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CAS TOPICS => NCOWS => Topic started by: medic15al on July 06, 2020, 06:21:57 PM

Title: Loads
Post by: medic15al on July 06, 2020, 06:21:57 PM
I'm invited to an NCOWS shoot (Informal) and a Q popped up in my head, Are there load limits in NCOWS velocity wise? I'm shooting Black powder 45 Colt.
Title: Re: Loads
Post by: Abilene on July 06, 2020, 07:14:12 PM
Howdy Medic,
Disclaimer: I am not a member (yet).  But the rules are all at

All I see about load limits is:

"No squib or magnum velocity loads. No jacketed bullets, only cast lead alloy only bullets. Shot is to be lead only, and no larger than #7 1/2’s. Only cartridges and velocities approved in The Tally Book are allowed. Shooters may be held responsible for damage caused to a target by too “hot” a load. "

And then in the Tally Book we find:

"10-2. Smokeless powder loads shall not exceed the maximum muzzle velocities of comparable black powder loads, e.g. 1500 fps for single shot cartridge rifles; 1300 fps for lever action rifles; 1000fps for handguns. Smokeless loads may be chronographed and certified by the Judge before the shooter will be allowed to compete. No loading below manufacture’s recommendation. Minimum velocity for any main match firearm is 600fps or published loading data. "

So looks to me like most BP loads should be fine, unless you are using a heavy powder charge under a lighter than normal bullet which might exceed velocity limits.
Title: Re: Loads
Post by: medic15al on July 06, 2020, 10:34:12 PM
Thanks Abilene! 

I load 250 PRS Big Lube over 40 grns of 3FG Olde Eynsford black powder.  I guess I need to back down to 35 or 30 grains as I'm clocking these loads at 1027fps out of my 5 1/2in Cimarron..
Title: Re: Loads
Post by: bear tooth billy on July 07, 2020, 07:02:22 PM
With Black powder loads you should always fill the case full. And smaller granulation
will burn faster. For 44/40 I use 2f Schuetzen NO air space