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Old 05-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #11
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The MRI 45-70 .

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=911&bih=416&tbm=isch&tb nid=KGU7Sen05zEc6M:&imgrefurl=http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/%3Fm%3D201112&docid=tcRlHUXj2-hP0M&imgurl=http://cdn1.cheaperthandirt.com/ctd_images/bgprod/2-MRBFR4570FC.jpg&w=550&h=550&ei=NzqrT8-KAYiyiQKeioXQAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=255&vpy=39&dur= 12049&hovh=224&hovw=224&tx=92&ty=101&sig=113667945 356708912539&page=3&tbnh=130&tbnw=210&start=24&nds p=15&ved=1t:429,r:11,s:24,i:155

If I were wandering into grizzly or polar bear country, this is what I would carry.

But for the lower 48, my S&W .44 rem mag is painful enough to shoot.

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Why would you carry a less powerful firearm in the lower 48? The Brown Bears "Gizz" here in Rockies die just as hard. Your post makes me wonder

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This is my 45-70..............
I'm liking your grips..... A lot! Are those from Magnum Research? I know they sell them for the BFR's. I've also heard grips designed for the Ruger Super Blackhawk will fit, but I'm not sure of it as the only place I've heard of it is the Internet. That and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee at Denny's.
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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.
Stories of these kind of trials and tribulations from shooting large caliber weapons always manage to pop up from time to time on Internet talk forums. There is also the entertaining stories out there about .50 BMG and .460 Weatherby rifles breaking shoulders, and detaching retinas and such.

Most of this kind of stuff comes off a Saturday afternoon bar stool, and is spread among the gun community. It just escalates with caliber. I heard much the same nonsense when I purchased my first .44 Magnum handgun back in 1973. Back then the Dirty Harry movies were all the rage, and the BS took off like a rocket along with .44 Magnum and ticket sales for that series of movies. Now the .44 Magnum is somehow considered to be somewhat average, and the claims of bodily destruction moved on to other calibers like the .454 Casull, and more recently the .500 S&W Magnum. The stories seem to increase with each new caliber introduction, in volume, as well as ferocity and degree of damage.
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Yes, in the lower 48 (including backpacking in the Rockies) I've carried a .357 Mag vs. the .44 in Alaska. With hot, hard lead, loads, but a .357 nevertheless.

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I'm liking your grips..... A lot! Are those from Magnum Research? I know they sell them for the BFR's. I've also heard grips designed for the Ruger Super Blackhawk will fit, but I'm not sure of it as the only place I've heard of it is the Internet. That and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee at Denny's.
http://www.magnumresearch.com/Grips/Magnum-Research-BFR-Hogue-Pau-Ferro-Wood-Grips.asp
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I believe when DirtyH said it... it was at the time a fact as far as production handguns... or not I know my little S&W 629 is plenty

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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.
IDK, I shoot my DE44,and the autoloading absorbs a lot of recoil. Anything

bigger would no longer be fun. You take out the fun factor, the

injury factor is moot...
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...I'm tossing around the idea of getting a bullet mold for the 700 Gr. Gas Check.

At some point, shouldn't you use a larger unit of measure, like ounces (1.6 ounces)? 700 grains, ouch!

I hope a bear catches some of those in the ass.
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This works just fine for me.

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