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Old 10-19-2019, 8:21 AM
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I've hunted with a .454 Casual, but only did that once. For me, the real value of .44s and 500s and other high recoil handguns (a T/C Contender chambered in .445 Supermag is the worst recoiling gun I've ever owned) is to use them as training tools to learn / relearn how to deal with recoil.

If you can shoot a 500 S&W without anticipating the recoil, a .40 S&W or 9mm feels like a cap gun. It teaches you the importance of a strong grip, smooth trigger pull and follow through. If you can consistently hit your target with full bore 500 SW loads, you can hit your target with nearly every handgun.

One caveat. Do not let the gun hurt you. If you do get hurt, revert to shooting .22s until you convince your mind that shooting will not hurt you then work up slowly to the big bores.
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Old 10-19-2019, 3:43 PM
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Unlike you tough guys I don't measure myself against other men by what caliber of gun they shoot, I use a ruler like we did in jr high school
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Old 10-19-2019, 3:44 PM
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Wait till you try the BFR .45-70... What’s the point? Exactly.
That was my same philosophy in picking up a Desert Eagle in .50 AE a few months ago. I haven't gotten to the range with it yet, but I am still marvelling in its' obnoxiousness.
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Old 10-19-2019, 4:27 PM
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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?

Perhaps the grip was not right for your hand. For myself, in a S&W 6", I preferred the .41 magnum. The main draw back from my perspective, is the lack of ammunition choices compared to the .357 & .44.
Occasionally this loading shows up for sale for those who don't reload and want to practice some with a reduced power .41 load
https://www.grafs.com/catalog/category/categoryId/4495
https://www.venturamunitions.com/ven...mmo-50-rounds/
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Old 10-19-2019, 5:43 PM
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Maybe this grip style:
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Old 10-19-2019, 5:43 PM
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Am I the only guy that gets "satire" ?
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Am I the only guy that gets "satire" ?
See post above yours...
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PSSHHT! Ya bunch a WEICHEI!
Here’s MY new conceal carry gun!

It’s an “88” MAGNUM!
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My 5" 460 is probably the most fun out of any gun I own. The recoil doesnt bother me, its like shootin guns and blowing up fireworks at the same time, I see stars and eagles and bombs bursting in air, makes me go misty eyed thinking of lady liberty.

My 8" 29-2 44 is a kitten in comparison, nice wide trigger, clean break, easy management, accurate, and still draws attention at the indoor range.
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I've got a Ruger Alaskan In 44 mag . I Carry once and a while. Usually My Glocks in 10mm are my Woods Carry pieces. I also own a 500 mag and Desert Eagle in 44mag/50 A.E.
But when I took the Desert Eagle to Livermore once it shut down the range.
Throw a Underwood 500mag 700 grain round down range once ,If you get a chance. In a 5inch ported Pistol . Talk about wow.

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I bought a 44 Super Blackhawk years ago and it had Pachmayr grips on it. Not a big deal to shoot it as once you do, you know what to expect as you practice with it. I always wanted some original grips for it, and found a guy at a gun show who was a Ruger specialist, and after talking a bit, he produced a box with a number of the original wood grips and said to take a set.

I swapped them out just to see the difference, and when we went to go shoot it in this original form, there was quite a bit of difference. The smaller wood grips allowed the recoil to smack my finger behind the trigger guard and made the gun less enjoyable to shoot. immediately swapped the grips back to the Pachmayrs. Minor change, but huge difference in that larger caliber.
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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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I have a 44 mag Ruger Redhawk that came to me with Pachmyr presentation rubber grips and enjoy it. 44 Special is nice, and adequate for home defense. 44 Mag is harsh but tameable and great for back-country defense against large critters.

I previously owned a 629 and it was a troubled relationship from the start. It looked terrible to me with the factory rubber grips. So I swapped out for some classic "coke bottle" wood grips which looked fantastic. Unfortunately I couldn't shoot it for beans with the wood, no grip, kept shifting in my hand under recoil and biting my thumb with the cylinder release. I'm not shy of recoil per se, but if you can't manage the gun with the wood grips and can't stand how it looks with decent rubber grips, Houston, we have a problem. Eventually sold it.

BTW the Redhawk is still one of my favorite and most trusted handguns. YMMV.
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:46 AM
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you can always shoot some 44 Special rounds if the magnum is too much...
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My very first firearm was a Ruger Redhawk 5 1/2" barrel in .44 Mag
It was uncomfortable to shoot after I broke my wrist so I sold it and regretted it immediately. Took a few years to find another and it was like old home week.
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Geez. Better stick to "safe and sane" fireworks.
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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?
Wrong stocks, most likely. Pachmeyer Presentstions or Herrett’s Jordan Troopers will do the trick.

The point is versatility through power. I was looking at ammo tonight with velocities ranging from 750 to 1600 FPS. Bullet weights were 180 to 340 grains. I saw a 300 grain load at 1230 FPS. Such loads will take large game. Lighter loads are good for practice and self defense. 357 Magnum doesn’t come close but is still useful for many similar game animals.

I carry my 44 with magnums when I am far from pavement. I use lighter magnums when on pavement. If I think I need more speed, I use light 44 Magnum or hot 44 Special. You can get 44 Special that performs like 45 ACP or you can get hot 44 Spl that beats it. All those choices allow me to tailor my ammo for the task.

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My favorite 44 magnum load is a fast stepping 180 grain JHP. It’s a max load of AA9, magnum primer, capped with Sierra or Hornady bullet. It’s laser accurate out of my Ruger SBH and DEagle. It’s 100% reliable out of the DEagle. It will shoot under 3” group at 100 yards out of my TC Contender.
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Don't ever fire a 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. That was actually unpleasant when I did that.
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I am guessing OP has a couple of factors that may contribute to discomfort:
1.) Poor grip
2.) small hands (poor grip) or freakish large hands improper grip
3.) bad stance, bad arm position
4.) Too tense, tight grip but relax self
5.) monster full house loads with heavy bullet
7.) poor muscle tone in arms, hands (don't have to be a "man") just reasonable shape
8.) lack of familiarity - scared


Ok then there is the slight possibility of wimp snowflakish tendencies I am "mature" guy, not big, not super macho I can shoot easily 50 plus rounds of stout .44 in my trusty 629 six inch barrel with little side effect... its just about being a bit relaxed about it.
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I picked up a S&W Model 69, "Combat Magnum" (???WTH that means??) My first outing I shot a full box ( 50) of 240 gr .44 Magnums at 1450 fps. I was a little tender for a few days after, and also bruised.
I have friends who refuse to shoot it, it's not for everyone, that's for sure.
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I am guessing OP has a couple of factors that may contribute to discomfort:
1.) Poor grip
2.) small hands (poor grip) or freakish large hands improper grip
3.) bad stance, bad arm position
4.) Too tense, tight grip but relax self
5.) monster full house loads with heavy bullet
7.) poor muscle tone in arms, hands (don't have to be a "man") just reasonable shape
8.) lack of familiarity - scared
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9.) Sense of Yuma?
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I remember the first time I shot my S&W 29. It was an eye opener and I do still like to shoot it with 44 special mixed in the 44 magnum rounds it keeps you awake for sure.
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