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I have been saving all the data I have found for 454 on the net. I am not shire that all charges are safe and many of them are FA loads only. You got allot of crazy people out there that are bragging about their max loads but it is interesting to have as a guideline. I am using 24grs of N110 behind a 350grs cast and 27,5grs N110 with a 300grs XTP/MAG in my RB.  

Bullet Powder Charge Speed
250     W296    35
260     H110     36
300     H110     30    1470
300     H110     31    1650
300     h110     33,5
300     H110     33,5
300     H110     34
300     H110     35    1700max
300     lil-gun    31     1740
300     N110     21     1115
300     N110     26,5    1630
300     N110     28      1585XTP
300     N110     29max fra vihtavouri
300     N120     31      1490
300     W296     29     1470
300     W296     31,5     1750
300     W296     32     1660
310     H110     35
310     N110     25     1550
310     N110     27     1630
315     H110     25,2     1360
320     H110     29
320     H110     32
325     H110     27
325     H110     32
325     N110     20     1350
325     N110     25     1570
325     N110     30
325     N120     31     1400
330     H110     23
330     H110     30     1525
335     H110     28
340     H110     27     1370
340     H110     28     1380
340     H110     28,5    1500
340     H110     32  max FA
340     lil-gun    30     1565
345     H110     26,5
345     H110     28,5
345     N110     24
350     H110     20,5
350     H110     26
350     H110     30
350     W296     27     1350
355     H110     29     1450
355     H110     31       max
355     H110     31,5     1793max FA
360     H110     25
360     H110     27
370     H110     24     1350
370     H110     27     1500
400     H110     18,5
400     H110     29     1500max
405     H110     25
405     H110     27
405     N110     21

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(Edited by BigBore at 1:22 am on Oct. 4, 2001)
 

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Thanx for the list! I will add and compare it with the data I have been collecting; I have a new SRH in 454 and am just starting to handload for it. To be honest, I am a bit nervous......

May I ask a question? You are in Norway? I thought handguns were effectively banned in Europe. You can own a 454 Cas over there?
 

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There are no problem having a pistol in Norway. You have to go through a course and do a little composition shooting. But this is only for the “new” owners of guns. If you were registered long back you do not need the course you only have to have a “god reason” to by the gun. I said that I was going to use it for metalsilhouette but I have not attended any composition yet. In England pistols are banded.  

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I just want to take a moment and point out something in BigBore's data that looks like a mistake, but is not.  If you look at his listed maximum load for H110 powder with the 310 gr bullet, and then look at the same powder load for the 355 gr. bullet, it looks rather funny.  However, my own testing has shown that what you see listed is entirely correctl.  The listed max load for the 355 gr. bullet is 31.5 gr. for a vel, in my handgun which is a FA 10", is 1693 fps but he lists 1793 fps ( just shows how different guns can be).  You would think then that by using a lighter bullet, namely the 310 gr. bullet, the max load would be higher and velocities higher.  Not so.  When I worked my 310 gr. load I went up to 32.0 gr. and got velocities that were SLOWER than with the same load under a 355 gr. bullet.  Also, the load shot very dirty.  Unburned powder was abundant and the revolver was filthy after only a few shots.  Same load behind the 355 gr. bullet and there was no unburned powder and the load shot much cleaner.  With the 310 gr. bullet as I went above 29.0 gr. of powder, ES started increasing with every load and accuracy was going down the toilet.  At 32 gr. I stopped, not because the load indicated anything near max, but the ES and grime had increased to the point of absurdity.  The load may have come back together with more powder, but I had no indications that an increase in powder would do anything to help.  The 355 gr. load was working so well at 31.5 gr. that I abandoned the 310 gr. load altogether.   The data may look funny, but the proof is in the pudding, or the shooting in this case.  
 
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