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    Question 460 S&W Mag powder

    I wish the search function on this forum would allow for a 3 character search like "460". Oh well.

    Anyway, a friend has a 460 he wants to learn to load for. I figure I'll help him out. Since it's a 45 I've got what we need to get started. I'll have hem get some Starline brass. I have Hogdon load data but would like to know of any experience any of you guys have had with this round. I've got some H110, a couple kinds of LRM primers and some 335 and 360gr bullets. Ranger Rick sent me a sample of one of his 535gr thumpers and I emailed him to see what he says as far as load data. My friend sure likes the looks of that slug

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    I find Lil-Gun gives me the power of H110 and is a far cleaner burn, nut I do use both since I have a bunch of H110 and W296 which are the same powder. I load 200s and 395 hard casts so have no pets in your bullet weights but I will give you the Hodgdon book data. 2400 is a good pick for light loads if you want any.

    335 grain H110/W295 ~ low 38g= 1790fps 46,100psi & high 41g= 1917fps 55,800psi
    Lil-Gun ~ low 39g= 1834fps 45,000psi & high 41.5g= 1919fps 49,300psi

    360 grain H110/W295 ~ low 35g=1713fps 47,600psi & high 38g=1836fps 56,900psi
    Lil-Gun low 36g= 1752fps 45,100psi & high 40g= 1882fps 52,600psi
    Never load H110/W295 lower than the low numbers as it can be unsafe.
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    Just remembered Power Pistol is another powder that is popular in the 460 but I never used it.
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    I dunno... Don't know how you could do much better than combining RR's big boys with H110/W296 (it's not W295). Maybe stick with CCI primers? In any case, I use H110 and the 535gr Keith's in my 500 and can't ask for more. I think you already have it all fingered out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tananaBrian View Post
    I dunno... Don't know how you could do much better than combining RR's big boys with H110/W296 (it's not W295). Maybe stick with CCI primers? In any case, I use H110 and the 535gr Keith's in my 500 and can't ask for more. I think you already have it all fingered out.

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    H110 works great but give Lil-Gun a try and see what ya say then.
    295 and 110 come from the same place with different labels, they are different lots is all. Same exact data for them everywhere.
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    Thanks guys. I'm aware of not going lower than minimum with H110/W296. I have some CCI and Win LRM primers. So, it sounds like all he needs to do is get some brass and I can at least get him to the loading bench and the range. He can stay on the lookout for powder and primers in the meantime. I'll have him order some 535 thumpers from Rick once he gets back from Kodiak (Rick that is). In the meantime I have 2 ( yes 2) of the 535's we can load up to at least feel the power Brian, do you have any H110 load data from Rick for his 535's in the 460?

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    I think Rick posted data on 535s a month or so back, may be able to search threads he started to find it.
    Also if you note the data I posted you will see Lil-Gun shows faster fps with less psi than H110, dang good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADfields View Post
    I think Rick posted data on 535s a month or so back, may be able to search threads he started to find it.
    Also if you note the data I posted you will see Lil-Gun shows faster fps with less psi than H110, dang good stuff!
    Ok, thanks, I'll see if I can find that post. I'll tell Pastor Andy to buy any Lil-Gun, H110, W296 or 2400 that he can get his hands on. You know how scarce the stuff is. I've got about 4lbs of H110 and that's it.

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    I can't add much in the way of powder and primer usage as it's pretty much already covered. I'm using H110/W296 and CCI primers. However, I'm using Hornady brass and having good experiences with it. Don't think I have thrown away any after about five loads. But then again, I'm no where near max loads. Brass life would probaboty be shortened using max loads.

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    This month's "American Rifleman" contained an article about the 460, it's development, engineering, and load development recommendations.

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