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cowboy loads with W231???

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hugh King, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Hugh King

    Hugh King Member

    Hello all. I'm new to your board and want to see if anyone can help me find loading data for Winchester 231 powder in .38, .38-40, .44-40, and .45LC. Myself and four kids have just gotten into CAS and I have to try to save a few dollars where I can. I have three pounds of W231 that I would like to use up if I can. Thanks.
  2. Quantrill

    Quantrill Well-Known Member

    At least 4 different Lyman Reloading Books have 231 powder loadings for those calibres. I am sure others do also. The faster powders such as 231, Bullseye, 700X ane Red Dot make excellent Cowboy loads. Quantrill
  3. Arch

    Arch Well-Known Member

    3.0 Grains of WW231 with a 148 gr wadcutter is a fairly well accepted load inthe .38spl for target work. According to my loading manual, the starting load is 2.8 grains, but this is for an equivent power, not Winchester.

    If it is for cowboy action shooting, I don't know if you will have to use a 158gr round nose, or anything like that, I'm not familiar with the rules of CAS.
  4. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Just got done making a batch of .45 Long Colt...

    Using 200gr SWC bullets, and a comfortable 7.5gr load of WW231. Winchester doesn't offer much 231 info for their .45 LC load data, but my Speer book does, as does this website:

  5. zeke

    zeke Well-Known Member

    Gewehr98-while not 231, 7.5 grains hp-38 using 200 gn lrnfp has been extremely accurate in every Ruger 45 Lc tried in. A tight interference fit and heavy LFC seems to help consistency and accuracy with the fast burners in large cases.

    Many thanks for all your help over past couple years. :D
  6. Hugh King

    Hugh King Member

    Thank you to all who answered

    Thanks for all of you who took time to help us out. I appreciate it. I am using 158 grn lrnfp on the .38's. In cowboy shooting that is the prefered bullet. Thanks again for everyones help

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