This is a warning to any 460 Smith shooters reguarding Buffalo Bore ammunintion.
Yesterday I purchased a box of 360gr Cast BB ammo at the sportsmans warehouse in Anchorage, AK. When fired from a Smith Xframe 460 first shot locked up the cylinder. We had to use a rawhide mallet to knock the cylinder back out. The brass showed massive pressure signs, it even blew the primer right out of the gun. Tried a second shot with same results, locked up cylinder and primer blown out of fired brass. Needless to say we did not shoot any more of this ammo.
After searching in vain for a phone number to Buffalo bore a messege was left on BB contact form. This is the responce We recievd.
From: Tim Sundles [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 2:16
Cc: 'M Wayne Brown'
Subject: RE: Contact Form Sent
Yes we know exactly what is going on. We developed our 460 loads based on early S&W revolvers--everything workedgreat. Then, S&W in their infinite wisdom, made some changes in theirchamber throats and barrel throats, which raised pressuresdramatically..........Since S&W made those changes, we've watered down our460 loads to accommodate the changes in the gun. You have some older, abouttwo years old 460 ammo, which will work great, the way it was designed to inthe earlier S&W 460 revolvers. Simply stop using it in that gun. IF you havea first year production S&W, it will work great in that gun.......sorry forthe trouble, but it was S&W that made the changes, (without telling any ammomakers) not us. When we first discovered the changes in the new &SW 460's,I'll bet I wrote a hundred emails like this one. Take care. Tim"
This seems like a pretty poor responce to me. Luckily after calling the Sportsmans ware house they said they would return the ammunition. They weren't going to at first but after hearing BB responce they said they would return or exchange the ammo.
As far as I can tell there isn't any Lot numbers on BB ammo.