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Just got some bullets in from Beartooth. Put some loads together. Some are a bit hot. I have a Rossi Puma '92. Information I have is that this gun will take a pretty good load. Not sure if these loads really exceed the published data, because I got the 340 gr from an article, not from published data. I had no troubles, and no indications of over pressure.

Shooting from a 20" octagonal barrel. 50 degrees outside. Club chrono at about 10-12 ft from the muzzle.

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340 gr. Beartooth Bullets LFNGC
15 gr 2400
OAL 1.655

1117
1105
1105
1078
1072
1087
1088
1096
1120
1096


340 gr. Beartooth Bullets LFNGC
17.5 gr 2400
OAL 1.655

1295
1280
1291
1292
1265
1291
1279
1257
1264
1284


300 gr Beartooth Bullets LFNGC
17,5 gr 2400

1261
1240
1230
1271
1208
1211
1202
1227
1253
1269

300 gr Beartooth Bullets LFNGC
15.5 gr 2400

1001
1050
1053
1013
1018

300 gr Beartooth Bullets LFNGC
12.5 gr

792
793
796
761
789


300 gr Beartooth Bullets WFNPB
17.5 gr 2400

1318
1305
1298
1314
1301

300 gr Beartooth Bullets WFNPB
15.5 gr 2400

1149
1100
1155
1172
1214

300 gr Beartooth Bullets WFNPB
12.5 gr 2400

916
905
894
920
959



250 gr T&B LRNFP
17.5 gr 2400

1216
1257
1311
1249
1294
1283
1244
1299
1198
1229
1198

250 gr T&B LRNFP
6.3 gr Red Dot

962
983
980
1002
990
998
991
 

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Your loads do not seem excessive for the rifle you are using.
Take a look at the thread below. It was started by Marlin Collector and John Kort lent his expertise to the problem of heavy bullet loads for the 45 Colt rifle.
There is some pressure information here but it requires some slogging through the early posts to get there.
I suggest switching to a bit slower powder such as Winchester 296, Hodgdon 110 or Lil’ Gun. For the lighter bullets of around 255 grains Alliant 2400 is a good powder but I believe you will be happier with a slower powder.
Keep us posted on your shooting as it is interesting. Is that rifle pushing you around a bit with the heavier bullets? The light Trapper pushed me all over the bench with heavy bullets.

http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=22882
 

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I'm sure I'll try some other powders. Had most of a pound of the 2400 on hand. Meters well. I had my shoulder pad on and a thick padded leather jacket, so recoil wasn't bad. The 20" octagonal barrel hold things down as well.
 

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Suburban Deer load

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Your 300 gr Beartooth Bullets WFNPB 12.5 gr 2400 @ about 925 fps looks like it would make a good quiet suburban deer load.
 

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I'm semi-rural so I'd go a bit hotter, but I'd sure shoot one with that if I needed to. I'd probably hunt the 300 gr with the 17.5 at this point.
 

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As luck would have it I ran into a bottle of 4227 today and put a few full charge loads together. Won't get to the range until this weekend.
 
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