Shot yesterday, Taurus raging bull. 45 rounds of HSM .454 bear loads (325gr) of the 45 I shot I had at least 5+ lockups. One had jumped halfway out of the case.
20 BB +p 45LC two lockups.
When I was done I wasn't very happy and much less confident in the ammo and there was a lot of flyers from my gun. On the way Home I happened across some BB Heavy .454 loads. I opened the box and compared the crimp of the HSM, BB 45LC and the barnes XPB. The difference in crimp was obvious. The crimp of the Barnes and HSM .454s was identical as well as the BB 45LCs. the BB heavy .454 crimp was much much harder. while I didn't get to shoot them I don't think I will have the same issues with the bb .454s jumping crimp. I figured some here would like to know this info. I personally wouldn't buy HSM casull again. Just my opinion. that said I would only look at extremely heavily crimped .454s from now on. once I have my brass I will be applying the heaviest crimp I can on my loads. For bear defence I would hunt up the buffalo bore heavy .454 casull rounds. There crimp really is better and a lockup from a jumped bullet could really suck if it happens when you need it most. Happy fathers day