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Loading very heavy .460 S&W bullets

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by USPMAN, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. USPMAN

    USPMAN

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    Does anyone have any experience with reloading the .460 S&W magnum, specifically heavy cast bullets? I procured some 535 grain cast lead bullets, which I loaded over H110. They had a red wax type lube on them which rubbed off on the brass when I loaded them - is that normal? What kind of crimp do they need?
     
  2. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    What purpose were those bullets cast? I have never seen load data for a bullet that heavy in the 460. Are they rifle bullets or something?
     


  3. fredj338

    fredj338

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    You are loading lead bullets & NOT expanding the case mouth before seating. This is a mus for lead bullets or you'll shave the base & accuracy will suffer. 460, 454 or 45colt, all load the same. The wax/grease is bullet lube to help prevent leading. IMO, much over 400gr in the 460 is just adding recoil. The 340-400gr bullets will penetrate through an elephant, no need for the 500gr+ bullets. BTW, check the diameter of those bullets. They are likely sized for a rifle @ 0.459", much too large for the 460. They should be 0.452"-0.454" in dia.
     
  4. USPMAN

    USPMAN

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    These are claimed to be .452 inches (confirmed by my measuring), and cast for the .460 S&W. They are slightly longer than a loaded 45 ACP. I didn't shear any lead off, but I did scrape off some wax. As for the purpose? Pure curiosity as to what they would do against various targets. :cool:
     
  5. jayhawk1976

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    They might be effective as an anti-dinosaur round.