454 Conversion


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farm23
January 31, 2013, 12:07 PM
I hunt with a 454 Casull revolver and would like to have a matching rifle. I am not aware of anyone converting a 45lc or doing something else to come up with a 45/454 rifle. Any thoughts?

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rcmodel
January 31, 2013, 12:22 PM
Most .45 Colt chambered rifles such as Marlin or Winchester are not strong enough to hande .454 pressure.

Puma makes this:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_372/products_id/86328

http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=164&category=8&toggle=&breadcrumbseries=

I believe Thompson-Center also sells .454 barrels for the Encore single shot rifle.

Browning made the 1885 in .454 for a while too.
http://www.gunsamerica.com/925490954/Browing_model_1885_454_casull_45_long_colt.htm

rc

RPRNY
January 31, 2013, 01:41 PM
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa272/LRDG/Turkey/454%20Stutzen%20Build/001-5.jpg

That's my 454 Casull Handi Rifle. I have topped 2,100 fps with H110 and the Hornady 250 gr FTX. It is reliably accurate out to 150 yards. At 200 yards, it gets a little stringy.

The SB2 Handi rifle is rated comfortably up through 460 and 500 S&W, so the Casull is perfectly safe in it. How Rossi allegedly gets a 92 based lever gun up to Casull levels has never been adequately explained.

The trick is finding an H&R Buffalo Classic Carbine in 45LC, no longer made. Most of them will chamber 454 brass already! Three or four turns with a rifle reamer (very important to get the gentle taper into the leade rather than the sharp forcing cone of a revolver throat) is all most people have needed to convert to 454 Casull. As a side benefit, they all seem to shoot 45LC much better after reaming.

This thread at GBO willl give you the location of some BCCs already converted to 454 or in the original for sale and access to the Forum reamer should you so desire to join up. I love that little rifle. It is fun, a thing of beauty, and very effective on hog and bear.

http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.php/topic,274107.0.html

farm23
January 31, 2013, 04:54 PM
RPRNY that is a nice weapon. I will look for the Handi and the H&R Buffalo Classice Carbine.

Lloyd Smale
February 1, 2013, 08:29 AM
rcmodel is right. the only lever action that will take the pressure are the 92 winchesters and copys of them like the browning and the puma.

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