Making 480 Achilles cartridges

Jim Taylor
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 15:48 (8 days ago)

I cut 100 .45 Colts to a bit over .930" today. I used a tubing cutter, holding the cartridges between small oak boards in my vise.

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Once they were cut I then had to expand them so the cutter guide would center them.

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My next step will be to trim them to .900". Once they are chamfered and deburred I will prime them and load them.

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I have 2 bullets I will load .. the blunt flatnose bullet and the roundnose bullet.

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Nice work, but I gotta ask,

Grover Sr
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 16:29 (8 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

Since I'm not familiar with 480 Achilles. What are you shooting them out of? You appear to be one heck of a ballistical articifer.

Undaunted

Curt
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 18:01 (8 days ago) @ Grover Sr

That's it! Thanks Curt.

Jim Taylor
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 19:47 (8 days ago) @ Curt

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The beauty of those old Outlaw's design is

WB
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Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:58 (7 days ago) @ Jim Taylor

that it's a basically standard .45 Colt cylinder and chassis with a .475 cal. barrel screwed on. It's a lot less invasive than a 5-shot conversion and custom cylinder. Plus that chassis could not easily handle the stress of all that much more power, IMO. (I delight at the FL shotshell snake load possibilities)

A little bird also told me that shooting regular .45 Colts with the .452" pills rattling down the .475 bore, it actually groups respectably at shorter ranges. I shot some .44-40 in my .45 Colt Vaquero by accident, 4-5" groups at 25 yds.! They were notably quieter.

If you like to play with something different and like to tinker, it makes perfect sense and is brilliant in my view. I read someplace that some guys read about the .480 Achilles and took it a step further using .475 LB /.480 Ruger brass and upping it to .50 cal. heel type bullet. I don't see the gain compared to the .480 Achilles but whatever floats your boat.

I'd love to see a .480 Achilles done with a 2" barrel, birdshead grip, and no ejector - storekeeper's model style. Maybe I just need to pony up!

Well now, that's most illuminating. These guys

Grover Sr
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 20:25 (8 days ago) @ Curt

Can never be criticized for having ifle minds or hands!

I am gonna add that to my name ..

Jim Taylor
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Friday, May 17, 2019, 07:30 (7 days ago) @ Grover Sr

Jim Taylor - Ballistical Artificer.
Have Dremel Tool.
Will Travel.

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