Even with the temp. up to 90 by noon I still made it out this morning to shoot, I don't care for the heat and was very warm by the time I was done but I went anyway. My main focus was to shoot some 400 grain cast loads out of my FA 475. I've been shooting 340 grain bullets and finally got a mould for some 400 grain bullets. This is the first time I've slung this much lead in a handgun so I started with some midrange loads. I used 14 and 15 grains of HS-6 with the average velocities being 1008 and 1074 fps respectively. Now this isn't close to what this gun can do but a 400 at over 1000 fps will cleanly take anything on this continent. Recoil isn't all that bad either but I still limited myself to about 3 cylinderfulls of each bullet weight, which for now is almost too much still (the last few were getting bad so I stopped and picked up the 22 for the rest of the time). I was a bit disappointed with the way my 44 special was shooting, for some reason I couldnt do better than about a 4 in. group and this was off shooting bags at 25 yards. Could have been a bad day for the bisley grip or maybe its the bullets. I havent been using these keith bullets lately and cast them over a year ago and if I remember they were a little undersize then and I never really came up with a good load for them. The 475 was much more accurate with the 400 grainers I have been doing ok with the 340's and even killed a deer last November with one but the first group with the 400's was stacked right on top of each other. But I still don't shoot the big one for too long at each session, I dont really flinch and dont need to start. Anyway enough talk how about some pictures
the 5 that are circled were the first group of 400's that I shot I have a feeling the 5th is the one that got away, still not bad though
The 475 400gr. with a 44 Special with Keith bullet
With this lighter load the bullet is ok so far but I will probably have problems if I go heavier, Just a little bit of crimp jump and I will be in trouble.