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    Reloading 255 gr. lead bullets in .45 Long Colt

    I've got 50 ready to be charged. I have 255 gr Hornandy lead cowboy bullets. The Powders I have available are Unique and Power Pistol. Both manuels agree that Unique seems to be the more effective for his round. My Hornandy 7th manuel says the MAXIMUM Unique load is 7.0 grains. My Speer Manuel #14 for the same lead bullet weight (different bullet configuration hardcast) says the STARTING LOAD for Unique is 7.7 grains and the maximum is 8.5.

    Is it safe to use the loading data from the Speer manuel?

    The gun I will generally be using is a Uberti Schofield 7 inch in .45 Long Colt

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    Roll Tide Roll whbonney26's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug.38PR View Post
    I've got 50 ready to be charged. I have 255 gr Hornandy lead cowboy bullets. The Powders I have available are Unique and Power Pistol. Both manuels agree that Unique seems to be the more effective for his round. My Hornandy 7th manuel says the MAXIMUM Unique load is 7.0 grains. My Speer Manuel #14 for the same lead bullet weight (different bullet configuration hardcast) says the STARTING LOAD for Unique is 7.7 grains and the maximum is 8.5.

    Is it safe to use the loading data from the Speer manuel?

    The gun I will generally be using is a Uberti Schofield 7 inch in .45 Long Colt

    There is really no reason to use a MAX load in the Schofield so you might want to use something in the middle to reach about 800fps

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    one quarter civilized Pale Horse's Avatar
    http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloade...id=67&bdid=204

    From Alliant powder, for a 250gr lead bullet. That said, for a Schofield, I'd stay in the 7.5-8 range.
    Last edited by Pale Horse; November 15th, 2011 at 01:21 PM.

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    Did I mention that this is a modern made Uberti Schofield that, to my understanding, has a beefier open top mechanism?

    I don't plan on putting super hot rod .45 Long Colt through this every day, just some max loads for woods carry and easy loads for shooting.

    I'd ust like to know if the Speer manuel info is safe

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    Roll Tide Roll whbonney26's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug.38PR View Post
    Did I mention that this is a modern made Uberti Schofield that, to my understanding, has a beefier open top mechanism?

    I don't plan on putting super hot rod .45 Long Colt through this every day, just some max loads for woods carry and easy loads for shooting.

    I'd ust like to know if the Speer manuel info is safe
    I was not questioning the strength of the Uberti. I have had a pair of Schofields. I was just meaning that there is really no real reason to hotrod the gun. I use a Speers manual and have never had a problem with their loads.....even their max loads.

    That said.....since you are using a Hornady bullet why not go with Hornady's load data?

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    Monolithic Mentor hunter5567's Avatar
    I'd use no more than 8gr. The cowboy bullets are probably soft lead and you don't want to lead up the bore. 7grs is probably a better load and you can increase it a little to see what is more accurate.
    I know a guy that shot a deer during opening weekend up north using a Taurus Circuit Judge rifle and the Federal 225gr HP factory loads. It seemed to do the trick even though that rifle is not that accurate especially with the long freebore in the 410 sized chamber.
    I think he shot it around 25 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whbonney26 View Post
    That said.....since you are using a Hornady bullet why not go with Hornady's load data?
    Because they are so weak compared the the speer loading data

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    Roll Tide Roll whbonney26's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug.38PR View Post
    Because they are so weak compared the the speer loading data
    Well the Speer should be safe....or they would not put it in there. Let us know how it turns out.

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    well, I'm just wondering: is there something about the speer bullet that's different from the Hornandy bullet that I'm not realizing?

    Both appear to be lead. One is listed as hardcast SWC, the other is listed as lead "cowboy" but they both are lead based and of same bullet weight.
    I don't want to cause a pressure problem that will damage my gun...or my person

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    I went ahead and loaded a box of 50 with 6.8 grains of Unique.

    I also loaded an additional round with the same AND a 200 gr LSWC Speer round with 8.5 grains of Unique. Took both rounds out and put them both through my Uberti Schofield....I was surprised. I didn't feel one bit of difference. Even though the Speer round was a slightly lighter bullet, it still had a good deal more of powder behind it, but I couldn't feel any difference.

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    Monolithic Mentor hunter5567's Avatar
    a hardcast bullet can be driven faster than a cowboy soft lead bullet.

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