Originally Posted by crabpot
I am looking at using my raging bull 454 casull for long range hunting. i am looking at hunting caribou, black bear and brown bear. anybody have any advise on maximum effective range? just want to try something more challenging.
Now that we're on the topic of long range hunting with the .454 Casull cartridge.
I'm going to develop a hand load for my Rossi Puma .454 (mod 92 knockoff) with the Hornady 250 grain FTX bullet (designed for 450 Bushmaster).
The .454 rifle velocities with the 250 grain bullet will be in about the same ball park as those of the Bushmaster round (2100-2200 fps).
The 250 grain FTX doesn't have a cannelure but considering the bullet will be seated almost to the start of the ogive there should be enough grip area so a crimp is not needed.
Other factors are that the flex tips will act as recoil shock absorbers and the bullet will be sitting on the powder.
Maybe the controversial Lee Factory Crimp die might be of some use here as Lee claims it doesn't need a cannelure to crimp a bullet in place ( I am somewhat skeptical but am open minded).
If I'm successful the pointed FTX load might bump the effective hunting range of my Rossi Puma up to 250+ yards.
Two possible problems???......to much cartridge COAL to cycle properly & still load enough powder to generate effective velocities, bullet flight stabilization with the slow twist rate of the Rossi rifle.
Might need to use .45 LC cases??
As always a watchful eye must be kept on pressure signs when case volume is severely limited by a deep seated bullet.
Anybody tried this yet?
Thoughts, suggestions & opinions.