Trailboss in a 9mm anybody tried it?


January 13, 2009, 01:22 PM
No data I can find.

Just curious if anybody has tried or has seen data.

Wondering if you have enough room to get up to a reasonable velocity.

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January 13, 2009, 02:02 PM
I haven't but do use it for 45LC. I think the reason there are no loads revolves around case size and loading density of said powder. In the past Ive had very good success directly emailing Hodgden w/ questions. They usually got back to me that day or the next. So, if you get no joy here then go to the source.

January 13, 2009, 02:14 PM
I've used it in 45lc, which it was designed for, and 45acp, where it worked quite well, but was much more expensive than other great powders. I used it all up and will probably not buy more unless get back into 45lc shooting.

I doubt that it would work for the 9mm very well. Especially with so many other great choices. I'm using Universal right now with 124 gr lrn from a ocal caster. Very nice.

January 13, 2009, 06:04 PM
That's got to be a bad mis-match, and one that I wouldn't experiment with.

By the time you got any real velocity you would be compressing the powder, and that's a big no no with Trail Boss.

January 13, 2009, 07:52 PM
If there's a mismatch in reloading, this is it.

Ky Larry
January 13, 2009, 08:15 PM
Why not call IMR and talk to tech support? (913) 362-9455

January 13, 2009, 09:05 PM
Yup, Definately a better powder out there for Lead boolits and 9mm.

If your looking for light loads, try N320.


March 18, 2009, 09:51 PM
I use Trailboss for my .45acp loads, and I love it!!...However, I don't think it's a good idea for 9mm...I did alot of research, and I cannot find ANY load data for TB in the 9mm...just the wrong application...I will second the use of VV N320...Huge IDPA load where I am..a little expensive, but very worth it...soft, and cleeeeaaannn..none cleaner.

March 18, 2009, 09:58 PM
I doubt you could get enough TB in the case to work, and compressing TB is a no no according to IMR. (oops, I see that was already posted)

700X, AA #2, AA #5, N320, N330, N340, WSF, Unique, etc are all good choices.

700X, AA #2, and N320 will excel in light loads with lead bullets in 9MM.

March 18, 2009, 11:43 PM
Use Unique for a 9mm with lead boolits. I use 5.0 grains with a 125 grain Con. nose boolit. I have not cronographed them, but in my XD9 4" i get exceptional accuracy, and reliable ejection and feeding.

Use Unique.

March 19, 2009, 10:26 AM
Yep. Ordered 32lbs of Unique. Using it for everything now. Seems to work great in 9mm.

Did give up on cast bullets though.

March 19, 2009, 10:07 PM
im using w231 4.4 grns and works fine for me a budy is using TB for his 38spc and 357mag not recomended for 9mm not resposable for using my data

March 19, 2009, 10:11 PM
Did a test using .38 data. Even for a mild loading, the case runneth over- big time.

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