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My hunting revolver(s) journey And how I got into Large Bore Revolvers (44 Mag and up)

CDR_Glock Sep 8, 2017

  1. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I was always a 357 Magnum guy, at the most. I love my 627 8 shot 357 Performance Center and 586 L-Comp 7 shot.


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    I never thought I would go beyond it. I'm not a flincher but I didn't want to develop one with the bigger calibers.


    Now I already only shoot 357 Magnums in a Snubby but my friend warmed me up to 38 +P, too. So I have alternated, on occasions. My carry is a Kimber K6S with 158 gr JHP as a backup to my Glock 19 MOS.


    One day I saw a S&W 629 at a gun show. I told my friend about it and said, "Don't be surprised if I got it." He gave me an offer I couldn't refuse, his 44, a red dot, a reloading press and reloading supplies....it was an offer I couldn't refuse. Particularly for how much he offered it for.


    My first big bore was my friend's S&W PC 629 Hunter. Great trigger. Shooting with a red dot is child's play. Problem with high magnification scopes is the accentuated drift with higher power. I prefer 1X. My friend gave me his Dillon 450 progressive, along with supplies, with the 629 and red dot. I took to it very well, and recoil wasn't bad. Not like a 357 Magnum Snubby.


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    I traded a rifle for my first Ruger Big Bore. It was a SRH 454 Casull. It handles recoil very easily. I only load 454 Casull into it. Some people like to just shoot Colt 45/+P. I then moved up to the Smith 500 Magnum. I love the power and my favorite load is Hornady XTP 350 gr. Reading about the flatter shooting 460 XVR I decided to acquire that, also. Flat shooter out to 200 yards with a 200 gr bullet.


    I started reloading for these guys in a single stage Hornady Lock N Load. I did get three different powder measures for each large bore: 454 Casull, 460 and the 500 Magnum.


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    Wanting something as a bear defensive gun, too, I was torn between the Alaskan and Toklat, so I got both, in 454 Casull.


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    Seeing that I can handle the large bores, I wanted a 44 Snubby. Just for fun in the lighter 240 gr loads, but it can handle hot Buffalo Bore 44, too.


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    So here I am, now....


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    It all started LAST FALL when he sold me my first 44 Magnum.


    If you can handle a 357 Snubby, and you don't flinch. You can handle virtually any other caliber, in my opinion.
     
  2. markandrex

    markandrex Thunderstruck Brigade Member

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    Damn doc, those are some serious "hand cannons"!!!!
     
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  3. Ryanol

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    I've only shot 44 magnum once, it's wasn't too bad. Never shot 454 or 500 but it seems pretty crazy.
     
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  4. BowtownBlade

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    Nice collection ! I rented the S&W 500 6" barrel at my local range. It was fun to shoot.
     
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  5. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    It's easier to handle than you think. I did a rapid fire of 44 Magnum on my 629 Snubby. It's all about the technique.
     
  6. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Which grain of bullet did you shoot?

    350 gr is pleasant to me. I am looking for a decent bear load in 440 gr.

    500 gr, is unpleasant. I'd love to try 700 gr just to experience it. I'd guess it would be intolerable beyond 2 cylinders.
     
  7. BowtownBlade

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    I am not sure, a friend and myself was at the range and we wanted to try the 500, it was what the shop sold us, probably the smaller gr or I should say whatever would be the cheapest for them !
    My friend shot it once, said that was enough for him. I finished off the rest. I do not know much about the large caliber revolvers, all that I own in the way of revolvers are two S&W 38 Airweights.
     
  8. hickory

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    Makes me want a .44mag bulldog....
     
  9. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    My gateway to the large calibers was the 44 Magnum. Yes, there are bear defense loads for it. 300+ grain 44 Magnum +P. Even a 45 Colt has a bear defense Load, 45+P 300+ grains. 357 Magnum has a 180 gr load. Obviously the 454 and 500 also have bear defense ammo.


    The 454 Casull 5" Toklat has the best blend of what I have for power, balance, accuracy, ballistics. It tames the mighty 454 and is easier to carry.


    The 500 depending upon grain and Load has more power. The 460 has the greatest velocity of all of these. I reserve the 460 for hunting. The Toklat or Alaskan for defense against bear or other aggressive animals.


    I have a Universal chest carry rig, Grovtec Carry Holster. I got it for the Toklat and for the Alaskan (not simultaneously). I checked today, and it acommodates for all except my S&W 460 XVR 460, since I have an Ultradot Matchdot which does not clear the safety strap. It's an adjustable nylon holster with a mesh back. More comfortable than a leather holster.


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  10. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I added a spare red dot onto my latest acquisition, a Ruger Super Redhawk 44 Magnum.[​IMG]



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  11. jimmyjo

    jimmyjo Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    SWEET, you go in full bore. I've love that.
     
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  12. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I love my Rugers just a very well made gun,, have and trophys for it ?
     
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  13. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I just want to put some meat into the freezer. I live on a property with 3-4 different groups of Venison, I mean deer. Funny how the damn turkey strut in my land, all the way until open season before they become scarce. The fuckers!
     

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