Cowboy Action Loads

December 16, 2013

Ever thought about getting into Cowboy Action shooting? Hodgdon Powder is committed to the Cowboy Action game by providing the widest variety of pistol, rifle and shotshell data in the industry.

There are over 25 cartridges shown (including everything from the .25-20 Winchester, .32-20 Winchester, .38 Long Colt, .44-40 WCF, .44 Russian, .45 Long Colt, .30-30 Winchester, .45-70 Government, to the .50-140 Sharps) and hundreds of recipes especially suited for low velocity lead bullet rifle and pistol loads. Hodgdon also features cowboy shotshell loads with Triple Seven┬« and Pyrodex┬« powders. 

Hodgdon did find that there are a few things to keep in mind associated with the performance levels required for this sport:

  1. We are asking the cartridge/powder combinations to do things which were never intended in their original design
  2. No single propellant works best for ALL cartridges
  3. Clean loads result from fast burning powder with lower loading densities; better loading density is achieved with slower powders, but they are not as clean

Velocities for all cartridges listed are limited by the SAAMI maximum allowable pressures. Minimum loads are established by pressure.