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Old 11-07-2019, 12:25 PM
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Default 458 SOCOM plinking loads

I have 458 upper I need to get assembled. Already have brass. Will be getting 300gr. Barnes TTSX for pig killers. What are good range bullets? Copper plated or PC ok?
Thanks for any info you can provide, Pacmule
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:45 PM
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If your on facebook there are some really good 458 socom groups.

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458 SOCOM reloaders group
458 SOCOM misfits

I've learned a ton since finding ammo in person isn't possible typically, especially copper.
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Old 11-07-2019, 1:01 PM
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Thanks Lewdogg21, good tip
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Old 11-07-2019, 5:12 PM
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Just starting to load for 458 Socom.
Was thinking of powder coating some of my cast 45/70 bullets.
Also Berry's has a 458 Bullet.
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Old 11-08-2019, 7:40 AM
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Anyracoon, kind of what I was leaning towards, but didn’t know if leading or plugging the gas port would be a concern.
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Old 11-08-2019, 8:37 AM
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a lot of good info on 458socomforums.com as well
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The Socom forum is not very active... but lots of great loading tips and tricks... load data too
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:44 AM
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a lot of good info on 458socomforums.com as well
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Old 11-08-2019, 5:03 PM
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"Plinking" with the .458 SOCOM? Are you going to take it to the range in your 12" lifted 1 ton truck & 44" tires that has never even seen a dirt parking lot? Find a load that will take whatever you plan to HUNT with it and shoot it. The cost, recoil, and result will be about the same. If you set it up to cycle with a light plinking load you will beat the tar out of it with heavier loads. And if you expect consistent reliability with a hunt load you will most likely not get a "plinking" load to function.

You could buy a cheap rifle in .223 and tons of ammo just with what you save "plinking" with a .458 SOCOM. Even if you reload for yours, as I do.
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Old 11-11-2019, 3:21 AM
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i use the same 45-70 you get from the Lee mold just pc it. pretty accurate for a plinker that comes out to about 6 cents per bullet
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Old 11-13-2019, 6:41 AM
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RiskyBusiness, sound like a pretty good plan. Do you just shake and bake? I did that about a year ago and have been meaning to get back to it. Will have to check out the Lee molds.
Bisley, I guess plinking was not the best term. Full power loads are fine, just looking for cheaper bullets to blast off in the backyard when I get the itch.
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Working on loads, springs and buffers tonight. I have an 18" barrel with RIFLE length gas. I started with a variable gas block from Wilson but ended up taking the valve out and running it straight through. Still have some cycling problems with new loads. Had it working well with new LAX 300 gr flat nose. Now loading Berry's 350 flatnose which feeds better that the LAX. My bolt wouldn't flinch with 26gr of Lil' Gun but it does cycle at around 29 gr. I'm using Starline brass and Rem primers. Tonight I'll have a load set of 29, 30, 30.5 and 31 gr and a variety of springs and buffers. Currently using a flat wire spring for a Grendel.

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Just order some of the Berry's 350gr, looking forward to see how they will perform. BrassCase, keep us all posted.
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I have an 18" barrel with RIFLE length gas. I started with a variable gas block from Wilson but ended up taking the valve out and running it straight through. Still have some cycling problems with new loads.
Why rifle length gas? I'm pretty sure I read multiple in-the-know people on 458socomforum that said no no hell to the no at doing that...
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