Want to test-shoot a big bore mag revolver

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Want to test-shoot a big bore mag revolver

Post by kayakingsteve » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:32 pm

This may seem like a weird request, but I keep getting nipped by magnum revolver fever. The problem is I've never shot anything stouter than some moderate .44mag loadings.

I hear stories about a lot of guys buying a S&W .460, 500, Ruger .454 etc... and then deciding they hate shooting them, so they sit in the box till they sell them...

Does anyone here have a .460, 475 linebaugh, 500 Smith or anything stout they plan on shooting at the range anytime soon that I could put 20 rounds through? I'll chip in for range time and buy the ammo... Would like to try one before I invest in one...

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Post by w296 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:31 am

you would be welcome to shoot my .454 if you find yourself in the Jacksonville area
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Post by tector » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:36 am

I have a .460 if you are down this way.
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Post by Casey Birchwood » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:01 am

Bullseye range in Jacksonville has a S&W .500 mag. you can rent.

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Post by mitch96 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:07 am

I recently shot a Taurus .454 casull with a 6"bbl. Very suprised how the recoil was not that bad. Great grips softend the blow.. And it will shoot the .45 LC ammo also..

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Post by tector » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:27 am

I bought a .460 because of the ammo diversity. You can pop off some cowboy load .45LC and it will seem like a pellet gun. These are also creampuffs: http://www.underwoodammo.com/45coltlong ... f50-1.aspx

Then you can move up through various .45LC loads, .454 Casull and into .460 if you want to part your hair with each shot. Do I need it? No, it was just for shits and giggles. With the .45LC I can shoot it semi-affordably since I don't reload currently.

With a .500 you have to roll your own to (a) not mortgage the house and (b) have a load that does not always punish you. I realize it is the biggest dick in the room, but I am not a size queen. Outside of grizzly country, I can't see it. Really, a .44mag is the largest "need" revolver there is. There are some off-the-shelf loads for .44mag that will curl your short hairs (obviously you can load all kinds of insane loads):

http://www.garrettcartridges.com/44hammerheadplusp.html

http://www.underwoodammo.com/44remingto ... xof20.aspx

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l ... etail&p=54
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Post by ipagan » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:56 pm

come to apopak i got a few

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Post by kayakingsteve » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:45 am

Hey thanks for all the help and offers! Hadn't checked the forum in a little bit. I'm still mulling the problem over but it sounds like there is some good insight up there. Sounds like a good .44 load could kill anything alive today (short of a Blue Whale, and they are very slow on land so probably not worried about them) :) and the .460 gives you the most options... When I have another 1k to spend on something I'll have to put more thought into this. /:f

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Post by birdman » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:05 pm

Not to rathole this topic but this discussion about shooting different cartridges in these big bores got me to thinking, can you safely shoot .45 Auto Rim in a .45LC, .454, .460? I looked at the case dimensions & it appears the .45AutoRim has a tapered case going from .476 at the base to .472 at the mouth while the .45LC is .482 straight... Would the .45AutoRim case split with a .010 difference at the mouth?

FWIW I know you can safely shoot a .45 Schofield in a .45LC, .454 & .460 for an even lighter load (I think of the Schofield as a .45LC lite.)

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Re: Want to test-shoot a big bore mag revolver

Post by kayakingsteve » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:46 pm

I'm no reloading expert, but from what I've learned so far, if you shot something with the smaller case dimensions than the chamber, you will probably wind up fire-forming the case to part of the chamber dimensions, in this case straight wall so probably just widen the brass a bit... (if it is close enough and healthy brass) a lot of wildcat rounds are fire formed that way, starting with some parent like a .223 to form a 7mm TCU for instance

birdman wrote:Not to rathole this topic but this discussion about shooting different cartridges in these big bores got me to thinking, can you safely shoot .45 Auto Rim in a .45LC, .454, .460? I looked at the case dimensions & it appears the .45AutoRim has a tapered case going from .476 at the base to .472 at the mouth while the .45LC is .482 straight... Would the .45AutoRim case split with a .010 difference at the mouth?

FWIW I know you can safely shoot a .45 Schofield in a .45LC, .454 & .460 for an even lighter load (I think of the Schofield as a .45LC lite.)

Thanks,

Allan

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