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09-29-2011, 14:55
based upon reading another thread which talked about Trail Boss and the 45 auto load...

I went to the mfg web site, got the formula and loaded some up last night. Used 230gr LRN and used mid-point powder load between their reco'd min and max amount of powder.

Shot 50 of them at the range today with no issues.

I don't remember the smell being so strong with my .38 Spl snow flake loads, but there is a distinct odor with the .45

In summary, they went bang, cycled the gun well, and were accurate for my purposes.

09-29-2011, 15:52
Just never compress Trail Boss.

09-29-2011, 17:18
Good to know, but IMO, the point of TB is to fill a large case when shooting light lead loads. The 45acp doesn't need it, but it proves you can get any powder to work in any cartridge.

Zombie Steve
09-29-2011, 18:18
Fairly fast burning. I wouldn't push it too hard, but it doesn't surprise me it works for light loads.

09-30-2011, 09:41
Yeah, strong ammonia smell with TB. I was shooting it in my '73 (38-40) at a Wild Bunch competition last week and noticed that smell every time it got to the rifle. Burns very clean, however.

I am with others here who suggest TB is not the best choice for .45 acp. Also, it's not the least expensive by a wide margin.

10-02-2011, 10:19
Agree with all the comments and appreciate the advice.
Probably won't do this again as I'm a Bullseye and 231 guy for my 45 Auto. [no offense to the Unique people]

It's in my back pocket for a rainy day, like a few years ago, when there was no Bullseye and 231 on the shelf.

10-06-2011, 09:28
A felow shooter uses 3.5 gr. Trail Boss with a 230 gr. lead bullet in his old Colt Gold Cup with a 10 lb recoil spring. I swear you can almost see the bullet travelling to the target. It's a great load for steel challenge, very mild and accurate.