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Please share your opinion/experience with heavy 45 Colt/454 Casull cast bullets and your favorite load for hunting (Whitetails and black bears). I shoot a 454 Ruger SRH 7 1/2"bbl and want to cast a bullet in the 350-400 grain range but don't know where to obtain moulds other than NEI which has outdated info on their website. I would prefer an LBT style, if possible to find.

Has anyone sized .457/.458 bullets from a rifle mould down to .452 for 45Colt/454Casull? If so, are there any lube grooves left?

Is load data for the heavy loads that scarce or am I just looking in the wrong places?

And lastly, what is the largest practicable bullet for the 454?

Thank you in advance for any comments.
 

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I have a couple ballisti-cast moulds and they are excellent. Have you looked at the Lee 310 gr FNGC ? The quality is not as high as the others but for $ 20.00 you can try a decent bullet design. I use them in a 454 Cassull BFR. They sure penetrate when hardened.
 

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my favorite .45 colt bullet of all time is the rcbs 300 grian semi wad cutter it shoots great in all my .45 colts and kills very well
 

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You don't have to go that heavy-300-325gr bullets will do the job nicely. Unless your shooting super deer/Bears? I'm quite sure that a 300gr going say 1600 fps will penatrate a good sized blacky end to end!! Deer as well.:D
 

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My favorite bullet of all time for my 45's is a 355 grain WLNGC. Talk about accurate, and that is in 5 different Rugers. 2 Bisley's, 2 Vaquero's, and 1 Redhawk. I had already worked up loads for it when I found Linebaugh's load data. And I was using his loads for the high end.
This bullet is also very good at low velocity.

I have that 300 grain FN mold from Lee and it sure makes me miss my LBT mold when I am done casting. The bullet shoots good but it is rather tiring to cast with.:mad:

That RCBS mold I have used and that bullet shoots good but it just doesn't slap things the way that the LBT styles does. Good coyote bullet. I have shot Bears with both bullets and I won't carry that RCBS one in my gun again if I am going into the thick stuff. Let me re-phrase that: I won't carry that RCBS one in my gun again.

Just my opion but it took me several years shooting these cast bullets to develop it......

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Gents,
I have been shooting Lyman's 325gr GC design in my Super Redhawks with great success. In Nevada during the NCBS 2003 shooting I managed to put 5 rounds inside an inch using the 325gr over 31grs 296 in a Win. case. Great success is kinda mild ;>) 45nut

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Around 330 gr. seems to be unstoppable in the .45 Colt.

Advice, get a few each of several different weights/styles, and see what works well for you, before buying a mould.
 

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i have a lbt 300grgc lfn mold and 2 fa 454 casualls ,and you could not ask for a more accurate bullet it shoots extremely
accurate out of either gun with 296/h110/ lil gun or surplus wcc 820 with any powder charge that will move the bullet out at 1400 fps or more ,i have shot several 1/2 to 3/4 inch groupes at 50 yards and my best at 100 yards also with cast was 5 in 1 7/8. and both guns shot those loads with different powders all under a inch at 25 yards. havent tried any lower fps loads as i just use the 44 for that if not i probley would not shoot my 44s that much
 
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