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    Boolit Bub
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    cast 454 bullets

    I was given several thousand 454 dia lead heads.Is it ok to use them in my older model ruger vaquero?

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    Load one dummy round with the 454 bullet and see if it will fit your gun.
    If it fit load 12 and shoot then.
    If ok load the rest.

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    Will the bullets pass through the cylinder throats. That would be my first test.

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    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^
    In fact the uber-tight Ruger throat might not even permit
    the cartridge to even fully enter the cylinder at all.


    Note the red note at top right of page below.
    (And this was w/ a .452-sized SWC.)
    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...=1#post4847843
    postscript: This was a New Vaquero. Same cylinder reaming req'd on my full-up`72 3-screw

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    Yup the revolvers throats determine diameter cause the bullets that exit them are "SIZED"

    So its THE FIRST and most important step when selecting a bullet and or building a accurate revolver.

    YES, ABSOLUTELY, you can have a small throat and a fat barrel and you will be rewarded with leading and ZERO ACCURACY.

    Good luck

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    I can only say, if you are gonna shoot lead bullets, get a micrometer. "Push through", "drop through", "tight", "loose" are not measurements and can mean most anything. If you are going to shoot cast lead, learn to slug a barrel and measure throats. None are difficult and will eliminate a lot of "OOPS!" or "D**n it!" results.
    My Anchor is holding fast!

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    Well........ with the zillions of the unwashed who might want to shoot cast but have not the forehead yet annointed.......

    Cylinder puuuush through with pencil eraser = "Probably Good"
    No-Go = (well) "No Go"
    Flop Through = Probably "Not Good"

    Ya gotta start somewhere.

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    Or with just a W.A.G....
    My Anchor is holding fast!

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    ^^^^ What mehavey said.^^^^
    If a 41 won't stop it, I wouldn't bet my life on a 44.

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