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303tom 05-09-2012 03:14 PM

Powerful Handgun ?
The worlds most powerful production hand gun, what would that be ?

c3shooter 05-09-2012 03:21 PM

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Well, the MOST powerful handgun is likely a Maadi in caliber .50 BMG, or the insane revolver in .600 Nitro Express.

For a PRODUCTION handgun, you must consider the single shot pistols in rifle calibers as being VERY high on the list.

For a traditional handgun, the .500 S&W lays claim to the title, with 3,031 ft·lb muzzle energy. And FWIW, when Dirty Harry said "This is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world", it was not.

.500 compared to a .44 magnum

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303tom 05-09-2012 05:20 PM

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What about this ? Now I did say PRODUCTION, it is a Magnum Research BFR in .450 3400 ft. lbs.

c3shooter 05-09-2012 09:34 PM

I got a bruise just looking at the picture. :eek:

HockaLouis 05-09-2012 11:55 PM

And I thought the .454 Casull was silly...

Ranger-6 05-09-2012 11:59 PM

I would like to have one of each, but the .45 suits me just fine.

lbaize3 05-10-2012 12:05 AM

I have a 454 and a 480. The 480 puts a 412 grain bullet out at 1200fps and makes it hard to make a fist the next day. The 454 puts a 320 grain bullet out at around 1500fps and it makes it hard to make a fist for the next five days... I think I like my Contender with 45-70 cartridges pushing a 500 grain bullet around 1000fps. Now that is tolerable...

billt 05-10-2012 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by 303tom (Post 795179)
What about this ? Now I did say PRODUCTION, it is a Magnum Research BFR in .450 3400 ft. lbs.

Hey, a fellow BFR shooter. They are nice. I've warmed up my .45-70 with some 552 grain Gas Check handloads. It spices things up a bit. The .500 shoots pretty well. The longer cylinder really lets you play around with long OAL's, and not run interference with cylinder rotation. I'm tossing around the idea of getting a bullet mold for the 700 Gr. Gas Check.

303tom 05-10-2012 03:03 AM

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This is my 45-70..............

Durangokid 05-10-2012 03:11 AM

I know a fellow who is getting treatments on his right hand. He had been shooting a .500 S&W when his hand started hurting and swelling. His X-Rays shows fractures in his hands and fingers. The Dr. told him they were seeing many cases from shooters using Big handguns.:eek:

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