Re: Reloading Guide
Cowboy Action Shooting is a game. You shoot against the clock. The lighter recoil, the faster you can get back on target, the better your times. Because of this, "Cowboy Loads" have come into being. They usually have a lighter than normal bullet weight for the caliber (example: 45 Colt normal bullet weight is 250 or 255. I've seen "Cowboy Loads" that have 200 or 180, and even 160 grain bullets) and extremely puny powder charges.
A "normal" 38 Special load is 158 grain bullet at around 800 fps. A typical "Cowboy Load" for 38 would be a 125 grain bullet at around 500 fps.
The other reason for the "cowboy" section is there are calibers that normal people don't shoot anymore. 32/20, 44 Russian, 38/40, 44/40, 38/55, like that. These loads can't be found in normal loading manuals. Hodgdon, however, lists them in their "Cowboy Loads".
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Last edited by Alpo; 01-02-2010 at 12:59 PM..