.460 S&W Magnum

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.460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:41 pm

Hello,

I have been recently investigating and thinking about purchasing a Smith and Wesson .460 in their 5" X-frame. I currently have a Ruger Redhawk chambered in .454Casull and already reload for both .454 and .45Colt. So even if I don't shoot or reload for .460 right away, I can still have fun with it at the range.

I have looked up the preferred powders and researched the dies for reloading the 460 on a progressive press. Does anyone here have any secrets or tips that may be useful before I start purchasing components and/or equipment? I use hard cast 250 grain round nose bullets in both .45C and .454. Would these also be acceptable for the velocities the .460 would be pushed to or would it require special bullets?

We really don't get much activity on the reloading topic of this forum so any and all replies are greatly appreciated and accepted.

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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby newportri » Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:02 pm

That's a badass gun!
I think you will be pushing the limits of what's recommended, but that depends on what velocity you are loading to. I certainly don't think it is a good idea to shoot lead bullets at 2300fps which I think the 460 is capable of. You might also want to look into using gas checks so you load to a higher velocity.
If you plan on staying with the .45LC loads I would think that you can use the same bullets as long as you stay within the recommended range that I assume are in reloading books.
That's a pretty nice gun you got there and I was thinking about getting one myself. I shot a full load 460 a little while ago and holy crap that is a powerful cartridge! I think it was 10" gun, but the recoil was still significant. I am starting to like the 454 though since it is almost as powerful and there are also more handguns available in this cartridge. Most of the time I would probably shoot reduced loads anyway.
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:11 pm

I hadn't gotten the gun yet. Still thinking seriously about it. My co-worker just got a Smith and Wesson 500 a couple months ago and LOVES it. I want the versatility of shooting the three cartridges in the 460 since I already shoot and reload for two. I have also never loaded using gas checks.
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby newportri » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:15 pm

The 460 is definitely more versatile.
How were you planning on seating the gas checks? I know the Lyman 4500 sizer can do it. Can you also do it on a press with the right dies?
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:21 am

I haven't really given gas checks enough thought or research yet. Heck, I haven't even gotten the gun yet, but like to think things through before it's too late. I have a bunch of lead bullets I use for .454 and would love to use them for the .460. But I may just see if I can find the copper jacketed bullets for the .460 so I am not having to buy a bunch of extra equipment and time spent seating gas checks. We shall see how it all works out.
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby Blast54 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:39 pm

Shovel, If you really like recoil that much, I might have a TC Contender for sale in 45-70 ;)

Sorry to see you go.... we never did get together for the shoot but that's ok.

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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:07 pm

Bill,

I just got back to Rhode Island 3 days ago. I spent the weekend with my wife and daughter, but now have some time for shooting. :D

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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:16 am

Instead of buying the gun new, I managed to find the exact model I wanted slightly used with plenty of extras. A fellow TRGC member owned it. I now have the dies all set up and adjusted along with 3lbs of powder (H110, Lil'Gun, and IMR 4227) over 500 Hornady FTX and XTP bullets (200gr, 240gr, and 300gr), 1000 LRM primers, and plenty of Starline and Hornady cases. This should last me for quite some time.
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby newportri » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:41 am

Was it Rick? I shot his gun a while ago, sweet gun!
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Re: .460 S&W Magnum

Postby shovel1966 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:14 am

No, Newport, his name was Mark. Great guy and helped make the FFL transfer go smothly.
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