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    Question Cowboy loads

    I recently picked up a box of .38 spl "cowboy loads", and when I shot it, it was quite a bit smokier than the regular round. In the thread about mixing powders there's mention of some blackpowder shooters using a tiny amount of smokeless to improve ignition. Is a small amount of BP loaded into the cowboy loads to make them smoky, or are there now special "cowboy powders" that do this?
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    Pretty much any smokeless powder will be dirty and smokey if you underload it (which "cowboy" ammo usually is.) Also, most of the smoke is probably from the bullet lube anyway. Did they have lead bullets and your usual loads have jacketed?
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    They may have actually been loaded with the Holy Black. Should have said somewhere on the box if that is true. Otherwise, the smoke is just the lube like zx said.

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    If you dont like smoke, use VihtaVuori N-32C "Tin Star"-powder. It is made for "cowboy shooting"- reloadings.

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    I hear you KI.W., but I can't find any to try here in the US. I have called distributers and all they say is "maybe next time some powder comes in" So far, no luck.

    Pretty much any smokeless powder will be dirty and smokey if you underload it (which "cowboy" ammo usually is.) Also, most of the smoke is probably from the bullet lube anyway.
    Yep, although some powders do a bit better than others burning clean and smoke free at real low pressures.
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    IMR Trail Boss is pretty smoky in a .45 Colt. Great stuff for light loads though because a guy would have to either be asleep or a total idiot to get a double charge with it.

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    I am so sorry Mr Walkalong. Hope to You better luck.
    Yesterday I was shooting "Cowboy"-loads with my T/C Contender .357 Rem Max 14" barrel with new rubberforearm, using Archipelago copperplated resitzed 180 gr bullets and 7,7gr N-32C "Tin Star". Oal 1,97"
    My is pistolscope 4xfixed Redfield Golden Five Star. Groups 3/8" -50
    metre and 7/8 -100 metre. Cases was very clean.
    Nex time I shall to use Hornady HP XTP very accurate bullets, carbine stock and 3-9x40 riflescope.

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    Walkalong: The N32C-4 powder is available in the US, but you have to order it online, which exposes you to the dreaded hazmat charge ($38 per shipment). Personally, I buy all my powder and primers from a local retail outlet. He pays the hazmat fee on a much larger shipment. - CW

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