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.454 Casull Loads: Which would be more pleasant?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Southern Shooter, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Southern Shooter

    Southern Shooter Well-Known Member

    I am looking at two loads in the Ruger Alasakan, 2 1/2" barrel, .454 Casull:

    1) 270 grain bullet, 10 grains of Trail Boss, at roughly 1,000 fps.

    2) 360 grain bullet, 21 grains of Lil' Gun, at roughly 1,050 fps.

    Which would be less abusive? The faster burning Trail Boss with a lighter bullet? Or, the slower Lil' Gun with a heavier bullet?

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011
  2. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Definitely the 270gr load.
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    Yep CraigC has it right. Lighter bullet, less velocity equals less felt recoil.
  4. Publius1688

    Publius1688 Well-Known Member

    21 grains of lil gun is going to be a kick in the pants. +1 to the other fellows. Start with the trail boss.
  5. DC Plumber

    DC Plumber Well-Known Member

    I have a 454 Alaskan. My plinker load is a 250g XTP over 11g of Universal. I've chrono'd them around 1050fps. Very easy to shoot and inexpensive bullets, relatively speaking. The standard 250g XTP is good for Ruger 45 Colt loads, not hot 454 loads, and it's a .452 bullet. I was thinking of buying the bulk Nosler sporting bullets, which are 250g bullets, but they are listed as .451. I wonder what the downside would be.
  6. Southern Shooter

    Southern Shooter Well-Known Member

    Compromise? 325-340 gr PB Bullets 1,000 fps or Less??

    I have thought about this, today. I have .38 Specials and .357 Magnums that I can shoot easy loads out of.

    I bought this Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull to fill the nitch of a quick-draw "Thor's Hammer" when I am fishing or hiking in northern Montana or Idaho. I want to practice and use on a regular basis something in the ballpark of what I would use in those situations...even if it rattles my brain a bit.

    What about a bullet in the range of 325-340 grain, plain base, at 1,000 or less fps? Check out the bullets below.



    What would be a good load for these bullets?

  7. reuben mishler

    reuben mishler Well-Known Member

    I have enjoyed shooting stuff under 300 grains, and I typically go with Magtech because it is the least expensive that I have found to shoot. Groups seem to be ok, roughly two inches at 50 yards, but that's as far as I've really pushed it.

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