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playing with .45 schofield in a 45 long colt revolver

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Leaky Waders, Mar 4, 2010.

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  1. Leaky Waders

    Leaky Waders Member

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    Hi,

    So, l got 100 schofield brass to play with. I'm using universal and 200 grain lead RNFP bullets.

    They will be shot out of a .45 LC old style vaquero.

    Do I really need to start with the baby loads based upon CAS standards? Can't I just throw 7 grains of universal in them as a starting load based upon the robustness of the revolver and the predicted 13,000 cup estimated at this load?

    L.W.
     
  2. calaverasslim

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    Several books show load data for the 45 Schofield. Just follow it.

    On the Hodgdon web site, they show Universal at 6.0gr for 773fps to 7.0 for 938fps.

    Good luck
     
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    For a few years I shot 4.5 grains of Bullseye with a 200 gr. RNFP loaded backwards crimped in the grease grove.

    Currently I'm using Schofield cases 200 gr. RNFP with 4.5 trail boss--still plenty of recoil.

    I have found with cast bullets you can almost always find a lower than max. load with most pistol and shotgun powders. DON'T DOWN LOAD SLOW BURNING TAPE PISTOL POWDERS!! Examples H110 and WW296.
     
  4. Randy1911

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    I use to load 5.0 grs. of W231 with a 200 RNFP. It was fairly mild. I used Schofields so I could get more rounds in my Marlin 1894 Cowboy rifle. It would hold 14 that way. Just remember, you have to clean the chamber just like shooting 38's in a 357 before you can go back to 45 Colts.
     
  5. Jim K

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    Gee! Shoot .45 Schofield ammo in a .45 Colt revolver? Who would do a thing like that? Well, maybe the army; they did it from 1874 to the mid-1890's and even after.

    Jim
     
  6. Leaky Waders

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    :)

    Yeah I just wanted try it - I loaded up 100 last night with the recipe I mentioned above. I'll try it this weekend at my awesome Mom/dad-in-laws house with the Ruger.

    I do have a sweet new hogleg coming Tuesday - I can't wait. It's G-4 on Nutmeg's site.
     
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