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Old 10-17-2019, 6:54 PM
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Default I shot a .44 magnum today, and almost blowed my hand clean off :)

It turns out I'm a revo guy, and in the last 10 months I've bought three of them. A 686+ four inch .38, a 627 PC five inch .38, and a 929 six inch 9mm.

I've probably shot seven or eight thousand rounds in that time. In fact I shot in the Arizona State Revolver Championship last month https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/....php?t=1565002

Today at The Firing Line in Huntington Beach my buddy shows up with a 629. My double action triggers are light, but his had to be 12 pounds.

I'm shooting a 158gr bullet going 800fps, he's shooting a 240gr bullet going 1350fps.

I loaded up six, and pulled the trigger, ka-FRIGGIN-boom. I did that twice more, then I was done.

So I guess my question is, what's the point?
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What kind of self proclaimed “revo guy” doesn’t like a 629? This is like when my dad sold all of his Kawasaki’s and replaced them with Harleys and was like “cops just don’t get my lifestyle.”
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Shooting range time I found 44 special is the way to go with the 44 mag. At least for me, I mix in a few magnum rounds to not forget the difference.
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For once, I agree with YSR...

I prefer 22 target pistols, 9mm in a full size steel duty pistol, 38 special in a 6” 357 revolver, but then again I just shoot paper and steel at the range. I don’t want to get pushed around plinking at the range, makes it less enjoyable and costs more $.
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My 98 pound daughter will shoot about 50 rounds. Not quite full house loads, but still Stout, before calling it quits. Smith 629, 6.5 inch barrel. She doesn't like the 300 grain Buffalo bore, or the 240 grain bear loads.
She also shoots the Glock 20, 10 mm I handload pretty Stout.
Everyone is different. My daughter is not normal either.
Everytime I squeeze that 629 I get all giddy with a big ear to ear grin. H110 gives great fireballs too.
Maybe try some lighter loads. Then work your way up?
44 isn't that large anymore. There's the 460 and 500 mag, as well as those 458 and 4570 bfr! Now those would be a handful

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Did I say 158gr going 800fps? I meant 158gr going 200fps
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I like boomers. My favorite is 454 casull in a 4 inch barrel. The S&w 500 in 2 inch is fun also
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Man, I love the 44. I've got a redhawk loaded at 240gr bullets going 1550 fps and it's pure joy. I've got at least 2000-3000 rounds through it so far. It's always in my range bag. So flat shooting and it bangs steel real good.
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It turns out I'm a revo guy, and in the last 10 months I've bought three of them. A 686+ four inch .38, a 627 PC five inch .38, and a 929 six inch 9mm.

I've probably shot seven or eight thousand rounds in that time. In fact I shot in the Arizona State Revolver Championship last month https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/....php?t=1565002

Today at The Firing Line in Huntington Beach my buddy shows up with a 629. My double action triggers are light, but his had to be 12 pounds.

I'm shooting a 158gr bullet going 800fps, he's shooting a 240gr bullet going 1350fps.

I loaded up six, and pulled the trigger, ka-FRIGGIN-boom. I did that twice more, then I was done.

So I guess my question is, what's the point?
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The point is, I took a black bear a couple years back with my 629.
That’s the point.

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Your getting old and soft OP...

As some mentioned..big bangs fire some folks rockets...
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In my yute, I had a super Blackhawk in .44 mag. Loved it, and it kicked pretty damn good to. One time I decided to shoot a whole box (50) of 44 mags. Got about half way through the box and my hands got real shakey. Big boom fun, but sometimes you have to moderate.
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....So I guess my question is, what's the point?
Heard of Elmer Keith? Didn't think so.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Keith
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Growing up my best friend’s dad had a Super Blackhawk hated shooting it as a teenager because of the awkward cowboy grip. They had it for hiking in Montana where there are still Grizzlies

My brothers got a desert eagle that’s a lot nicer to shoot imo but it’s so damn heavy. A box and I’m done. My only .44 mag is my wife’s lever action Rossi 92. That’s enough .44 mag for me. Since I don’t live amongst Grizzlies a .357 is just fine.
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"Da Bears."

And to clarify , it was originally a round for hunting bigger game with a handgun.

It's actually an interestin a story of how Ruger tried to jump the gun on Smith & Wesson's new big gun and with the cartridge that Remington had developed based on and loads of a famous shooter and hunter Elmer Keith and why we don't have a .45 Magnum today.......



" The .44 Magnum cartridge was the end result of years of tuned handloading of the .44 Special. The .44 Special, and other large-bore handgun cartridges, were being loaded with heavy bullets, pushed at higher than normal velocities for better hunting performance. One of these handloaders was Elmer Keith, a writer and outdoorsman of the 20th century.

Keith settled on the .44 Special cartridge as the basis for his experimentation, rather than the larger .45 Colt. At the time, the selection of .44 caliber projectiles for handloaders was more varied, and the .44 Special's brass was thicker and stronger than the dated .45 Colt case. Also, the .44 Special case was smaller in diameter than the .45 Colt case. In revolvers of the same cylinder size, this meant that the .44 caliber revolvers had thicker, and thus stronger, cylinder walls than the .45. This allowed higher pressures to be used with less risk of a burst cylinder.

Keith encouraged Smith & Wesson and Remington to produce a commercial version of this new high-pressure loading, and revolvers chambered for it. Smith & Wesson's first .44 Magnum revolver, the Model 29, was built on December 15, 1955, and the gun was announced to the public on January 19, 1956 for a price of US$140 [* But that's without a tip] .

Julian Hatcher (technical editor of American Rifleman) and Keith received two of the first production models. Hatcher's review of the new Smith & Wesson revolver and the .44 Magnum cartridge appeared in the March, 1956 issue of the magazine. Smith & Wesson produced 3,100 of these revolvers in 1956.

By the summer of 1956, Sturm, Ruger became aware of this project and began work on a single action Blackhawk revolver for the new .44 Magnum cartridge. A popular rumor says a Ruger employee found a cartridge case marked ".44 Remington Magnum" and took it to Bill Ruger, while another says a Remington employee provided Ruger with early samples of the ammunition. Ruger began shipping their new revolver in late November, 1956. "

And now you know the rest of the story.


For you ysr racer, just ask to only shoot .44 specials in it next time because just like your parents told you,
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Whats the point, well it would depend to who. I use a Red Hawk .44 Mag and it's probably one of my favorites, it's a very versatile caliber. Shot loads for snakes or small game at close range .44 spl. for game or protection and when I want more horse power I load it up with my 300 gr. mag loads. Even with the heavy loads my Red Hawk is a pleasure to shoot. A serious hand gun for serious stuff.
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I usually warm up with 44 mag 240 grain at 1425 FPS, then shoot some 300 grain 454 Casull at 1600+ FPS. If I’m feeling more adventurous I shoot the TC Contender with 405 grain hardcast loads at 1400 FPS.
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Not a .44 Mag fan, I prefer the .45 Long Colt My go to loads are a 270 LBT @ 1100 and a 335 LBT @ 1275 out of my Bisley.


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It turns out I'm a lightweight revo guy, and in the last 10 months I've bought three of them. A 686+ four inch .38, a 627 PC five inch .38, and a 929 six inch 9mm.
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Bought an older Super Blackhawk earlier this year in .44 mag. It's a hoot with full power magnums, but I fell in love with handloaded .44 special. They feel just right and I can shoot them with much better accuracy than magnums.

Would love to someday hunt with the magnums though.
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I don't even like shooting 357 mag, so a 44 mag? No thanks.
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Every couple months I "KA BOOM" with my .44 revolver. Every time my adrenaline shoot up to my brain, oh man what a feeling.
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Won't need a calculator to add up the points on the OP's October 2019 Man-Card.
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I'm 66, have pretty severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, and still enjoy a good session with my 29 8 3/8" barrel, and my Ruger Super Alaskan in .454 Casull.
I'm a little sore next couple days in my wrist, but not all that bad.
I load for them so I back it down a bit.
Big Bores aren't for everybody, when I bought my 29 back in 1977 it came with a 50 round box of ammo with six rounds expended. Wasn't the sellers cup of tea.
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Heard of Elmer Keith? Didn't think so.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Keith
The guy that always says, "Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits"?

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It turns out I'm a revo guy, and in the last 10 months I've bought three of them. A 686+ four inch .38, a 627 PC five inch .38, and a 929 six inch 9mm.

I've probably shot seven or eight thousand rounds in that time. In fact I shot in the Arizona State Revolver Championship last month https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/....php?t=1565002

Today at The Firing Line in Huntington Beach my buddy shows up with a 629. My double action triggers are light, but his had to be 12 pounds.

I'm shooting a 158gr bullet going 800fps, he's shooting a 240gr bullet going 1350fps.

I loaded up six, and pulled the trigger, ka-FRIGGIN-boom. I did that twice more, then I was done.

So I guess my question is, what's the point?
The point of a .44 Magnum is to get prepared and ready for bigger and better things. A .44 Magnum is like training wheels for when you get to shoot a .454 Casull
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Try a .500 S&W next. I shot my friend's once, it snapped my wrist pretty good but it was fun. Friggin hand cannon. Only got to shoot it once because the rounds were so expensive and hard for him to get where he lived. My little aluminum Taurus j frame clone hurts. Feels like sombody wacking your palm with a metal bar wrapped in rubber.
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I don't even like shooting 357 mag, so a 44 mag? No thanks.
I don't know if its just me, but I find the 44 mag easier to shoot than 357 mag. I feel like the 357 is louder as well.

This is comparing factory remington 240gr 44 mag in a redhawk 5" vs armscor 158 gr 357 mag in both a smith m28-2 6" and a gp-100 4". I've read that the armscor is a pretty hot 357 round, but not sure if the remington is as well for a 44 mag. Rubber pachmayr grips on all three.

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Wait till you try the BFR .45-70... What’s the point? Exactly.
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Love my 44 but not shooting the mags anymore. The 44 specials are enough for the fire breathing dragoon.
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It's always good to review how you hold a gun. See:
http://www.shootingusa.com/PRO_TIPS/.../miculek2.html

Notably, this section, and read it in Jerry Miculek's voice:
"All the grip techniques that we discussed here are good up to about a 200 power factor. Now we are going to take this Smith and Wesson 500 Magnum with a 640 power factor and show you the grip technique that I use to shoot this. One of the key things that I do different when I shoot a power factor this heavy, I want to get the revolver a little bit higher in my hand and the reason for that is if I get it down really too low, its going to beat me up. So I’m going to let the gun torque a little bit and let it jump. I’m going to have the revolver just a little bit higher, about half an inch, grab it just like I did the other revolvers, and pull it straight back. Now, Jim, I going to close this lesson with the biggest and the best. WOO!"

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Try a .500 S&W next. I shot my friend's once, it snapped my wrist pretty good but it was fun. Friggin hand cannon. Only got to shoot it once because the rounds were so expensive and hard for him to get where he lived. My little aluminum Taurus j frame clone hurts. Feels like sombody wacking your palm with a metal bar wrapped in rubber.
I have a friend that bought one. Then he spent a small fortune on a Leupold scope for it. The .500 ruined the scope after 20 rounds. I shot the thing once just to say I have done it. He got the scope back from Leupold and hasn't shot it since.
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Old 10-18-2019, 5:08 AM
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Metal targets at 100 yards love the 44 mag. My 44 mag forcing a high note off that 100 yard target is what helps make life worth living. All lessor handguns struggle at the 100 yard target. Hell a 45 is like lobbing a football at the 100yrd target.
The 44 mag is my favorite sidearm. It’s a man’s man gun.

You must be joking- as my wife’s favorite gun in her 50’s was my S&W 500.

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