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Trail Boss in SD loads for women shooters

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by 509survivor, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. 509survivor

    509survivor Eastern Washington Member

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    I was talking to a buddy this morning and he was telling me his wife likes his M&P 40, but the round was a little too much for her to shoot accurately.
    I have loaded some 38 special with IMR Trail Boss. What I found with Trail Boss was less recoil and report, accurate shooting with a lower velocity. I have only loaded lead SWC projectiles with Trail Boss.
    I shared my experiences loading this powder with my friend. We both wondered if it would be a good powder to use in self defense rounds for his wife. I looked and didn't find any loads for anything but cowboy rounds for Trail Boss and was wondering if anyone had experimented with it in a semi-auto weapon. My skepticism comes in wondering if you would get enough blowback to properly operate a semi-auto.
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    You could always try it. A good .45acp 1911 will function with black powder.. until it fouls.
     
  3. 509survivor

    509survivor Eastern Washington Member

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    So I finally tried this and the results were impressive. I loaded small primer 45 acp cartridges with 5.8 grains of Trail Boss, using a 230 grain jacketed round nose projectile. I didn't have any JHP at the time and wanted to simulate them as much as possible. I fired these purposely without hearing protection. They fired in my Springfield ultra-compact 1911 flawlessly. I don't have a chronograph so I can't tell you projectile speed, but it seemed to be sufficient. I will be loading some JHP soon, hell I may even use them for SD.