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4357 fps out of a 460 Weatherby

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 56hawk, May 5, 2012.

  1. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Just tried out some 100 grain aluminum bullets in my 460 Weatherby. Used 110 grains of H110. I've got to try shooting some of these at night because even in broad daylight the muzzle flash is amazing.




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  2. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    Good varmint load ;)
  3. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    How's the aluminum on the barrel?
  4. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    Where can I get those bullets and is there loading data for the 45/70?
  5. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I'm tempted to try them out. Probably out of my 458 Lott though. I can shoot it a lot more accurately than the Weatherby.

    Not sure yet. I've only fired eight of these so far working up the load. I do have obvious aluminum fouling in the bore that I'm not sure how to get out. Have only ran a few patches through it to get the powder out.

    Here is where I got them: http://lehighbullets.com/products.asp?cat=32 They do list 45-70 data, but only with 2400.
  6. hogshead

    hogshead Well-Known Member

    Need some pics of something shot with them. I bet they explode.
  7. whetrock

    whetrock Well-Known Member

    Very interesting, I'd love to see the terminal performance of this round. I"m willing to bet it won't dissapoint ( I'm guessing very shallow and rapid/aggresive expansion). LOL the sectional density would be 0.066.
    Last edited: May 5, 2012
  8. If you think LEADING is bad, try getting ALUMINUMING out of a barrel.........:D
  9. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    your rilfes throat sure isnt going to live long shooting massive doses of 110 out of it!
  10. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    That's for sure.

    I was able to get Barnes X 160's up to 4000 fps. out of a custom 338/378. Fortunately or unfortunately they didn't shoot. I've been meaning to retest with the newer 160 gr. TTSX's just for fun but haven't gotten around to it. 110 gr. of pistol powder does sounds like a good way to ruin a bbl quick though! lol With a slightly slower powder you could still get ridiculous velocity with probably less wear and tear.
  11. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    Interesting. The B.C. on a 100 gr. .45 caliber aluminum bullet is going to be extremely low. Since it will probably shed velocity like a ping pong ball, but I'd be curious how it'd do at 100 yds.

  12. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Actually, a alum. bullet will be lighter so it will be longer than the weight might suggest. A 100 grain alum. bullet might have the same BC as a 300 grain copper slug.
  13. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Think: standard golf ball. Now think: foam golf ball, plastic golf ball, etc. No matter how fast you start out the latter, they slow down WAY quicker than the former.

    I'd be very interested for the OP to calculate the B.C. This could easily be done by shooting it through the chrono near the muzzle then again at, say, 100 yds. The difference in the velocities at the two different ranges could then be used to figure an approximate B.C.
  14. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    What powder did you use? I was going to post in the reloading section about what powders to try out with these bullets, but every time I have posted something like this before I just get a bunch of responses about how you can only use published data or you will blow your gun up. :fire:

    I would be really worried about shooting my chronograph at that range. Guess I might have to try them out for accuracy first.
  15. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    35 Whelen, yes the bullet will slow down much faster than a lead cored heavier slug, but take a look at the photos of it. It wouldn't be all that out of place to have a couple as coyote or other varmint critter .45-70 round for opportunity shots. If you think it's worth shooting at an animal that isn't your main prey, more power to you, might as well save your deer or pig rounds for some day when you aren't scaring them away.

    Last edited: May 6, 2012
  16. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    I'm still trying to get my head around 110 grs of H110! :eek:
  17. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    Interesting, but I wouldn't use these on a regular basis.
    Fouling aside, aluminum quickly forms a transparent skin of aluminum oxide.
    Which is what they make grinding wheels out of. :D
  18. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    were they greased?
  19. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    Can you pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease make a video of this hitting some water jugs
  20. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was a little worried firing the first one off. No signs of pressure though. I actually worked the load up to 118 grains, but my chronograph only recorded my shots up to the 110 grain load.

    According to the manufacturer, "The bullet is made from aluminum and to eliminate the potential for aluminum oxide formation, the bullets are coated with a dry film lube immediately after they are cleaned."

    Will do. :) I might get to the range tomorrow, otherwise next weekend for sure.

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