But, seein as this here's a 44 Magnum...

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Rogeritall, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

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    Is it really like that ? I never fired anything bigger than a 45 acp....

    I have a bad hankerin for a 357 mag or a 44 mag, might be an age thing but in the 70's the 357 and 44 was the talk :cool:, the new calibers will never shine to me like the 357 mag and the 44 mag :cool:
  2. GunnyGene

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    Reloading is the best way to go with the .41, but I don't shoot it enough to justify getting the equipment to do it.
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    Was talking to the wife last night about really, really, stocking up on .44 bullets, and some other reloading items. The only way to go if you really want to shoot much at all.
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    45acp and 44 mag are almost no comparison... at least to me. 44mag is the largest ican reasonable 1 hand, for a limited number of shots. I can do 50ae.. but on a very limited bassis 1 hand.. and followup shots on 44m or 50ae are slow due to recoil. on 45acp, i can 1 hand all day and fast followup shots.

    a heavy 44m or 50ar firearm helps witht he recoil.. but makes the gun more unwieldly and again.. slow to put followup shots on paper..

    with anything.. I'm sure there are plenty of variables between people. someone with massive wrists and tree trunk sized arms may be able to 'wheelgun' a 44m all day with no problem.. etc.

    I know my 500swm is effectively a single shot revolver. it's a 2 handed , lean into it, kinda thing.. and follow up shot is measured in seconds.. probably 3 or so onthe first followup.. maybee slower on subsequent.. :)
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    Though I love the double action revolvers, but when you get to the .44 mag, and larger, double action revolvers are a waste of money. I can empty a .38 revolver in seconds, and hit what I'm shooting at. It takes longer to do the same with a double action .44 mag due to recoil.
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    i agree.. I can dump 4 of my 5 shots out of my tarus 85 or my smith 38 in the time ittakes to get 1 off in the larger ones.

    mind you.. as long as we are shooting accurately.. either will do it ;)

    the 44m is just not practical for me to 'carry' it's a colt anaconda.. so to 'carry' it I'd need a trench coat or something.. :)

    a 38 snubby I can pocket.. or paddle holster IWB.. etc..
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    After shooting my 44 mag my 357 seems like a 22. I can't believe how accurate this gun is. I don't need or want any gun more powerful than this.

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  8. Jackman

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    SoundGuy and Carver good reading and excellent comparison Carver on the 38 versus 44 :cool: I can relate my 1911 45acp versus the 1906 38acp 45 rapid fire all over the target board with 38 rapid firer much tighter pattern:D....

    i want and will get a 357 mag or 44 mag soon , looked at the 500 SW today nice piece and appears massive nut trying for an older Colt.
  9. Rogeritall

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    If I ever get another .357 Magnum, I would love to find a Colt Python with a six inch or so barrel. I had an older Dan Wesson .357mag (15-2 model I think?) with the eight inch barrel that had the vented rib, and under lug, but I had to sell it due to company lay off. Man I wish I had it back, I took my first whitetail deer with that revolver. But I've always had a hankering for a Colt Python. Maybe someday...

    Here's a photo of the Dan Wesson I had... Note the Deer antlers are not yet finalized as far as mounting them, that was just a pre-fit.
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  10. Dog Soldier

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    Eastwood was not using a Mdl. 29 S&W .44 Mag in that movie. That was a Mdl 57 S&W .41 Mag. dedicated hand gunners spotted that small bore right away. They said they were unable to find a Mdl.29 at that time. The props dept. rented the Mdl.57 from a private gun owner.;)
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    Yes I do believe that a Mod 57 was used in the movie. I read that in an article about movie guns and Hollywood prop houses (G&A or Shooting Times quite a few years back).

    But, I would like to meet the person that could tell the difference in a .410" and a .429" muzzle diameter off of a film frame. :)
    I have a heck of a time sorting .41 and .44 brass out of the tumbler...and that's with them in hand.
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    pythons are nice.. i almost got one over my anaconda.. but the anaconda was actually a better financial deal. the deale rhad some guy walk out on a pre-order sale sticking him with the gun.. was a small dealer and he only ordere din like 1-2 guns at a time.. ( this was a LOOOng time back :) ).. and that anaconda represented 50% of his operating capitol to order in guns.. and not many people were buying hand cannon.. he gave it to me for his 'shipped' price.. i couldn't pass it up.

    if you want a funny 357.. get one of those COP357 derrengers..
  13. Highpower3006

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    Everyone should have a .44 Magnum at least once in their life. They are accurate and using ammo loaded to .44 special specs, they are pleasant to shoot.

    Years ago I wanted a .44 mag so bad I could taste it. After a ton of research via reading magazine articles (this was in the days before Al Gore invented the internet), I bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk. I hated the way that gun punished my hand with full power factory loads and sold it after a mere 50 rounds. I used the money that I got back out of it and bought a Model 29 S&W with a 4" barrel.

    It was like night and day as far as felt recoil. The same loads that hurt me in the Ruger were quite manageable in the Smith. I have a Ruger New Model Blackhawk in .357 and even with the stoutest loads it doesn't punish me like that SBH did.

    I don't believe that anyone would argue that the shape and width of the grips have everything to do with how recoil is felt by the shooter. I have smaller hands, yet the factory S&W target grips feel the best for me even though they are rather large. Unless it is being shot out of a small revolver, the .357 round is very manageable out of most of the guns that are chambered for it.

    Both of my .44 Mags are Smiths, the old Model 29 and a newer 629-4 Classic DX. The 29 still has the factory targets on it and the 629 has the factory Hogue rubber grips. Even though the 629 is much heaver, the 29 is more pleasant to shoot using the same loads.

    The .44's
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    Notice the difference in the rear profiles. The 29 is much wider and, IMO, distributes the recoil better.
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    In my modest collection I have a Python, a S&W M66, a Ruger GP100, and the NM Blackhawk and they are all relatively pleasant to shoot .357's through even though the grips are different from each other. I do find the the single action type grip seems to produce the most felt recoil.

    The .357's.
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  14. Tom

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    For those who like shooting full power .44, the Dan Wesson 744 is a good candidate. Even with a light 6" barrel it weighs about 56 oz.

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  15. Fast Forward

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    Finnaly got one ,,,been on my Gun Bucket list for a while

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  16. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Oh heck, now you can shoot the bucket since you have knocked it over. Very nice gun and I just love a blued gun, especially a Smith. What generation is it?
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