May 1998

Freedom Arms Model 454: Still Best .454 Casull Revolver

However, we also felt the much less expensive Taurus Model 454 Raging Bull double action revolver was worth the money.

About forty years ago, Dick Casull, together with one Jack Fulmer, developed the .454 Casull. Originally known as the .454 Magnum Revolver, the cartridge began life in solid-base .45 Long Colt brass. Today the .454 Casull case is a tenth of an inch longer than Colt brass, precluding its use in guns that can’t take its exceptionally high pressure. Make no mistake, the .454 Casull is a hot cartridge with but one purpose: handgun hunting.

Okay, some will want to use it on silhouettes, but the great power of the .454 isn’t needed in that game. It sure isn’t the best plinking cartridge. The .454 offers lots of security for those who want a powerful handgun where bears are a problem, though it...

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