Before I wonder off on my 40-82 project, I wanted to verify the accuracy of this statement to myself a little better.
Whether one could make a good " load" out of any old combination as long as the process was correct.
I had 25 cases I wanted to trim and fireform so I thought that was the perfect vehicle.
Without getting into specific numbers, I sized my brass so it would fit in the Wilson trimmer.
( one has to size Norma's 45 cylinder brass to fit in any chamber)
Then trimmed it to a length I thought would still leave me a proper finished length after firing.
then expanded the neck to the proper size like I do all my fired 45 2 7/8 brass
I then took an obsolete 2F powder, a Winchester magnum primer and my cull bullets and a different wad than I normally use and put the same weight in as my normal load munched it down (.450 in this case) and finished loading, took them to the 800 yd target and shot them. Surprisingly the majority hit the target with the rest real close.
Not satisfied with one lucky test, I did it again. After verifying the proper length, and proper case mouth dia , I put a Remington primer, and the same weight as normal of an old can of Goex Cartridge, and a different wad and went out and tested it again.
Same results. The majority of the bullets hit the 800 yd target and the rest were real close.
Both days were pretty breezy and I didn't bother doing much sight adjustments.
In 50 shots I had one flyer, a target high. it was a case that I hadn't sized right to start with and it required a lot of force to chamber, and I had to drive it out with a cleaning rod after firing.
So it is my belief, if one gets the case and the bullet correct, almost any powder with a decent amount of compression will get one started. then you can work on match loads once you realize how much fun the 45 2 7/8 really is. .