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458 socom or 450 bushmaster

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Unread 01-27-2012, 06:34 PM
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Re: 458 socom or 450 bushmaster

Originally Posted by ROBSTER View Post
Bob j,Doubledown thanks for your input it will help.

JE, I like the 450 bushmaster info compared to the beowulf and socom.What does the 450 use for bullets .451 or .452 or doesn`t it make a difference?
What is better the gas operated or piston? Does anyone make custom 450 uppers I seem to only find them from bushmaster.
Thanks again every one for your input,Robster
The 450 bushmaster uses a 452 Diameter 250 grain in the Hornady ammo and 260 in Remingtons

I don't know if anyone is making the piston version in a 450 Bushmaster but if they are I feel
they operate cleaner and foul less than the gas operated versions.

Bushmaster and Hornady teamed up to build the Bushmaster,that is why you will have no
problem finding the 450 in a Bushmaster upper.

It is special built for the round and even has the gas block relocated for the Hornadys port

Mine is very accurate on a Rock River lower with the longer barrel (They come in a short
version and a long version) and will stay under 1 MOA to 250 yards and just over 1 MOA at
300 yards.

Drop is about half of the other two at this distance. Ballistics of the 250 grain bullets are not
very good for distance beyond 300 yards so I limit myself to 200 to 250 yards.

It is a hammer on Hogs and lots of fun with 10 rounds at hand for a family of pigs.

If you intend to reload, the pistol leverevolution .452 diameter bullet is the one to use.

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Unread 01-28-2012, 06:22 PM
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Re: 458 socom or 450 bushmaster

JE ,Thanks for the info the longer barrel version sounds good.Reloading is the only way to go but it is nice that you can find factory ammo.I too was looking at the rock river lower just for a change my others are colt.
thanks again ,robster

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Unread 02-01-2012, 05:10 PM
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Re: 458 socom or 450 bushmaster

I have the 16 inch 450 bushmaster upper. Mine shoots just under MOA at 100 yards on my DMPS lower with a plain ol' trigger and topped with my 2-7 leupold turkey scope. I am very happy with it.

I did a little math... reloading costs with new brass using the same FTX bullet and 'lil gun powder is the same as buying the factory loads... now that cost obviously goes down once you re-use the brass. What I did was just buy a bunch of factory ammo and shot it... then... started to reload. I also loaded up some with Hornady's 300gr XTP-mag bullets and 'lil gun and those shoot great as well. A bunch of guys that have these load up 230gr ball .45 bullets for plinking and have great results with those. Hornady's dies are pretty good. They come with a taper crimp die because the cartridge headspaces off of the case mouth. There is a ton of great info over on 450bushmaster.net if you are interested in reading more about it.

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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:32 PM
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Re: 458 socom or 450 bushmaster

450 Busmaster is less expensive and much easier to find. I love mine and for $1100 you can't beat it for a true bush gun with all the knockdown power you'll every need. Mine will shoot sub MOA at 200 yards and less.

Get ready for a kick which ever one you get.
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