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Old June 23, 2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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400 grain .454 Casull from a Snub-nose revolver---RESULTS/EXPERIENCE??

Has anybody fired a 400 grain, .454 Casull bullet moving at 1125 FPS from a 2 1/2" barreled the Ruger Alaskan, for example? What was your experience? Would you consider it reasonable to manage? Etc.

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Old June 23, 2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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Not quite that heavy but, have shot a 350 gr. SWC about 1000 fps out of my Alaskan. I would not call it unpleasant but, you know you sent a large hunk of lead down range. It is very accurate at 25 yrds for a 2.5 barrel (2" group) for me anyway.
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Old June 23, 2011, 10:36 AM   #3
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The really heavy bullets work better in the Alaskan if you use a .480 Ruger.

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Old June 23, 2011, 09:00 PM   #4
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SS - I can contribute here. I have an abundance of 405gr .458 hardcasts I used to shoot in my 45-70 TC. Sold the TC and have no real use for 600 bullets. I bought two Lee sizers to incrementally size them down to .453. I then worked up loads that max out at a chronographed 1050fps. They shoot about 6 inch groups at 25yds from my .454 Alaskan and pass all the way through the largest hogs in these north Florida swamps. The problem is that either the short barrel or the slow twist (or both) cannot stabilize the long bullet. On paper about 75% of the rounds are total keyholes at 15yds. (The sectional density must have really made am impact on that hog) Compared to my hot 300gr XTP loads and the factory Hornady loads the recoil on these .405gr loads is not severe. It may be that there is room for more velocity but I don't have the data to to be sure. Since some of them don't keyhole it may be that another 100fps might be enough to stabilize them all. Not sure if I will pursue that or not.
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Old June 24, 2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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Heaviest I went on my Alaskan before I sold it was 325grain Corbon factory loads.
I had no chronograph at the time so I can't say the muzzle velocity.

It was not painful, but it was quite violent, but then, I think the heavier rounds are less snappy? Or is that a moot point on big bore magnums? Either way it is not something that *I* could easily "manage", if by manage you mean put 6 shots into a bear moving towards you in a hurry. But it sure beats a stick! Probably just need to connect with one of them to save yourself.

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