Small quantity (90 rounds) Set-Up on the T7 with Dillon Dies and Powder Measure. Trying the Dillon Powder Measure dispensing Trail Boss. 125 grain Flat Point with 4.1 grains of Trail Boss.Dillon 38/357 Pistol Die Set: Re-Size/De-Prime, Powder Measure with included Flaring funnel, Bullet Seating then Crimp. T7 Primer seating,after Pocket cleaning.This turned out to be a nice set-up: Dillon Die Set on the Redding T7. The powder measure was flawless in drop and the dual return springs (old style) worked a treat. Good case fill and light crimp. All done, rounds ready for a test drive .. probably Monday.
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Friday, 27 January 2017
12 rounds of 45 Colt charged with: 8.3 grains of Accurate Arms No.5 (standard loading) fired as benchmark.
1 Round of Trail Boss charged fired - check… all good
11 Rounds charged with 6.1 grains of Trail Boss .. first rate.
Cartridge Cases: Clean, No pressure signs at primer, No excessive smoke.
1 Round, with Case Wad and Filler fired .. No appreciable improvement over standard Trail Boss loading . (Fiber/Paper Wad .. Dryer Lint Filler)
Thursday, 5 January 2017
As in rugby, the first XV are ready for trials .. Trail Boss is a “new” powder for me, so best we Fire Test these re-loads before proceeding with more.
Seating and Crimping was very consistent, testament to the: Lee seating & Lee Crimp dies as set in the T7 (very sturdy press) Setting and Adjusting these Lee Deluxe dies is a tad easier than the Dillon pistol dies. That said, both perform well when set.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
To better indicate when Lee Auto Drum Measure is set to: “OPEN FLOW” I added a RED mark on the casting inline with the hopper screw.
Note position of Powder Metering Screw; quite extended for just 6.0 grains of powder.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
9 oz of Trail Boss Powder: $21.95 at local gun store: Fowler’s Gun Room: 358 South Tustin Ave. Orange, CA. … Exit Chapman off the 55, south on Tustin.
As an alternate: Vihtavuori “Tin Star” Powder Valley, offer 1lb for $33.65 https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
The Auto-Drum Powder Measure by Lee, has received a number of favorable user reviews. I have opted to add one to my T7 press and try it dispense IMR Trail Boss into 45 Colt cases. E-Bay price: $44.98-No delivery fee. .. Midway $32.99-39.88 delivered. I bought from e-bay.