06 April 2021
I'm a great fan of Titegroup. And I hate using it like I hate salt on watermelon. It's destroyed at least 3 - 4 powder hoppers over the last 30yrs.
I used it Extensively in Light Cowboy loads since it came out in the early 1990's (?). Bottom end loads in both .38Spl & .44Spl. Std .38Spl bullet weight of 158grs (nominally) and 214grs in .44Spl, My Rifle was a spaghetti 1873 clone. The Kids shot SAA clones and Marlin 1894's.
I also loaded and shot at the same time .38Spl WC loads using the Hornady swaged 148gr swaged WC. I used a SA S&W M14 made in 1968 that I purchased from a retired LAPD in 1979. It had been reworked to have .358 cylinder throats and a .3575 bore. I started using Titegroup in those loads simply because it was always in the powder measure.
With the previous load of 2.7grs of Bullseye under that same 148gr WC, I averaged 1 1/2" groups a 25yds with a 2 hand hold. (Young eyes & hands, never appreciated until they're gone) Switching to Titegroup I didn't notice ANY Difference in accuracy.
But then this is the only accuracy comparison I ever made. I had no way to check ES back then. I never noticed any unburned powder in the bores. My Kids did all the Cowboy Gun cleaning and never said anything, but then I never asked either.
The .38Spl WC loads did leave a bit of unburned powder in the bore. A lot of 500 REM Match cases were kept separated for those WC loads, I used REM 1 1/2 Primers. Still using 437 of them. But then Hornady WC's not longer come in boxes of 500 anymore. And I'm just not a good enough shot anymore to warrant wasting money for bullets when I can't fully realize their accuracy potential.
That light charge of TG is probably not listed any longer either. Don't even size with a steel die anymore. Probably why I've really started to lose those cases to cracked mouths.
BOY HOWDY I really wandered all over the place in this post. Distracted by an old Joel McCrea Western.
Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.