Loading data for the .450 Black Powder Express

Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders & Black Powder' started by miroflex, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. miroflex

    miroflex AH Member

    Jun 27, 2012
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    Hi all,

    Has any member loaded the .450 3 1/4" Black Powder Express cartridge and is loading data available? From where can one buy the equipment and components? Are bullet moulds available for casting bullets? If not, is there any method of having a mould made?


  2. adam12

    adam12 AH Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2013
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    .450 BPE loads

    Hello, New member here. First of all, do yourself a HUGE favor and buy this book: SHOOTING THE BRITISH DOUBLE RIFLE by Graeme Wright. Buy the THIRD EDITION. that's important as it's crammed with so much more information than his earlier editions.

    I've got an Alex Henry .450 3 1/4". Back action, hammers and a Jones Under lever I've found a great load for it, albeit a Nitro-for-Black one. It loves 48 grs H1498 and a Hornady 300 gr soft point. I know what you're thinking: the jacketed bullet will eat up the bores but I've found it just isn't so. That said, I still want to try cast bullets once I get a mould.

    A BP load for all these BPE's is of course the Holy Grail, but I've found it frustrating to work up a really good load. Which doesn't mean I've given up on it, it just means I have to dedicate some serious time. I've got a few .500 BPE's as well.

    Good luck with yours, and if you do find a good BP load Please share! By the way, could you share some details on your .450?

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