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Anyone Shoot a .450 Bushmaster?

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Garth Reckner, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    I am just finishing up building an AR in 450 Bushmaster. Why? Because I don't have one and we can now use them in Ohio for deer season. I have never shot one and even though the build is done my ammo order doesn't arrive til Monday. Any of you familiar with the 450? I have heard that it has a bit of recoil but that came from a friend that thinks a .308 kicks too much so I am taking his statement with a grain of salt.

    What is recoil actually like? Have you found a bullet weight that works better than others? Is it rough on optics? I see Leupold is making a 450 Bushmaster calibrated scope. May try one out even though I have yet to be impressed with caliber specific scopes. Not like deer season around here requires much of an optic as it is all short range (almost always under 150yards), so may go with some sort of red dot. What do you guys think?

    Just looking for info from those who may have some experience with them.

  2. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    I have friends that have been hunting pigs in Texas with them. Solid package. Similar to the 305gr 45-70 but you can use pointy bullets so it should have more range. I really don't know how many loads there are, but it puts the hogs down hard.
  3. Twiztids4

    Twiztids4 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 17, 2014
    Never shot the 450 Bushmaster but I have built several .50 Beowulf’s. That’s the biggest caliber you can have in an AR15 without stepping up to the AR10 platform. Very similar recoil to a semi auto 12 gauge. It also happens that a 10 round Beowulf magazine is the same as a 30 round mag for your 5.56 for those of you who are still living behind enemy lines in a liberal/communist state.
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  4. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    It's actually pretty comfortable... I think you're gonna be happy!!!

    Congrats on the build.:thumbsup:
  5. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Man.... 450 Bushmaster. 458 SOCOM. 50 Beowulf. I feel a need for a big bore AR comin’ on...
  6. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    Guy at work has one, I shot it. As with anything AR, because it's so lite you feel the thump but it wasn't unpleasant- The boom was quite typical of a big bore straight wall, all over in a millisecond :D
  7. azwelke

    azwelke azwelke.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 12, 2007
    Sounds like fun :)
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  8. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Keep in mind Stump enjoys sighting in a .458 Lott before breakfast...just sayin’. :D
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  9. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    So this falls in the category of 'just because I can'?

    Not that there's anything wrong with that...
  10. Will perkins

    Will perkins Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    The 450 recoil is like a push more than a kick. I have a ruger American ranch rife in 450 bushmaster and love it, I use it for 150 yds and less for t-Rex hunting :cool:
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  11. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
  12. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Jeez Will, you type it in a way that makes it sound like it's ODD to shoot Lott's before breakfast.

    The poor little plinker.... always getting a bad rap!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  13. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
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  14. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Correct me if I’m wrong but with 350 gr TSX bullets @ 2750 fps I believe that poor little plinker generates over twice the muzzle energy of a .450 Bushmaster?:D

    Just sayin’...;)
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  15. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Yeah, that could be the reason I've been shooting the 17 Hornet a bunch more lately. More bang(s) for the buck per lb of powder and no whiplash the morning after.:D:D:D
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  16. dman62

    dman62 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    I have a .458 SOCOM with no brake and it's about like a 20 gauge semi auto. I suspect the Bushmaster is pretty close in recoil. You'll have a great time with that I imagine!
  17. Freedom Pullo

    Freedom Pullo Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2015
    I have loaded the boat tailed .452 FTX instead of 250 gr jacketed lead for 454 Casull. It shot alright out of a S&W 460 X frame :D
    I think there is a little more flip than push when compared to 300-400 gr. There is mush less drop with the boat tailed FTX
  18. hydeinmind

    hydeinmind Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    I have one. Whenever I feel like getting kicked by a mule I pull it out lol! Better then that first cup of coffee or Mountain Dew! Guy I bought it from used it to hunt buffalo! I thought I might try elk with it someday. I used my 308 or 556 for deer though for better range and less kick. Lucky in Kansas we can hunt with any center-fire cartridge! :D:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  19. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Thanks for the info everyone. Just waiting for optics now.

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  20. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    Garth, got a cute story for you - Had a customer come in and we ended up talking about deer hunting somehow. He was pretty proud of his daughters hunting skills and began showing me pictures of their kills hanging up - I noticed they all used AR's, he said that's because they are lite and the adjustable stocks were perfect for his little girls - They were 450 Bushmasters LOL! His girls are 9 and 11 :D ` I think you can handle this ;)
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