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.44 magnum

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by dobeman, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    so I finally had to answer the question for myself as I get older. What's it like to shoot .44 magnum in a handgun. I've always had a .357 and thought it's probably where I would stop. I picked up a used Ruger Redhawk at a recent gunshow - 7 1/2" barrel - and finally got to take it out to shoot it. Discovery - there's a lot of .44 magnum hype on the internet :) At least in a hand canon like a Redhawk, it's nothing. No hand pain. No wrist pain. No strain. Very comfortable to shoot. And I'm a little guy. I put some Pachmayr rubber presentation grips on it and no problemo. I'm thinking 500 S&W now :cool:
     
  2. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    Go find some buffalo bore and run some real ammo through it then come back and report. That will wake that gun up.

    Buffalo Bore
     
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  3. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    yee haw :)
     
  4. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Or shoot a Scandium framed 329PD... That will wake things up. :) I'm thinking of adding a classic Dirty Harry model 29 to my collection just for nostalgia.
     
  5. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    Yep, all depends on the load. Some 300+ grain bullets will make there presence known.
     
  6. Woody

    Woody western Wa. Member

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    I love my 44. Its like coming home for dinner it so good. Put a quarter on a stump and see if you can put a hole through it, fun. Oh ya no small loads either get the full fun out of the 44!:partyman:

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  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    All depends on the gun and the load.

    My cowboy Ruger with cowboy loads you can shoot all day long. Load it up a bit and is still very comfortable. Buddy has a 629 that he loads heavy for. I will pick shooting my Desert Eagle .50 any day over his gun.
     
  8. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    so I will have to try some heavy loads. I wasn't shooting wussy loads, but I'll certainly try the heavier stuff :)
     
  9. gearchecker

    gearchecker Kootenai County, Idaho Member

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    Gee,
    Shooting a .44 magnum is just like shooting a .22 magnum revolver.









    Except for the recoil, report and muzzle climb. LOL
    Other than that, they're both revolvers, so how much different can they really be?

    I've never had any issue shooting mine. Get a good set of Pachmeyer or Hogue grips on whatever model you're shooting so some of the recoil can be swallowed up. Grip firmly, and anticipate a substantial kick and a very loud boom.
    After that, you've done it. So go out and have some fun, now that you're not a newbie with it.
    A .44 Magnum will put a smile on your face the first time you shoot one, or you'll run home screaming like a 2 year old at Walmart.

    Regards,
    Gregory
     
  10. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Recoil is simply mind over matter.

    I don't mind so it don't matter.
     
  11. Bulletsrrfriend

    Bulletsrrfriend Longview Member

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    I remember the first time I shot my dads 44 it was a single action revolver. He said I could shoot it if I bought the ammo. Well anwyway, he stands behind me and I say don't worry I'm not going to let go of it. Touched off that first round and when I turn around he has some ear plugs in his hand and says you will never forget these again will you. What? I can't hear you. What did you say? I never did forget hearing protection again.
     
  12. FMJ 911

    FMJ 911 Snohomish, Washington Active Member

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    I already have a Rossi .38 Spl. I want to get a .44 Mag, but I don't want to add more calibers to my already confusing ammo supply chain. Should I get a .357 Mag, and shoot .38 Spl's for practice, or should I skip that and get a .44 Mag? I'm not affected by recoil too much, I've shot my Neighbor's .500 S&W with no issues.
     
  13. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Shot the Desert Eagle in .44mag some years ago and it was almost pleasant, way different experience than say .44 out of a snubby.
     
  14. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Big heavy guns tame the recoil nicely. Pick up a derringer in .44 mag and try that. After you've vefied that the gun actually did fire and didn't blow up in your hand you'll realize how wonderful all that mass is!
     
  15. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I for one find .44mag to be more comfortable to shoot than .357mag most of the time. Mainly because .44mag guns tend to be a little bigger and disperse the recoil a little better. Even when shooting comparable guns (.44mag snubbie & .357mag snubbie) I think the recoil from the .44mag is more of a huge shove compared to the slap of the .357mag guns.
     
  16. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm....... Nah... ;)

    I shot a nice tight group with it too, unfortunately its a bit much for a carry piece - unless you are a macho movie cop. I once heard someone refer to it as a "crew served handgun".
     
  17. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    I want a 600.
     
  18. FMJ 911

    FMJ 911 Snohomish, Washington Active Member

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    How about a .90 caliber?