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Old October 16, 2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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.454 Casull in a rifle for hunting

Ok, I've got several guns on my "wish list" right now, and one that I'd like is a hunting lever action. I'd been thinking a 45-70, but I currently own a SRH in 454. Looking at the Double Tap site, they claim 1,966fps out of a 20" Puma w/a 335 grain bullet and 2,085fps w/ a 300 grain. The energy on these loads is around 2,700-2,800 ft lbs.

So that got me thinking, this is not THAT far off a milder load 45-70. I know 45-70's can get up to 3,500ft lbs on hotter loads, but it would be kinda cool to have a handgun/lever gun combo. So my question is this, up to what size/type of game would you be comfortable hunting with this set up? Obviously none of the shots would be over 100yds.
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Old October 16, 2007, 02:39 PM   #2
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Providing it shoots accurately, I would hunt anything that comes within 150 yds with that rifle.
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Old October 16, 2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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That load will be plenty for any game on this contenant, and yes, that includes grizzleys. With hard cast bullets, that gun has taken every animal in Africa, although I wouldn't use it on elephants or cape buffalos etc.
But for deer, elk, moose, and bear, with the right loads, it is plenty tough. I also like the Puma in 454 because when not hunting bear or moose, you can shoot your 45 colt loads, which are much more fun to shoot.
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Old October 17, 2007, 01:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. That's kinda what I was thinking, but I wanted to ask ppl who knew better than me. I don't plan on any mammoth sized hunts, and if I was to go on one, surely a gun would be bought specially for that. I really liked the idea of this set up, and it appears to be affordably priced as well. There are so many 270's, 30-06's, 308's etc. out there, I just thought this would be a unique and fun alternative.
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