Re: 458 socom or 450 bushmaster
I went through this same thought process about a year ago and decided on a 450 bushmaster.
There were several reasons, Price, velocity/Trajectory and energy.
For a compairson I used the lightest bullet offered to make a Apples to apples compairson
(That will give the best trajectory and in most cases the highest energys in an AR platform).
450 Bushmaster= 2200 ft/sec MV. 2686 ft/lbs energy @ $30.00 a box.
458 Socom = 1835 ft/sec MV. 2243 ft/lbs energy @ $58.00 a box.
50 Beowulf = 1880 ft/sec MV. 1880 ft/lbs energy @ $28.00 a box.
Note Both the 458 Socom and the Beowulf use special brass and the 450 Bushmaster brass
is very reasonable and can also be made out of 284 Winchester brass in the event you cant
find the 450 brass.
The only thing that came close or slightly bested the 450 was the beowulf with 400 grain bullets
by les than 200 ft/lbs but the trajectory is terrible and this load is for close range.
There is a fare amount of recoil with all of these rounds with the AR platform.
There are similarities in all three but I liked the all round advantages of the Bushmaster.
Just my choice.
J E CUSTOM