This is lighter than what I have seen, 31.5 grs of H110, has been recommended with the 355 gr bullet has been shown in forum, I was hoping to try this soon, as well as 27 grs with the 405, in my 454 super redhawk, in case I am attacked by a T-Rex!
HI JIM, THESE ARE THE LOADS THAT I USE, JUST TO CLEAR UP SOMETHING THAT I MENTIONED ABOVE WAS THE DATA THAT WAS ON HERE IN REGARDS TO THE 345GR. LAST WEEK. ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY THAT MYSELF PERSONALLY I BELIEVE THAT 29GR/H110/W296 IS PLENTY WITH A 355GR BULLET. AND THAT 25GR H110/W296AND A 405GR IS A GOOD LOAD. IF I NEED MORE I WILL BRING OUT THE 475. PS REMEMBER WHAT IS SAFE IN ONE FIREARM MAYBE OVER MAX IN ANOTHER. START LOW AND WORK UP.
It is not a top end load, but a very good launching point for serious load development. What is said here about safe loads in one gun, not being necessarily true in another is pure fact and excellent council.
I have noticed that H110-W296 operates best and gives best uniformity when operating at the top 5% of the pressure envelope. However, arbitrarily putting one into the top 3-5% of that pressure window is hardly prudent to start with. It will require judicious load develompent and close attention to detail.
These high intensity handgun cartridges are both rewarding and fun to work up! Enjoy and be safe!
HI DAVE, 29GR H110 AND THE 355GR WLN WILL CLOCK AROUND 1450 FPS +OR- A LITTLE DEPENDING ON TEMPERATURE AND BULLET TO CASE FIT AS WELL AS CRIMP, THESE HEAVY WEIGHTS REALLY GET H110/W296 TO WORK EFFICENTLY TO GET A GOOD BURN BUT OTHER STEPS AS MENTIONED ABOVE GOES ALONG WAY TO KEEP CONSISTENCY THERE ALSO, AS WELL AS A WINCHESTER PRIMER. HAVE FUN AND LET US KNOW HOW THE LOAD WORKS OUT. JIM.
I am shooting the 355 gr. LWNGC bullet in my 10" FA .454. I went to 32.0 gr. H110 for 1800 fps, but got much better accuracy at 31.5 gr. for 1793 fps. From 30.5 to 32.0 gr velocity increase was not very much so I did not see any advantage to going higher, especially when 31.5 gr. was giving groups of 2.5" for 5 shots at 150 yards. Good enough for me. Cases fell from the chambers under their own weight and zero leading.
I'd be a little leary about running a load that hot through a Super Redhawk. The plain truth is that the Freedom Arms revolvers are built to much higher standards than the Rugers. If you've ever handled one you know what I mean. They have a feel of quality similar to a British double rifle. I'm not Ruger bashing- I have a .454 Super Redhawk but I prefer to keep my loads in the 50,000 to 55,000 CUP range. However at a gun show this last weekend I talked to a Ruger factory rep who said they fired one 350,000 full power rounds and could not detect any wear under a microscope. So maybe I'm being overcautious in my practises and recommendations.
My revolver measured almost the same vels as John Taffins revolvers did, so from the information he sent me the 7.5" barrel should give only 25 fps less, or that's at least what Taffin got from his FA 7.5" with the same load. However, John says explicitly that these loads are not to be used in anything but a FA revolver, and I second that. While the Ruger is a fine firearm, it's tollerances are much more loose than the FA revolver, hence Ruger saying it's OK to shoot .45 Colt in their revolver while FA warnes against it in no uncertain terms. Not having dealt with the Ruger .454 I am afraid I cannot offer any advice on how hot it can be loaded. Sorry.
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