Author Topic: Vihtavuori Tin Star  (Read 6209 times)

Offline PJ Hardtack

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2019, 11:27:28 am »
What's a .45 Colt load with Tin Star?
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Offline Ruts

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2019, 06:22:36 pm »
I put 7.5 gr. In 44 40 for 1050 FPS in my marlin 24 inch barrel

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2019, 09:36:33 pm »
I am not sure about loading a powder i cannot pronounce or spell really.
Having said that if it is not called FFg or FFFg I have absolutely no interest in it.
It is just another one of those fad powder that will not last. Only the one true GUN POWDER has stood the test of time.
Seen any Hivel 2  lately?
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Offline Gabriel Law

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2019, 12:17:27 pm »
Here's what RH VanDenburg had to say in Handloader 288...

38 spl -                   150 gr. bullet - 5.0 gr. TS -  847 fps
44-40 Winchester -  200 gr.   "      - 7.5 gr. TS -  793  "
44 Russian -            250 gr.   "      - 4.5 gr. TS -  751  "
45 Colt -                 250 gr.   "      - 8.3 gr. TS -  842  "
45-70 -                   300 gr.   "      - 16.0 gr. TS -1295 "
                              400 gr.  "       - 15.0 gr. TS - 1119 "

When I first bought Tin Star, I guessed at a load for .45 Colt, and shot 7.3 gr. TS with 200 gr. RNFP bullets out of my 5 1/2" Pietta SAA's, giving me 640 fps.  This was a very pleasant load to shoot, and shot to the revolver's sights at 25 yards.

I loaded 8.5 gr. and a 250 gr. RNFP in my Colt Lightning (Pedersoli) giving me 1033 fps and almost no blowback, and shoots to the sights at Cowboy distances.

I much prefer Tin Star to Trail Boss for shooting and reloading qualities.  Shoots cleaner, too, IIRC.

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2019, 06:37:49 pm »
I was gifted with a lb. of "Tin Star" but haven't loaded any of it to date.

"Handloader" magazine recommended the following:

44-40 - 7.5 with 200 gr for 793 fps

.45 Colt - 8.3 with 250 gr for 842 fps

.38 Spl. - 5.0 with 150 gr for 847 fps

.44 Spl. - 6.3 gr with 250 for 768 fps

Looks to me like you could go a little either way just fine.


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Offline Bryan Austin

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Re: Vihtavuori Tin Star
« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2019, 11:11:55 am »
If it don't go where you aim it that load ain't worth a plugged Mexican peso

Gee that felt good!

I can live with that

I agree but if you can hit what you are aiming at and do so at original velocities.........





..........."Gee that felt good"

Seriously, I have been checking in on this powder from time to time to see if they ever published a load for the 44-40. Funny thing is that they mention the 44-40 directly as one of the cartridge it was used for. https://www.vihtavuori.com/powders/tis-star-powder/