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    Default Reloading the 460 S&W Mag

    I am waiting for the brass and projectiles to get here, probably by Sat. Has anyone here ever reloaded for the 460 S&W? I have a selection of 6-8 powders to choose from in the load books, but I am wondering if anyone has any pet powders for this caliber, before I just start experimenting wildly.

    I plan on using a 325 gr wide flat nose gas check bullet, and a 300 gr semi jacketed bullet.
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    I stopped at .44mag for hand loading. My bones would probably turn to dust if I lit one of them puppies up. Just be sure you give them a good roll crimp and check that frist cylinder full for set back. Good luck and have fun.

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    296, 2400 and H110 are your best bets on .460 S&W, in my experience. I sounds as though you're using Cast Performance bullets. If so, you can start with their recommended loads and work from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Just be sure you give them a good roll crimp and check that frist cylinder full for set back.
    No set back concern, I'm using a T/C Encore 20" rifle barrel. I stopped at 44 mag in the handguns too.

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    296, 2400 and H110 are your best bets on .460 S&W, in my experience. I sounds as though you're using Cast Performance bullets. If so, you can start with their recommended loads and work from there.
    Actually, it's a Oregon Trail Trueshot bullet, but I'll sheck with Cast Performance for comparison. I already have 296 (H110 is the same powder) and might pick up some 2400 to try, it has uses elsewhere.

    One more question, since I am loading for a rifle, should I reduce loads further to start? I would thing pressures would be higher in a rifle length barrel, because there is more time for the gasses to expand before they exit. I've loaded 44 mag for rifles, but that doesn't matter as much, because the rifle actions are stronger. But the 460 is already at close to 60000 PSI, and that is high in any style gun.
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    Yes W296 and H110 load the same. 2400 is great for most large-bore handgun cartridges, especially with long barrels.

    When loading for my Marlins, I usually start about 5% below max, as opposed to the 10% below that I do for handgun. The stronger action and the greater expansion space allow that, as you note.

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    I couldn't find any 2400 around, but I got a bottle of Lil Gun, I've found a few load charts for that powder also. Plus, If I don't like it in the 460, I can try it out in the 44 Mag.
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