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Reduced loads for rifles using jacketed bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rcmodel, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The new April issue of Handloader magazine on news stands now has an article on loading reduced velocity/recoil rifle loads using Trail Boss powder.

    In it, Charles Petty tells how to determine the safe starting and MAX loads with any rifle caliber with any bullet weight.

    He covers 6mm Rem, .260 Rem, 7mm Mag, .308 Win, 30-06, .300 WSM, and .300 RUM in detail with crony data & group size.

    But it is applicable to any caliber.

    It's a good read if you have any interest in shooting reduced loads for training kids, wives, etc., or reduced pelt damage for hunting.

    Also another article by Brian Pearce on +P .44 Mag loads for the Ruger Redhawk using 270 through 340 grain bullets.

  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Hmmm. Might just pick that up.
  3. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Mine didn't arrive yet.
  4. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    I got mine last Friday. There is also an article on the 219 Zipper, which I found interesting. I can't recall ever seeing the round or a gun chambered for it.
  5. KSCCHTrainer

    KSCCHTrainer Well-Known Member

    Yup, IMR Trail Boss works great for reduced loads using either lead OR jacketed bullets in about any cartridge (handgun or rifle) you can think of.

    I've been doing some extensive testing using both cast lead, (with and without gas checks) and jacketed bullets in both the 7.62X54R and 8X57 Mauser with excellent results. Hodgdon has a PDF file on their website giving it their blessing and their latest reloading manual/magazine has a real good article starting on page 50 that gives all sorts of good data.

    Getting MOA accuracy at 50 yards out of the Mauser and very close to that with a Mosin 91/30.
  6. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    The recipe for reduced loads with Trail Boss has been on the Hodgdon web site for quite some time. I e-mailed threm a few months back to ask if the same recipe would work for my .460 handgun loads and jacketed bullets and they assured me it would.

    Here's a link to the formula.........http://www.hodgdon.com/PDF/Trail-Boss-data.pdf

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