9x19 cases and found no difference in their function.

    I don't recall but they said it was a perfect fit so assume it was SRP and SPP.
     

    gungate

    NRA Patron Member
    Apr 5, 2012
    10,242
    Damascus. MD
    For the pistol you are loading for, it doesn't seem like Ramshot Enforcer would be a good choice.

    I know my Dad used a lot of Unique in general, and the only 45 LC reloads I have from him are loaded with Unique - can't remember off the top of my head what the load is though.

    This summer I'm taking a trip back home to Nebraska. My Mom says she has my Dad's reloading ledgers - I hope to find them to see what he was using because most of the powders he used back then are still standbys today.

    I'm not using the Ramshot anymore. I got Hodgdon Tightgroup instead. Ramshot will sit on the shelf and collect dust.
     
    I am having a hard time matching up what I bought to what I can make. Can anyone help out?

    Caliber - .45 Long Colt
    Powder - Ramshot Enforcer Smokeless Handgun
    Bullet - RNFP 200g Cowboy
    Primer - CCI 350 Large Pistol Magnum
    I started handloading in the early 90's but got away from it for a few decades and am back at it preparing for my New Vaquero in 45 colt to get out of waiting period jail. I've been researching loads, have several powders and primers on hand with price tags on the containers that would make you drool. I'm going with Unique, I have 3 lbs aged to perfection, and WLP primers but had to buy bullets and cases.

    The one question I have for the OP, is why did you buy those components? None of the 45 Colt loads I've looked at use magnum primers and I have never heard of that powder though today's list of powders is about twice as long as it was "back in the day."
     

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