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Loads for old New Service

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by floridaboy, Apr 9, 2010.

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  1. floridaboy

    floridaboy Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    I have a Colt New Service chambered for .455 Eley. It was produced in 1914, and is in good condition. I've used the Hornady and Fiocci factory .455 Webley ammo, the Hornday is much more accurate. At around $1.25 a round, it's pricey. I have loading data from the '50's showing 3.5-4 grains of Bullseye with a 260 gr slug, or 5-6 grains of Unique using a 250 gr. I have been using this data with 255 gr cast bullets, but am a little leary. These seem like pretty stiff loads. Does anyone else load for this fine old round? I'd like to find a nice safe load for this revolver that won't stress it at all. Maybe Old Fuff has a suggested load.
  2. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Hi floridaboy,

    I have not re-loaded for that Cartridge, though I am planning on re-loading for .45 Long Colt ( and maybe .450 Adams also ) where I intend to use 3f BP and also "777".

    "777" propellent should be friendly and forthright for the .455 Eley, or, would be worth trying anyway...likely giving as good or even better velocities than standard Bullseye or Unique Loadings, and at lower pressures.

    "Trailboss" might be a good one for Plinking Rounds...

    The re-loading section of the forum has many people who would know about various powders/propellents for selecting those which may be particularly good for this Cartridge.

    You know, I just started a 'Colt New Service appreciation Thread' in the Revolver section.

    Post an image of yours if you get a chance..!
  3. MagicD

    MagicD Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    I have used the following below 700 FPS loads for a 19th century (MkI) Webley and the worked well.
    Your model is stronger than the early Webely

    Start low and work up and weigh all loads carefully
    All bullets are cast .454-.455

    210 gr cast Rd nose 3.2gr VVn310

    250-255 gr. cast Rd nose 4.2 gr w 231
    3.8 gr B.E.
    3.2gr Titegroup
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