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Well guess I am going to try loading some 300 Grain Magnus Hardcast bullet to shoot in my 454 . Should I run these the same loads as my jacketed bullets . I would like to have them shoot similar to my hunting loads. Just thought it would be a little less expensive to practice with.The price of the bullet is a whole lot different anyway!Any advice or experiences would be appreciated.
 

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Comparing the price of Cast Performance hard cast bullets to Hornady XTP Mag bullets, you'll find no difference at all. If you just want something to plink with, the soft lead bullets are noticably less expensive but must be shot MUCH slower.
Cast or jacketed - your choice
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Leadheads

Leadheads bullet website has a good variety of gas checked bullets at reasonable prices and they are good bullets.

In the 454 above about 1400fps you may start to get some leading with plain base cast
 

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I don't think I'd shoot those non-gas-checked bullets in a 454 for full-power loads. They ought to be fine for light practice loads. There are gas checked bullets on the market, like Cast Performance, but they are not cheaper than jacketed bullets.
 

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other than price

what is the advantage of using cast bullets and smaller powder charges if you hunt with a full house load?
Every time I have done this I must resight the firearm and the recoil is not the same.
Then after p[linking loads I must resight the gun again before hunting and the recoil is more severe(454).
I like to practice and Plink with another weapon and leave my SRH sighted for the full house loads.
Point of impact is always different.
your opinions?
tom
 

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Ive ran pb cast bullets up to 1500fps without any troubles the trick is to size to the proper dimentions and use the proper alloy (not allways the hardest)
WildBill said:
Well guess I am going to try loading some 300 Grain Magnus Hardcast bullet to shoot in my 454 . Should I run these the same loads as my jacketed bullets . I would like to have them shoot similar to my hunting loads. Just thought it would be a little less expensive to practice with.The price of the bullet is a whole lot different anyway!Any advice or experiences would be appreciated.
 

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I agree with Thomas about changing loads and bullet weights to make a gun more shootable for plinking. What I like to do, and it’s an excuse to add another gun to the arsenal :grin: , is to have another gun with a similar style frame and grip in a caliber such as a 22lr or 38 special. You can get lots of good practice at the fraction of the cost and completely take away the chances of developing a flinch due to a steady diet of the big boomers. We buy these big boys, in reality most of us need know where near the amount of oompth these guns can generate. Speaking for myself, I don’t continually shoot large amounts of full throttle loads through my big guns. The full throttle loads, for me, are kind of like spices for food. Use them in moderation and they enhance the enjoyment of your meal. Over do it… and well… you spoil the event all together. :(

Enjoy your shooting,

Scott
 
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