.458 socom? Research

TugarTugar Senior MemberPosts: 1,668 Senior Member
Just doing some research for a writing exercise. I see the few things in Wiki and some rather bland youtube. Anyone have personal experience with it? Kind of pricing but interesting at least. 
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,668 Senior Member
    edited June 29 #2
    Nobody? The write up for the 458 Socom and the 450 Bushmaster make them seem to be pretty close. The biggest difference I see is that the 458 takes rifle bullets with the 600 grain being subsonic. One heckuva sledge hammer. Probably easier to find the heavier 45 bullet. 
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,262 Senior Member
    Sorry I have zero experience with either but I’ll give you a bump.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,333 Senior Member
    Sorry no help here, I went with the Beowulf for my thumper because .458, well it just ain’t a .50!
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,616 Senior Member
    Don't have any experience with either. But given the choice, and in a bolt action rifle, I'd go with the .458 SOCOM just on bullet selection choice. The .458 SOCOM and the .450 Bushmaster ballistics are pretty close with the bullets used. Depends on what use you would put it to, as both are decent ballistically for most any hog, deer, or bear hunting within 200 yards.
    For me, it would be sort of redundant, as I have Remington rolling block, Sharps rifle and carbine, and a Ruger #1 all chambered in .45-70. But I wouldn't kick a short action bolt rifle out of the safe in either chambering. :D
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  • FFLshooterFFLshooter Member Posts: 416 Member
    All I know is that they batter the hell out of a lower in an AR.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,293 Senior Member
    timc said:
    Sorry no help here, I went with the Beowulf for my thumper because .458, well it just ain’t a .50!
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,668 Senior Member
    One of the biggest reasons I am leaning more towards the 458 is that with 500 and 600 grain bullets, It's subsonic. A can at the end would be very interesting. A nearly silent Mjolnir . (Thor's hammer)
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    I've thought about both quite a bit, I want a big bore AR and have a couple lowers waiting around for a purpose. 

    I think the 450 would be cheaper to run over all. The 458 uses rifle bullets and unless you go cast, most of the bullets are going to cost more than .452 bullets, which are sold cheap in bulk for pistols. Well, 405's are pretty reasonable. Either requires buying brass. And dies. But IIRC the 458 can run on standard magazines, but the 450 requires magazines from Bushmaster. I could be wrong. Something about a straight wall case that spaces on the rim always turned me off from the 450 as well. Don't know why, works just fine on pistols, but the bottle neck 458 just SEEMS better to me, for absolutely no scientific reason. 

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,668 Senior Member
    Plus I just saw the Wilson Combat 458 HAM'R. Basically a 458 Socom Improved with the shoulder blown out to increase case capacity just a bit enough that the HAM'R won't chamber in a SOCOM rifle. 

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,637 Senior Member
    I haven't bought or made one, yet.  It appears the round puts significantly greater stress on the bolt lugs than others and you can get bolt failures if you shoot them a  lot.  there are some "overbuilt" .458 SOCOM bolts out there.

    In addition, it appears to be a finicky round for reliability, and it  is widely written that you should get  a complete gun and not try to build one to get it all tuned together.  ( I want to build one, but I have been discouraged ).

    I keep toying with the idea.  If you want a hard hitting .45, the .45-70 is it.  I believe this would be an excellent sub-sonic round, but that's not in my toy box.

    D
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    BigDan - 

    Interesting, who was driving you away from the 458? I haven't delved WAY too much into it. The 375 SOCOM looked real interesting too (Since I have lots of .375 bullets already) but that didn't seem to take off like the 458 did. I guess it makes sense though, and really a lot of these big bores are relatively new-ish, guess we are just seeing the long term reliability now. 

    What did your sources say about buying say, a complete upper? Still better to buy the whole rifle?
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,637 Senior Member
    BigDan - 

    Interesting, who was driving you away from the 458? I haven't delved WAY too much into it. The 375 SOCOM looked real interesting too (Since I have lots of .375 bullets already) but that didn't seem to take off like the 458 did. I guess it makes sense though, and really a lot of these big bores are relatively new-ish, guess we are just seeing the long term reliability now. 

    What did your sources say about buying say, a complete upper? Still better to buy the whole rifle?
    No one review or thread has pushed me away from it.  In aggregate, I keep finding bits and pieces of people finding issues with lower end makers, home built guns, etc,  I refuse to invest $2000 in an AR style gun, but I won't invest $700 either if it isn't going to reliable for me.  Not sure if just an upper will do, either.  Just not enough reliable info out there for me to go ahead and make one, and too expensive to buy a name brand one.

    D
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