I really like my 454 a lot, and shoot it quite a bit. But even the reduced loads published are nothing to sneeze at. I went through about 70 rounds of the stuff, H110 behind 250 grain jackets...I just wear out after a while.
I was thinking of something like 5 grains of red dot behind 250 grain cast... Hank Jr. said something about 5 grains of red dot behind anything... but would rather ask around a bit before venturing off into R&D.
I also noticed they have gone to large primers now, I assume these must be the rifle primers to handle the 454 loadings, does that call for reducing the maximum loads? I mean so far as a large rifle primer compared to a small rifle primer?
Anyhow, it would be really nice to have some gallery loads to fight off pop cans without all the needless expense and racket, and save the good stuff for serious work. I'd love to plink along at 900 FPS... and really enjoy the pistol more as it is wonderfully accurate. I did shoot some of my cast stuff a while back and leading was an issue, but again I believe that burning the right powder in the correct quantities would completely eliminate it. I was using more loads right outta the book, still too hot I think.