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Any 460 S&W handloaders out there? #16838991 01/14/22
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If so, I'd appreciate your thoughts on a few things. Gun is a like-new S&W 460 XVR, 5" barrel. I have a ton of reloading experience and all the gear, but this will be my first foray into handgun reloading.

I'd like to focus on the .300 grain Wide Flat-Nose bullet from Lehigh (or comparable) and keep the pressures down a bit to avoid any issues with flame cutting, erosion, etc. This gun will go to Alaska and Glacier NP for anti-bear duty, hence the heavy load.

- What are optimal powders in the .300 grain range?
- What die set do you recommend? Carbide or no?
- Any thoughts on case-mouth crimping (profile or Lee FCD)?

Thanks so much!


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Re: Any 460 S&W handloaders out there? [Re: richardca99] #16840863 01/14/22
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Congratulations on your 5”er.....wanting one to go with my 8. 3/8”. Can’t help you with the 300’s.....I’m using 300’s (cast) with a bit of Unique for a light-load” My go-to, hunting bullet is a 400 cast, pushed hard with WW 296. When summer gets here, will experiment with 4227!

Powder: WW 296/H110, 4227, Lil Gun
Dies: carbide....I’m using RCBS
Crimp: I use the standard crimp, many cast bullet shooters like the Lee Factor6 Crimp Die


Again......congrats on getting the 5” model! memtb

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Re: Any 460 S&W handloaders out there? [Re: memtb] #16842656 01/15/22
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What sort of velocities do you get from the 400s? I'm not sure a 5" barrel would even stabilize that bullet, but I'm intrigued.


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richardca99, I’m getting 1490 mv presently with WW296, and could push it a bit faster. Looking forward to trying 4227, as it should give around 50 to 100 more than WW296.

That said, after I got my 400 grain mold, I did some reading/research that indicated that a 360 grain bullet may be the best of the heavier bullets!

At 100 yards from the bench using a Burris Fastfire dot scope, it will give 3”+/- , 4 shot groups. I have one cylinder charge hole that consistently opens the group up by 2+” 🤬 I figure that from shooting sticks, I should be good out to 150 yards on big game!

Good Luck with your 460. I love mine, just need to do more shooting with it! memtb


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Re: Any 460 S&W handloaders out there? [Re: richardca99] #16845985 01/16/22
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Thank you memtb. I appreciate the info...really helpful.


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Yes sir, good luck with your 460! A bit heavy, and a lot loud.....it may be the most versatile handguns made. From light loads for fun, practice and smaller big game, to heavy, tough bullets for some of the largest, most dangerous game on the planet, to shot shells equivalent to a 2 1/2” 410 ( small game, snakes, ect)....there’s not much it can’t do! Again congrats! memtb


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