Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kje54, Nov 1, 2022.
That’s quite a round.
He's the one who had the 50 blowup on him, nearly killed him.
I don't think that is relevant to 40 S&W
You couldn't get me to shoot that thing.
It's pretty impressive penetration though.
Nope it's not relevant but I have little control over Google's algorithms.........
I thought it was a ballistics gel rabbit hole...
Large Dangerous Game (Elephants, for example. My last wife might make the list) rifles and cartridges are designed to penetrate very deep and mutilate the vitals upon arrival. Penetration is mandated, not amazing.
The .458 Lott was intended to better the .458 Winchester Magnum in terms of velocity. At one time, there was some question about the level of power of a .458 Win Mag. No doubt one can find the story on line somewhere. It penetrates something fierce.
A dangerous game rifle should weigh around twenty pounds or so. And have a recoil pad. And the shooter wearing a padded shooting jacket when doing so. And only if Mr. Elephant attacks.
Here's Teddy Roosevelt's "big medicine" rifle. He used it hunting lion.
My 458 Lott weighs 10 pounds. Recoil is not bad at all. My 4 bore only weighs 17 pounds. It has a brass butt plate. No recoil pad.It has 4 times the recoil of the 458 Lott. I have never worn a padded shooting jacket and never gotten a bruised shoulder from shooting it.
There were some QC issues with the 1st batch of 458 WM factory ammo from Winchester. The amount of powder placed in the cases was less than what was supposed to be in there and the cartridge initially proved to be disappointing. After the ammo problem was resolved and once folks started to handload for it things did improve. But it took a while for the bad rep to completely go away and for hunters to trust it.
Load a canister round in it and you'll take out half the squirrels in your local woods........
Many years ago I saw a test with a .45 Colt revolver that was used to take Cape Buffalo. It was loaded with hard cast lead bullets, and obviously specifically made for this hunting. It was way beyond a typical load. It got 48” penetration in wet newspaper
Good for you! I've developed loads for a .458 Winchester and a .450/.400 Nitro Express 3 1/2 inch. Neither was what I think of as 'fun'. I could fire either rifle at need, but I feel that 'need' would likely be one of the dangerous animals trying to damage me.
My Ruger No. 1 will shoot through 39 1/2 inches of pine with a 500gr Hornady FMJ bullet.
.224 62gr M855 bullet, 600gr Barnes Original , Fired 500gr Hornady ( the pine one ) , 500gr barnes X bullet ( also fired into the pine )
Recoil wise... I wouldn't want to fire many rounds while seated at a bench.
Standing, you can roll with the recoil.
Standing, you can roll with the recoil.
Fyi this is pretty well know in the magnum handgun world. A hard cast Keith style bullet pretty much fits this design. It not uncommon to get deep penetration with these revolver rounds.
. I left that Winchester .458 (and my goodly stock of ammo I bought) with my PH as he could not get the Kynoch ammo for his English guns but there was some .458 ammo still around !
I recently came across this 1955 Winchester Model 70 .458 Safari rifle in great shape with no modification , it also came with a 1956 Winchester 70 Supergrade in .375 H&H that had lyman peep sights from a Carmel estate . The rifles went very cheaply , considering. I was excited to reload for the .458 and bought some various ammo from Gunbroker for it which I would reload after testing . Anyway with a PAST recoil absorbing shoulder pad in place we shot various junk at the local sand pit and were amused with the results of the 500 FMJ on japanese car wrecks. Not quite a .50 BMG, but still impressive on the aluminum engine parts.
Anyway we bought a box of Barnes 350 grain TSX hollow points and some Woodliegh 500 softs and two of the clear gel blocks as pictured in the OP video. The 350 grain Barnes copper bullets stole the show , with Reloader 7 powder we easily reach 2600 fps and they opened to 1" and released awesome turbulent wound channels thru 30" of gel -an on ! The gel when all that energy was released "flashed" and emmitted smoke and flipped the block 10 feet in the air ! Looking at the relatively flat to 300 yard bullet path at 2500+ FPS of the 350 TSX we decided to try it next years elk hunt. The area we are going is heavily wooded and shots are less than 100 yards usually so those express sights should work.
Squirrel apocalypse! Where's my .700 Nitro Express?!!!
and you whining and moaning about him whining and moaning
Seriously, though...about ANY gun I buy I automatically think "squirrel gun"!
If I ever DID buy something chambered in a cartridge like a .458 Lott, I would definitely take it squirrel hunting if for no other reason than to say I did.
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