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Old 05-23-2011, 6:27 PM
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Default Which powder/load for 45 Colt in a Marlin 1894

Hey everybody, im new to reloading the 45 Colt. Ill be using it in my Marlin 1894 Cowboy. Ill be using a lead 250 grain RNFP bullet. I have been doing a lot of research and most of the loads im finding are more on the light side for the SAA type revolvers. I cant seem to find much load data for rifles. Im seeing that Unique is a pretty popular powder along with W231. Im leaning towards Unique due to its versatility and popularity. Once i get my load data guide that comes with the Lee die set ill see what that says but im curious what loads you guys use in your rifles. I was thinking about starting off with 9 grains of Unique and go from there. I dont want a light SAA pistol type load but i dont need a high velocity hunting load either, just something in the middle for fun plinking around if that makes sense lol

On a side note, It'd be nice if the powder will work with the Lee Perfect Powder Measure, which i hear is not too accurate when it comes to certain powders like Unique, the small flake type powder. What powder measures do you guys use with Unique?
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Old 05-23-2011, 9:49 PM
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The hottest load I find using Unique and a lead 250 bullet is using 8.5grns of Unique. I use the same rifle for Cowboy Action Shooting but my load for that is 5.5grns of Trail Boss with a 205grn cast bullet. It is light. I have no experiance with the Lee powder measure so I cant comment on that. Here is another good source. >> http://www.reloadammo.com/45cload.htm
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:19 PM
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I also used Unique. I've used lead cast bullets and also jacketed mostly 250gr possibly some 230gr? I prefer the jacketed but everyone says dont bother, just use cheap lead and clean harder. They produce negligible recoil in my 1894 cowboy, almost not enough. I also shoot em out of my Vaquero, and the manual I have says hotter loads are fine for Vaqueros and that one shot target pistol the Thompson center Contender, so I always maxed what I found written, but no need to experiment until enough experience to be comfortable with it.

But then I just bought 1000 rounds for $420 from tncartridge.com
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Must not have that many rifle 45 colt guys or something lol
Any powder recommendations for something a little more powerful than the standard "cowboy load"?
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I'm in the same boat...about to load my first batch...I'm actually shooting cowboy loads so am looking at a load using trail boss powder. I came across this website, same problem with the rifle pistol issue, the load data is specified for pistol.

http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

I think the 45 colt has a long history of being a versatile round, I plan on using my rounds in both pistol and rifle obviously.

In my case was planning on just over the 5.5 grain minimum load using trail boss (for a 200grain bullet)...why not do some test rounds like ten rounds each with a few different loads and check out the results at the range.
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...why not do some test rounds like ten rounds each with a few different loads and check out the results at the range.
Thats probably what ill end up doing. Im still thinking about starting off with 9 grains of Unique, its just a little hotter than the typical CB load. The decision im trying to make now is if i should get a fast burning powder like Unique and W231 or should i get a slower burning powder like H110 and 2400. The latter being better for mid range to crazy hot loads, so ive read. Its just the 45 colt is such a versatile round, you can taylor it to do whatever you want. Theres sooo many powder/load options with this round, makes my head spin haha
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i wouldn't be making any .45 colt cartridges that i would regret shooting in a revolver

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