Light loads

Ammunition, reloading, shooting, etc
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:16 pm

Light loads

Post by Lichter » Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:36 pm

I wold like to reload some light loads for my Krag. Using 165 grain Cast bullets any suggestions?

Krag 1902
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:45 pm

Re: Light loads

Post by Krag 1902 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:44 pm

8-12 grains or Unique is easy enough , produces 13-1400 fps and gives very good accuracy in my Krags. You may get all kinds of suggestions, but a pinch of Unique allows you to quit looking very soon with good results obtained.

User avatar
Posts: 562
Joined: Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:14 am
Location: NE Connecticut

Re: Light loads

Post by Parashooter » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:14 pm

Cast Bullet Basics For Military Surplus Rifles [condensed version, see full at]
By C.E. Harris Rev. 9-6-93

Cast bullet loads usually give a more useful zero at practical field ranges with military battle sights than do full power loads.

1. 125-gr., plainbased "small game/gallery"
900-1000 f.p.s., 5 grains of Bullseye or equivalent.

2. 150-gr. plainbased "100-yd. target/small game",
1050-1250 f.p.s., 7 grs. of Bullseye or equivalent.
(I use 6-7 grains of almost any fast burning pistol powder, including Bullseye, W-W231, SR-7625, Green Dot, Red Dot, or 700-X. I have also had fine results with 8 to 9 grains of medium burning rate pistol or shotgun powders, such as Unique, PB, Herco, or SR-4756 in any case of .303 British size or larger.)

3. 150-180-gr. gaschecked "200-yard target"
1500-1600 f.p.s., 16 grs. of #2400 or equivalent.
( can freely substitute 17 grains of IMR or H4227, 18 grs. of 4198, 21 grs. of Reloder 7, 24 grs. of IMR3031, or 25.5 grs. of 4895)

4. 180-200-gr. gaschecked "deer/600-yard target"
1750-1850 f.p.s., 26 grs. of RL-7 or equivalent.

None of these loads are maximum when used in full-sized rifle
cases such as the .30-40 Krag, .303 British, 7.65 Argentine, 7.7
Jap, 7.62x54R or .30-'06.

Old Soldier
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:56 pm

Re: Light loads

Post by Old Soldier » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:14 pm

I also use Unique, 10 grains. Some folks are afraid of detention with such a load. Although I've not had a problem, you could, so Trail Boss will be a good fix.give it a try.
" Should it come to war... we shall place our trust in God and our Long Rifles" Continental Congress

User avatar
Posts: 6661
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:35 pm

Re: Light loads

Post by butlersrangers » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:57 pm

IIRC - Detonations are a phenomena with reduced loads of SLOW burning rifle powders.

The likely danger (with fast pistol powders in reduced rifle loads) is accidental DOUBLE charges.

Post Reply