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Trail Boss OK with Jacketed Bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CPLofMARINES, Jul 6, 2013.


    CPLofMARINES Well-Known Member

    I know Trail Boss is tailored to Cowboy Action/Velocities.
    And some have recommended it for beginners, as double
    Charging is less likely. I was wondering if it would be ok
    For jacketed bullets, as all the applications I read about
    Are for lead. Thanks for your help !

    Semper Fi
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    My hornady manual has some TB loads for jacketed bullets in .45 Colt. I haven't tried them personally.
  3. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    I have used it for plated bullets in .45 Colt, but not jacketed.
  4. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    I'm using it for plated bullets in .32 S&W Long, just loaded up my first 25, haven't gotten to test them out yet.
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Hodgdon recommends you use Trail Boss with lead bullets, not jacketed so I would pay attention to what the distributor says.

    I also do not go along with the "good for beginners" mantra. Just because someone is a beginner doesn't mean they are more likely to double charge a case than someone who has been loading for a longer time. If you pay attention to what you're going you won't double charge a case. I do not recommend picking a powder just because someone tells you it's good for beginners.

    What are you loading? If we knew we could recommend good powder choices for that cartridge without adding fear to the choices.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Trail Boss loves lead in pistol calibers, but gives erratic velocities with plated or jacketed bullets in the pistol calibers I have tried it in. (.32-20, .38 Spl, .357 Mag. Maybe a couple others.)

    It works well with 101% load density and jacketed bullets in the rifle calibers I have tried it in. (.30-30, .35 Rem, .45 Rem Mag.)
  7. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    Another thumbs-up for TB and jacketed in rifles.

    CPLofMARINES Well-Known Member

    ArchAngelCD; to your question, I plan on starting with .38/.357
    And then moving to .44/.44 Mag, I haven't started yet,
    No hurry, reading and learning, so I make the right decisions
    In the beginning regarding equipment/components and
    Also funds and time right now are a factor in when I would
    Like to start, more importantly my Wife is battling a serious
    Illness, (diagnosed Sept. 2012). So, some things have been
    Placed on the back burner for now. I thank everyone out
    There for your advice. THR is truly an awesome community!!


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