I hope this works right, I've never uploaded a video to youtube before. I got the following email, then had this video at the end...
You may have to watch Recoil twice.. Try to follow the gun. This video
is basically a 'show and tell' custom built on a Thompson Encore (fancy
version of the Thompson Contender). The Caliber...600 Nitro Express.
That's right...an elephant gun round in a handgun. The story goes that
the guy that built it is some kind of custom gun maker, and built this
as an exhibition piece. He takes it to the range with him just to show
it off, and the big guy that shot it (in the video) had been bugging the
builder to let him shoot it. Only until fairly recently (early-mid
IIRC) the 600 Nitro Express was hands down the biggest, nastiest,
hardest hitting, and heaviest recoiling weapon you could buy. It was
designed for one simple purpose...to knock an elephant flat on his
butt... IMO, it was really built as an exhibition piece for guys
'compensating'.. This cartridge is known for breaking collarbones, arms,
shoulders...of the shooter!
In the gun world they use what is termed a 'recoil index' to kind of
give prospective buyers an idea of what a gun kicks like... A 30-06 gets
a rating of a 1.0, which for many people is about the limit of what they
can shoot multiple rounds thru comfortably.
A 243 BR is rated at like a 0.4, a 270 was like a 0.8, etc. The 600
Nitro Express is rated at a 9.4.................9.4 times more punishing
power than a 30-06. Now watch the video.......the video provides a clear,
definitive example for the word "idiot"....?