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Old 10-04-2009, 09:07 AM
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ROA Revisted - Trail Boss powder

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Friends...Many of you know I have been playing with a pair of Ruger Old Army revolvers and with round balls, conicals, and a Kirst cylinder.
I have loaded some 45 Colt loads for the Kirst with 7 grs Trail Boss and my 205 gr hard cast bullet. The Trail Boss fills the case well and burns very clean. This load groups in with the round ball and 37.5 grs of Black, 777, and Black Mag.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:21 PM
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Hello James -
It's been years. Still thinking of calling on you one day when I absolutely have to escape east central Florida.
About the Ruger Old Army - just today a fellow was telling me a hog hunting story involving his R.O.A. and how much fun he had showing High Power Rifle disbelievers that it could be done.
That's a gun I've often thought of owning, but never did. Went to the Ruger website and I don't see it there. When did they stop producing it?
Another question - I thought they were 44s, but they produced 45s too??
Another - I'm interested you are experimenting with Trail Boss in it. Do you think that a full load uncompressed is about the same as FFg? I have been having fun using Trail Boss in my 44 Super Blackhawk. Pretty darn accurate. Given the nature of Trail Boss, I have been seating the bullets close to the front of the cylinder to get in the most uncompressed Trail Boss possible. I'm not worried about the bullets jumping past the end of the cylinder because they shoot so mild.
Other - now that I am fitting in a bit more powder, I should find a chrony to see their speed. I guess I am getting about 950 fps with a 250 grain .432 BTB.
Shoot straight and enjoy your days.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:14 AM
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Yes, Ruger put the ROA on hold. Im pretty sure it will be back eventually. If you are still looknig, check out the classifieds at That is where I found my second one.

They do call them a .44 but the bore is .45 and they recommend a .457 round ball and the appropriate conical mold available from Lee is .456 caliber.

I just started shooting a 250 grain LRN over 5 grains of Trailboss in my R&D Conversion cylinders for them. I didn't chrono them yet but they are just too much fun to shoot with either RB or cartridges!

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:41 PM
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Some of the early ones were marked 44 but are the same revolver.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:37 PM
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Very interesting about the 44s being 45s! thanks for the info.
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