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#194547 - 09/25/18 01:15 PM All Around Load For .454
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As we all know there is not a "do it all" load for any gun, but I'm looking for something as close as possible for my .454. I want to use the gun for deer, bear and maybe elk without having to
change loads and re-sight the gun. Would a 325 gr. hard cast cover it? Grizzly is probably not on the menu but I do get into grizzly territory occasionally but very seldom. I know the 325 gr is a bit heavy for white tail deer but guessing its good on the others.

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#194549 - 09/25/18 03:25 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: TM]
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Short answer, yes absolutely.

For me a few additional things I'd consider would be: What range do I expect to shoot out to? That 325 will start dropping quick after about 75-100 yards. Also, and this is somewhat related - what, if any, optics are you planning to put on it?

If you are planning to keep your shots under 100 yards, I think your choice is spot on for anything in North America.

If you want to be able to stretch out to 150-200 yards, I'd personally drop down in weight a bit (250-270ish), and load as hot as I safely could.

Just my opinion...
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#194550 - 09/25/18 03:27 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: Randy M]
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I need to clarify...I'd only drop down in weight if I was trying to achieve a flatter trajectory. I realize the 250-260 grain bullet most likely won't carry the same energy as the 325. But it'd still be enough to knock out a deer, elk, bear, hog, Volkswagen, etc.
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#194551 - 09/25/18 03:52 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: Randy M]
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Most, if not all shots would be at 100 yards and in, open sighted but as my eyes fade I am considering a 2X scope in the future. Gun is Ruger SRH Toklat. I know the Hornady 240 gr. XTP would probably be ideal for deer but not so much on the elk and bears.
Didn't mention this before but all loads would be factory loads.

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#194553 - 09/25/18 05:06 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: TM]
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Federal Premium 300gr Swift A-Frame.
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#194555 - 09/25/18 06:37 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: KRal]
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I echo kral?s sentiments but if you are a reloader go with the 325 aframe. Opens on everything. Holds together at 5 feet, stills expands at 200 yards. Wont over expand nor come apart. It actually is one load for everything. Ive used it from deer to cape buff and waterbuff, no failures and they die within sight.

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#194559 - 09/25/18 07:19 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: tradmark]
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AFRames or Xs. Both are superior to anything else as an all around bullet.

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#194560 - 09/25/18 08:40 PM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: wvhitman]
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Hornady 300 XTP Mag

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#194563 - 09/26/18 12:39 AM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: Hendog]
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Even for bear and elk? Wouldn't I want deeper the penetration that a hard cast offers?

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#194566 - 09/26/18 06:22 AM Re: All Around Load For .454 [Re: TM]
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I use a 350 WFN from Matt's bullets. The load I use is 26 gr/ IMR 4227 with a CCI 400. It chronos 1350 fps out of a 7 1/2" FA 83. It will cover what you described well.

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