Originally Posted by Rugerdiggs
This is all together a new cartridge for me, have read a good bit on it and some say if the the bhn is above 18 no gas checks needed and some dont even lube them, i am pretty new on shooting lead cast out of magnums, any advice on this would help.
Lead bullets should either be VERY hard for anywhere near ful throttle in a 454 and/or gas checked. I personally won't run lead above 1,200 fps or so in a pistol or 2,000 fps in a rifle as it's just gonna get messy. Not lubing your bullets is a sure way to learn new lead removal methods because a brush and solvent won't be cutting it. You don't need a hard bullet for every situation but for the 454 I can't think of a situation that a soft swaged pill would be enough.
I currently don't own a 454 but have a 44 and my brother has a 460. He's shooting 405 grain lead rifle bullets swaged down to .452. I'm sure he's over 1,200 fps with it, but it's a damn hard bullet and it's his pistol so I don't have to clean the lead out of it.
I use either a 200 or 240 loafing at 1,200 fps out of my 44 with herco or true blue. If I go jacketed I swap to aa#9 and a 240 hornady.