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11-25-2019 11:45 AM
Peter
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Originally Posted by FotoTomas View Post
In the last year I have traded or sold off all of my N frame revolvers. My last to go was my 629 mountain gun. Even then I had transitioned to .44 Special ammo exclusively.

I simply can not shoot them as well as my K and J frames in .38. I even limit my .357 revolvers to mostly .38 ammo for the same reason. Being in my 60ís with a pile of stupid health issues I brought on myself is turning into a real bummer.

I'm in my 60's and can relate, there was a time when I was really into the 44M and magnum loads. For me that time has passed. That said if a young fellow were to apply himself to getting good with the 44M it's entirely possible to manage the beast. I did so can others.
11-24-2019 10:10 PM
Arch Stanton Stay away from Magnum or swtich to a .357 in the same model gun.
11-24-2019 09:07 PM
FotoTomas In the last year I have traded or sold off all of my N frame revolvers. My last to go was my 629 mountain gun. Even then I had transitioned to .44 Special ammo exclusively.

I simply can not shoot them as well as my K and J frames in .38. I even limit my .357 revolvers to mostly .38 ammo for the same reason. Being in my 60ís with a pile of stupid health issues I brought on myself is turning into a real bummer.
11-21-2019 01:31 AM
HappyinID
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Originally Posted by Jlrhiner View Post
Just for the hell of it, I spent a week carrying a 6 1/2" barreled M29-2 in a Bianchi cross-draw holster. Covered with a square cut shirt, no more noticeable than any other OWB holster.
One of my first duty guns was a 6" model 28, which I carried off duty and managed to hide on my 1970's skinny frame.
11-19-2019 10:15 PM
Jlrhiner Just for the hell of it, I spent a week carrying a 6 1/2" barreled M29-2 in a Bianchi cross-draw holster. Covered with a square cut shirt, no more noticeable than any other OWB holster.
11-19-2019 06:11 PM
Dixie_Dude 44 mag in a carbine like a levergun or an old Ruger auto, is great for woods hunting less than 150 yards. Light, easy to swing and get on target, and very little recoil in a carbine. Now the revolver is another thing. Good for hunting, but not for everyday carry unless you are in the woods all the time.
11-19-2019 05:19 PM
Peter
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Originally Posted by justin22885 View Post
well you really cant convince me people walk around with 44 mags, .454s, etc as carry pieces who are doing so for any other reason than to feel macho
I honestly don't know why some people do what they do, if they want to pack around a 44M, more power to them! I don't think you'll find me doing that any time soon...unless I move to Alaska, which is highly unlikely.
11-19-2019 03:14 PM
justin22885 well you really cant convince me people walk around with 44 mags, .454s, etc as carry pieces who are doing so for any other reason than to feel macho
11-19-2019 02:35 PM
superflux FWIW, Dirty Harry even admitted in "Magnum Force" that he used 'Special loads" to tame the recoil (yep, Harry Calahan is too much of a sissy to use full power 44 manum rounds).
11-17-2019 12:12 PM
Peter
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Originally Posted by old-grunt View Post
My go to is .327,I also shoot a lot of 45ACP in a Blackhawk,I still like shooting hot 45 colt in the blackhawk,or 454 casull in a SuperRedhawk but couple cylinder fulls is my limit,bad shoulders,bad back,and iffy elbows means if I over do it I'm totally worthless for a few days. getting old sucks!!

I hear you and yes it does...I've considered a 45ACP conversion cylinder for my BH in 45 Colt, but I don't shoot it enough to justify sending it back to Ruger to be fitted with a second 45ACP Cylinder.
11-17-2019 05:34 AM
justin22885
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Originally Posted by HappyinID View Post
Yeah OK... and that pertains to what I said..... how?

Your constant argumentative comments, about guns you've likely never held, much less shot, while usually amusing, are sometimes just perplexing.....


because like most people who get their gun information from hollywood films like dirty harry, a bigger gun doesnt mean a sure kill, you still have to do your part in aiming, pulling the trigger, and hitting the target which is in all likeliness going to be moving as well.. you may very well need all six shots just to hit the target at all, and the time to recover for an accurate followup shot is going to be much longer as well, so to think, like you do, that one shot and they're done, is quite simply being stupid

nothing is "going to kill anything you ask it to" if you're not going to do your part, everything i said above, as well as the general poor concealability of large revolvers, theres no reason, in fact it is a detriment to carry larger revolvers for anything but bear defense
11-17-2019 03:59 AM
HappyinID
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Originally Posted by justin22885 View Post
not if you miss its vitals, and two legged animals tend to hunt in packs ;-)
Yeah OK... and that pertains to what I said..... how?

Your constant argumentative comments, about guns you've likely never held, much less shot, while usually amusing, are sometimes just perplexing.....


11-17-2019 03:26 AM
old-grunt My go to is .327,I also shoot a lot of 45ACP in a Blackhawk,I still like shooting hot 45 colt in the blackhawk,or 454 casull in a SuperRedhawk but couple cylinder fulls is my limit,bad shoulders,bad back,and iffy elbows means if I over do it I'm totally worthless for a few days. getting old sucks!!
11-16-2019 10:22 PM
justin22885
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Originally Posted by PalmettoTree View Post
No they will not. A magnum will be a magnum for as long as anyone lives. One's ability to shoot a magnum will decrease sooner of later.

Seems to me that is the point of the OP.

I know a man my age that retained most of the strength I once had until almost a year ago. Rheumatoid Arthritis‎ hit him and now he cannot do what I can.

Each must find the gun that fits his current abilities.
or really, you could be 25, slip and fall on something tomorrow while you're out and about, and your ability to shoot a magnum as well as you do now, is gone.. so it doesnt even have to be old age or conditions associated with it

i dont think its a good idea to plan on never being injured (part of the reason i wont use shotguns for home defense)
11-16-2019 08:57 PM
roseman The .44 special is about my max for comfort and accuracy at my age.
11-16-2019 02:20 PM
PalmettoTree
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Originally Posted by Hick Industries View Post
The large case revolver rounds are tailor made for reloading.
This allows you to load the bullet you want, at the power you want, cheap enough to practice as much as you want.
Shoot 200 rds a week for a couple years, and all the arguments against a magnum revolver turn to dust.
No they will not. A magnum will be a magnum for as long as anyone lives. One's ability to shoot a magnum will decrease sooner of later.

Seems to me that is the point of the OP.

I know a man my age that retained most of the strength I once had until almost a year ago. Rheumatoid Arthritis‎ hit him and now he cannot do what I can.

Each must find the gun that fits his current abilities.
11-16-2019 01:45 PM
Peter To be fair I do like the 45 Colt. Then again I cast for it so it's economical as well. S'pose the same could apply to the 44M. I don't shoot the Colt as often as I should but I have some loads for it that run in the 750-800 fps range which are not all that hard to hang onto.
11-16-2019 01:21 PM
Hick Industries
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Originally Posted by Peter View Post
Same applies to the 357 magnum. With the exception that 357 is more economical.
I started shooting 357 mag when I was in high school. By my mid 20s, I had loaded and shot 4-5,000 rds, mostly hard cast reloads.

Then I started over with the 44 mag. Again I had to shoot several thousand rounds before I could master the recoil.

By the time I bought my first auto pistol, I no longer noticed the muzzel blast or recoil of a handgun.

Nothing makes a handgun more effective, than a Dillion 550B, and a 5 gal pail of empty brass.
11-16-2019 12:08 PM
Peter
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Originally Posted by Hick Industries View Post
The large case revolver rounds are tailor made for reloading.
This allows you to load the bullet you want, at the power you want, cheap enough to practice as much as you want.
Shoot 200 rds a week for a couple years, and all the arguments against a magnum revolver turn to dust.

Same applies to the 357 magnum. With the exception that 357 is more economical.
11-15-2019 07:33 PM
Hick Industries The large case revolver rounds are tailor made for reloading.
This allows you to load the bullet you want, at the power you want, cheap enough to practice as much as you want.
Shoot 200 rds a week for a couple years, and all the arguments against a magnum revolver turn to dust.
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