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Cliff R

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  1. As mentioned you can make your own mags by changing the follower or you can modify them. I made my own by modifying the stock followers with a round file. I just gently clamped them up in a soft jawed vise and filed a trough or channel in them to keep the cartridge in the center of the magazine. I've owned a 450 Bushmaster for quite a while now, excellent round and one of the most accurate rifles in my line-up. If most of if not all of the rounds fired down range aren't pretty much in the same hole at 100 yards you just didn't do your part! I don't find the recoil bad at all. It "thumps" a little from the bench when sighting in but not even noticed in a hunting scenario. Below is a pic of mine, and the very first target I shot with it sighting it in. I fired a couple of rounds which struck high right, moved the scope then put 5 rounds in the same hole. Third pic is a recovered bullet (most pass clear thru) from a huge whitetail buck at 200 yards. The bullet was just under the skin after passing thru both shoulders......
  2. Using Hodgdon CFE Pistol powder, 7.5 grains. Don't have a chrony anymore but they should be around 1050-1100 fps in a 4" barrel.....
  3. Might get two or three peoples attention since it took 4 gallon jugs of water and a 2 x 8 to stop one! I'm pretty much duplicating 10mm performance with the 185 grain load around 1100fps......
  4. Below are some pics of the Hornady 185 grain XTP HP's. It took a couple of outings to finally stop one of those bullets effectively w/o a hard surface. Started out with 2 one gallons jugs of water, then 3, then 4. Was finally able to catch one after it passed thru 4 jugs with a 2 x 8 behind them. The bullet barely left a mark on the board so the expansion took place passing thru the jugs of water. It's reasonable to assume one would see good penetration from one of these bullets for hunting or self defense....
  5. I've ground quite fond of my XDS-45. There isn't anything not to like about it. Been carrying it as my primary weapon ever since it followed me home. Been running a lot of rounds thru it too, and not a single malfunction of any kind with any type of ammo.......
  6. Thanks, nice way to spend a little time on a nice Sunday afternoon.....testing some hand loads and emptying a few high capacity magazines. The S & W M & P and the new addition to my AR collection were flawless. I like to spend some time with any weapon I've added to the collection to make sure it functions like it should. Cool story but worth the read. About 5 years ago we rented a log cabin in Southern Ohio on 45 acres near Old Mans Cave. 7 couples went, and all of us took at least one handgun along for some planned target practice. One of my friends brought along his Glock 9mm, not sure what model but he had purchased it new about 3 years before the outing. He loaded it up and put it in the dresser drawer for home defense, but had never fired it. It would NOT run, fired once they jammed every single time. We messed around with it some but could make no improvements. Nothing obviously wrong with it, just refused to work with live ammo, one round and DONE. He ended up sending it back and Glock repaired it so it runs fine now. Just a good lesson in weapons and why you should spend a little time with your new pistol BEFORE you count on it to protect you and your family.......
  7. Thanks, pretty happy with the outcome. Recoil is pretty hefty but on par with factory loads using the heavier 230 grain bullets. I also took the time yesterday to fire 60 rounds thru my M & P 9mm and another 40 rounds thru the little AR I put together couple of months ago......
  8. Yep, the power of high velocity x weight.......I'm pretty content with the outcome and not going to make any further changes to it......
  9. I've been wanting to work up a "high performance" load for my 45 XDS 4.0. I touched some on it in the 380 ACP thread below. Picked up some Hornady 185 grain XTP hollow points and backed them with 7.5 grains of CFE pistol powder. This should be good for close to 1100fps in a 4" barrel. It took some work but I was finally able to stop one without using something hard behind the target that might deform it. Started out with two gallons jugs of water, then three, and still couldn't stop one. It took 4 jugs and a 2 x 8 behind them. Distance to the target apprx 15'. The bullet barely put a visible mark on the 2 x 8 so I'm certain all the expansion was done passing thru the jugs of water. Expansion was excellent, didn't weigh the bullet but appears mostly intact and the jacket is peeled back nicely. Should make a good back-up weapon for Elk hunting (lots of bears where we hunt). I'm sure it will also make a nice self defense load, but for sure there would be a significant risk of collateral damage as easily as it passed thru 4 gallon jugs of water. The Hornady 185 grain load is on the right, left is a factory Remington 230 grain HP......
  10. I would add here that I was working up a high-performance 45ACP load for Elk hunting out West. We hunt in bear country and tired of dragging around the heavy S & W 629 44 magnum. Going to be using my XDS 45ACP 4.0 instead, and wanted a good load for it capable of deep penetration plus good expansion.....I think I'm there with it......
  11. Sorry about the delay for the .45 ACP testing. It was quite a bit more difficult to catch one of those bullets without using something hard enough to deform it. 2 gallon jugs of water barely slowed one down, 3 jugs weren't enough. It took 4 jugs of water and a 2 x 8 board to effectively stop one for inspection. Pics are below. Expansion was excellent and the jacket is well peeled back. For sure penetration with that particular load would easily pass right thru a torso and possible collateral damage. The bullets below are Hornady 185 XTP .451 hollow points. They are hand loaded with 7.5 grains of CFE pistol powder. The should be right around 1100fps and consider a +P load.......
  12. Thanks. Time permitting I'll be testing the 45ACP in the next day or so. All-in-all pretty impressive performance from the little 380. Never underestimate the stopping/killing power of small caliber weapons. 22 long rifle is one of them and in most cases penetration is deep and most of if not all of the energy is used on the torso without a lot of risk of collateral damage........
  13. Weather permitting I'll try to catch a Hornady 185 grain 45ACP bullet today. I loaded them with 7.5 grains of CFE Pistol powder which should put them close to 1100fps in a 4" barrel. I'm thinking it will take more than one milk jug full of water and a 2 x 8 to stop one w/o damaging it. I want the bullet to just make it thru the jegs and not get deformed by the board. Should be interesting, I'll put up some pics when it's successful. Left is a 230 grain Remington factory HP, right is the Hornady 185 grain high velocity handload.....
  14. Yep, it shows how well they actually work hitting "soft" material, in this case just a plastic one gallon mild jug full of water. It measures pretty close to 1/2" in diameter all the way around. This test also tells me that with a good well placed upper torso shot it would be unlikely that I would put anyone standing behind that person in serious jeopardy or at least significantly lowering the risk of collateral-damage. Kind of important as we are responsible for every bullet we fire until it comes to rest......
  15. Just for fun I fired one round at apprx 25 feet at a gallon milk jug full of water. I put a 2 x 8 behind to catch the bullet for inspection. Just curious as to how well some of this high cost fancy ammo really does when it hits something soft. The board had a very slight visible hit on it but hardly even dented it let alone tried to penetrate. The recovered bullet was laying about a foot to the right of the exploded milk jug. Expanded pretty well and uniform and would have done some pretty decent damage. It was fired from my secondary weapon, S & W Bodyguard, primary weapon is an XDX 45 using 185 grain Hornady hollow points loaded to around 1100fps. I'll test fire those next and use two jugs to see if I can stop one for inspection.........
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