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#196929 - 01/04/19 08:07 AM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: racksmasher1]
sw282
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l love shooting my 460 at our local SILH matches. ln Hunter Pistol

we aren't allowed loads more potent than 44 Magnum. l use a

reduced load @45 Colt levels. At first l had 4x EER Leupold

mounted. 0nly to remove it this year to try on a SBH Hunter.

I have enjoyed shooting it open sights. l use Hornady 45Colt

dies most of the time. The 460 Hornady dies seemed to buckle

the cases at times. lt caused lost brass that are expensive.

Now l just neck size, saving my brass. l believe this helps

accuracy with the gun/ammo. No need for me to full length size.

This 10 1/2'' cannon is my only 460





Edited by sw282 (01/04/19 09:48 AM)

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#196931 - 01/04/19 10:07 AM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: sw282]
short30
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Awesome, thanks to all. Sounds like I can reload with my 45 colt dies and do some cream puff loads with non-magmun bullets. I did read the shell holder is slightly larger for 460 rim so I may pick one up. I have 2400, H110 and 296 so I will start there and if he opts we can get some PowerPistol, AA9 and 4227 to try. He bought some factory stuff to try and to get brass. Looking forward to igniting the beast.

MD Smith liked the 5744 for reduced loads and I have some of that also so we have a couple options. thanks again


Edited by short30 (01/04/19 10:08 AM)
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#196975 - 01/07/19 06:16 PM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: short30]
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I once owned one of the standard 8 3/8" barreled Model 460's, and I later traded it for a 14" barreled Performance Center Model 460. Here's a few loads I've tried that I've found useful:

- Starline brass, Federal Large Rifle primer, 200 grain Hornady FTX, and 51.5 grains Hodgdon H110. Average velocity of 2,656 fps, and is consistently prints groups of 1.5 MOA or less. This is my practice load. This is what happens when you touch it off:




- Starline brass, Federal Large Rifle primer, 200 grain Barnes XPB, and 46.0 grains Accurate #9 - the maximum load listed in the book. Average velocity of 2,502 fps, and produces MOA accuracy. My primary deer hunting load. Pic related:




- Starline brass, Federal Large Rifle primer, 240 grain Hornady XTP-Mag, and 47.0 grains Hodgdon H110. Average velocity of 2,009 fps out of my 8 3/8" version, and I think it was in the neighborhood of 2,300 to 2,400 fps out of my 14" model. I need to retest that load to determine its accuracy.
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#196976 - 01/07/19 06:21 PM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: Chance Weldon]
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As far as crimping goes, I use a separate roll crimp die and crimp them pretty thoroughly. Might be a bit much, but I've never had an issue with the bullets backing out under recoil.
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#196987 - 01/08/19 12:53 AM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: Chance Weldon]
Bob Roach
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Now that is one very impressive Fire Ball!

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#196994 - 01/08/19 08:46 AM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: Bob Roach]
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Most of the time you dont need a huge crimp with the 460. The rcbs dies provide a ton of case tension. I would stick with barnes or aframes with the 460. If you pm me what you are wanting to use bulletwise i will send you some
Loads.

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#196995 - 01/08/19 09:29 AM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: tradmark]
short30
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Thanks for the load info and thanks for the PM offer. I will take you up on it once he decides what he wants to do. I am about to start a separate post with initial impressions and scope issue/question. thanks again.
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#197068 - 01/12/19 01:40 PM Re: S&W 460 Load Data and Tips, please [Re: short30]
Hawkeye
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I have an Encore 1" bull with break from MGM , 15" barrel with a red dot in three rings.
I tried a couple of loads but this one shoots the best for me out to 200 yards.
I shoot Hornady brass, Barnes 200 grn. XPB all copper bullet, 45grn of H110 and Fed large rifle primers. I checked some right after I got the barrel and they were running avg. 2200 fps. Here is a photo of the 460 next to a 44 mag. The load I'm using is right from the Hodgdon Reloading manual and on the low side. I don't
crimp mine due shooting in single shot.
Mike


Edited by Hawkeye (01/12/19 01:41 PM)
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