Recently I received some .454 Casull rounds and let me tell you, they are beasts. The round was developed in 1957 and is basically a redesigned .45 Long Colt and it is one of the most powerful handgun cartridges in production. I was looking for ballistics information on the .44 Magnum versus the .454 Casull and really could not find an easy to read chart. So let’s take the recent ammo which was HSM Bear Load with a 325 grain bullet a muzzle velocity of 1330 fps and a muzzle energy of 1277 ft-lb. Hornady has two flavors a 240 grain at 1900 fps and 1923 ft-lb and a 300 grain at 1650 fps and 1923 ft-lb. Contrast that 240 grain with their .44 Magnum which is only 1350 fps and 971 ft-lb and it becomes clear the .454 Casull is a powerful cartridge. With a 2 1/2″ barrel on a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan it will need every bit of the 44 ounce firearm weight to help manage the recoil. Here’s a YouTube of a much longer Ruger Super Redhawk and .45 Long Colt vs .454. Casull which you might enjoy.

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