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BulletPowder WeightPowderVelocityOALPrimerSource
32 ACP
60gr JHP
3.6 grPower Pistol Unknown CCI SP guest
Load is from Speer No. 13 manual. Bullet: Speer Gold Dot hollow point. Pistols: Kel Tec P32 and NAA Defender. Two-handed accuracy was fair - all rounds printed in the black at 7 yards on NRA 25yd slow-fire pistol target ... not bad for one pistol with only a hint of fixed sights and one with no sights at all! Recoil was quite tame with either pistol. No excess pressure signs on primer or cartridge case. A pleasant load for practice, but I’ll stick to factory loads (Winchester Silver Tip HP) in both guns for packin’ around CCW style. This load was safe in both of my .32’s. Try it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
32 ACP
85gr JHP
2.8 grPower Pistol Unknown CCI SP guest
Bullet: Hornady XTPHP. Pistol: Kel Tec P32 and NAA Guardian. Accuracy was acceptable at 7 yards with or without sights - most shots were well within the black, several in the 10-ring. Feeding and extractin/ejection were flawless. Recoil was more noticeable - the load seemed more authoritative than the 60-grain bullet, but neither was tested for expansion or penetration. These data were derived through mathematical comparison ratios of powder to bullet weight and worked up with considerable caution. This load was safe and gave no excess pressure signs in the pistols used. Try it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
44 Special
200gr FMJ
5.4 grTite Group Unknown1.42" CCI LP guest
Bullet is Berry’s Mfg 200 grain TMJ-TC. Fired from Charter Arms Bulldog Target (4-inch barrel) with wood stocks. Recoil borders on downright pleasant. Three shot groups average well under one inch at 25 yards from sandbag rest, printing 1.5 inches below point of aim. No signs of excess pressure. Overall, an enjoyable load to shoot in this lightweight .44.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
45 Colt
200gr LFP
50.0 grTriple-7 45/50 Unknown Win LP guest
Lots of nostalgic smoke (like black powder), 1.5 inch offhand groups at 25 yards, no excess pressure signs, fairly clean brass (similar to smokeless), appropriate recoil. Overpowder wad not needed as bullet touches top of pellet when loaded. Fired from stainless 4.5-inch Taurus Gaucho. Easy cleanup, no barrel leading.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
45 Colt
250gr BTHP
6.2 grTite Group Unknown1.6" LP guest
Finally, the load I’ve been after for my Cimarron 1873 Artillery Model! Recoil is firm but not unpleasant. More importantly, the load produced a 20-yard, 3-shot group breaking the 10 ring on a 25-yard slow fire pistol target that can be covered by quarter. Shooting was done from a strong-hand, point-shoulder stance. This load proved safe in my Cimarron, and was worked up from lesser charges of Tite Group. It gave no excess pressure signs. Try it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
45 Colt
250gr LFP
6.5 grRed Dot 827 fps1.60" CCI LP guest
Velocity average of 5 shots over Oehler 23C chronograph. Ruger Blackhawk, 4.75-inch barrel. Very pleasant to shoot, yet feels like a grownup load. This load was safe in my gun. The data is offered for information only - try it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
45 Colt
250gr LFP
9.5 grUnique 1,049 fps1.60" CCI SP guest
Velocity average of 5 shots over Oehler 23C chronograph. This load was safe in my Ruger Blackhawk, 7.5-inch barrel. I have shot it in my Cimarron SAA Artillery replica (5.5-inch barrel) and it has been safe, with no excess pressure signs on primer or case (but is a stout load none the less and leaves lead in the barrel). This data is for information only. I worked it up carefully in the gun listed. Use it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 
45 Schofield
250gr LFP
4.5 gr231 Unknown CCI LP guest
Oregon Trail Laser Cast bullets, fired from Cimarron 1872 Colt Open Top replica. Light recoil, shoots to point of aim at 25 yards with groups averaging about 1 inch. Very pleasant to shoot, should be good CAS load for this caliber or for small game at a reasonable distance. No pressure signs, no barrel leading, smoky brass. This load was safe in the revolver it was fired from. Try it at your own risk.

Email author: silver_city_slim 

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