Just sold mine yesterday. It is a solution looking for a problem. It shoots light bullets designed for handguns at rifle velocities. Terminal performance will be hit and miss. Never took anything with it but it jammed up constantly (Ruger bolt gun). Mainly because the action is wayyyy too big for the cartridge. There are just so many better options that will do everything the .450 will with none of the drawbacksI am looking for an excuse to get one LOL
Mostly negative reviews on that cartridge - rifle combination.
Possibly you should revisit your objectives.
For instance, which African animals do you want to hunt? All plains game can be taken with medium bore cartridges.
Do you want a big bore ( .400 or larger) just to shoot for fun? There are many proven cartridges that are available in reliable firearms.
Have fun with your project.
BTW, in what part of Texas are you lost?
Did you have the American ranch model or the guide gun?Just sold mine yesterday. It is a solution looking for a problem. It shoots light bullets designed for handguns at rifle velocities. Terminal performance will be hit and miss. Never took anything with it but it jammed up constantly (Ruger bolt gun). Mainly because the action is wayyyy too big for the cartridge. There are just so many better options that will do everything the .450 will with none of the drawbacks
The ranch. But I have owned a scout rifle in the past by Ruger and also wasn't impressed. Other than the iron sights which are nice, the rifle was unwieldy and impossible to carry because of the stupid detachable Mag. They should have just made it out of a standard m77 IMO. Also the brake on these guns is just stupid and unnecessary. With full house loads it kicked about like a .30/06. The cartridge itself is more what didn't impress me. The rifles are OK other than the ranch jammed constantly if you fed it at anything fast that a rushed crawl. The cartridge is neither fish nor foul. It's a pistol round trying to be a rifle round. As such it is neitherDid you have the American ranch model or the guide gun?
Young Man if you really want to hunt a lot as your profile says, please don't waste your money on such a caliber. Ruger has so many more suitable calibers available.I know there are so many tried-and-true calibers out there... but I would love to see how this relatively new round does on African game
I agree. The problem with the .450 Bushmaster is that it uses .452 caliber pistol bullets not .458 rifle bullets. So you're limited to bullets that can be used in the .460 S&W Magnum or .454 casull. For fun you can shoot any .451-.452 bullets including cast. But the Sectional Density on all the jacketed bullets you will find for it is abysmal and they are all almost universally designed to work at 1,200-1,800 fps. Not at 2,200 fps. They tend to come apart. This is born out by the use of these bullets in a modern muzzleloader. They almost always over expand. not what I would stake a $15,000 trip on that's for sure.In .450 cal you want to shoot 500 or 550 gr bullets, if not buy a smaller caliber.
Thanks for the advice. I don’t know anybody who owns a .450 bushmaster and I had heard a couple good things about it and I was curious.Young Man if you really want to hunt a lot as your profile says, please don't waste your money on such a caliber. Ruger has so many more suitable calibers available.
Now, try reading and researching the huge wealth of knowledge on this site. A lot of the questions you may wish to ask have likely been addressed already.
And if you are really just looking for some kind of "kick" from a big bore gun, let us know what general region of Texas you spend most of your time being lost in and one of us just may may help arrange to let you shoot one of our true big bore African hunting calibers. If the logistics work out, I'll let you shoot one of my 505 Gibbs guns sometime... And if you like, even explain how. Or let you take a shot first, and then explain it to you
I have seen you called a Troll a couple times already, and by some very respected members..... Yet so many of us give lip service to wanting young hunters recruited and brought into the sport. So do a nice introduction (maybe I missed it?) and maybe go to the jobs thread and tell us about what you do. Tell us more about yourself, and do more research before asking some of the redundant questions, and then perhaps you can come back with more of your own questions. If you are for real, many on here will want to help you succeed.