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Old 07-06-2010, 05:49 PM   #11
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I study terminal ballistics (the science of impact). I have 2 friends that were accidentally shot with a 44 magnum. Both lived and are still alive. One shot himself through the pelvis and after the initial shock, limped over to the telephone to call for help, then stuck a kitchen towel in the wound to stop the bleeding. All this is to point out that instant death is not ordained simply because he was shot with a 44 magnum. The thing that Gollywood seems to get wrong is the "throw the bad guy through the wall with impact" senerio. A bullet is traveling so fast that it simply pokes a hole in an object. At most they simple collapes on the spot. A single lung shot should give the shot person time to utter some final words of wisdom before he expired. Oh by the way, the other guy I know that was shot with a 44, sat on his when his truck hit a bad bump. The bullet entered his right butt cheek and traveled upward and exited his shoulder. The saving grace for him was it didnt enter his chest cavity. The bullet traveled just under the skin the entire trip. When he showed up for work the next day he took his shirt off and it looked like someone had drawn on him with a wide majic marker. All he said was damn that hurt.


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Just fyi... don't know what your character's makeup is, but the most common "major" rounds typically carried that might be used on a person would be the .45, the .40, or the 9mm. They are typically preferred over the .44 (except for hunting and backcountry purposes) because of their sufficient stopping power and greater number of rounds in the weapon.
This is a good point. Unless this is occurring at the shooter's home, it's rare for anyone (in an urban environment at least) lug around a 44mag for practical reasons. But...that's why they call it fiction I guess.

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When you absolutely, positively, without a doubt, need to kill that sumbitch deader than hell in one round - Reach for the Thompson Contender chambered in .45-70
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You write what you know right? Go shoot one. You'll find the feel of the gun you're after.
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I write a bit. I have a couple of suggestions:

First, as notdku said, write what you know about. Don't guess, and getting the info from the webz is a guessing game.

Second, READ. That means books, manuals, magazines...anything you can get your hands on. A scene is from a movie, not a novel. If you write a novel like you imagine it in a movie, it won't translate. Keep in mind that anyone who reads your book will not picture the actions the same as you wrote them.

Third, if you are serious about writing a novel, GET OFF THE INTERNET!! It is a waste of time. You should be reading and writing. DON'T WATCH TV OR MOVIES. You should be reading and writing. You wanna convey an experience that you have never had in your book, go experience what you are trying to convey.

Fourth, people still shoot .45 Long Colt...

Fifth, I smell troll droppings.
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Thanks, guys. There's plenty of good advice in here. That TC looks like a badass gun.
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Hello, gentlemen. I've come here seeking your expert advice. I have nothing at all against guns, but I grew up in a household without them so I have no real knowledge of them at all. I'm writing a novel and I want every scene to be as accurate as possible so I have what might seem like a silly question to ask. I've always considered the .44 to be the coolest and manliest handgun in existence, but, as I said, I really know nothing about them. I need to know what this gun would actually do to a person from a distance of about thirty feet. I need the person to be running away and get shot in the back. Would it likely kill them instantly, go through in the process of blowing half of their organs out, could they live for any given period of time afterward? I need this person to have enough life to try and crawl away (with their arms while their legs dangle motionless behind them) before being flipped over on their back to have their pathetic life strangled out of them with the foot of a boot.

I know this may be a very off the wall question, but this scene has to be perfect. If the .44 is too powerful for this character's life to be taken less than instantly, what other type of handgun would you suggest? It's based in modern times so my other favorite, the Colt .45, unfortunately, would not be very likely.

Any input you have is much appreciated.
if its a novel you dont need to be THAT accurate just a little literary license. there are instances of people being shot with a .50 BMG and surviving. people have had pieces of rebar go thru their skulls and lived a full life. just have what you want happen to happen. your the author. long as you dont have a colt anaconda revolver useing a 30 round magazine or a SW model 29 using 9mm your prolly good to go.
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Thanks, guys. There's plenty of good advice in here. That TC looks like a badass gun.
Oh good lord please don't do that.
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I promise I wont.

Can you imagine shome dude walking around with that shoved down the front of his pants?
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I promise I wont.

Can you imagine shome dude walking around with that shoved down the front of his pants?
Maybe he can say that he's just happy to see you Is that a TC in your pants or are you just happy to see me


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