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Old 07-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #11
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Recoil is an odd phenomenon. Depending on the design of the gun, grips, and ammunition. A hot loaded .44 Special in a light revolver, such as the Bulldog, with rubber grips, will beat you hand to a pulp after a box of cartridges. At the same time, a .44 Magnum, with moderate loads, in a heavy magnum revolver, with well made wood or ivory grips, is a pleasant afternoon of shooting.

Even put the Magnum stuff in a Ruger Super Blackhawk and even the heavy .45 Colt loads are pleasant shooting.

It all depends on how sensitive the shooter is to recoil, the gun and the ammunition.
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Pretty true...I have a Super Redhawk with the 9.5 bbl and with a full house load it still gets your attention but it's not as bad as the 7" I had before and mush different then the snubby before that.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:04 AM   #12
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To get a good appreciation of recoil in a revolver, get a supply of cartridges, say .44 Special, loaded to with a 240 gr. SWC at around 950 fps. Shoot these in a Charter Bulldog and a Smith & Wesson Model 29. You will perceive a great difference, the guns making the difference.

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I'd have to ask the purpose...concealed carry or bear defense...
if its bear defense, get something that'll handle Magnum loads...

.44spl is very effective for bad-guy removal...
without making you quite as deaf & blind as the magnum rounds would in a dark alley or building...

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i have to agree that the pistol makes a lot of difference when shooting 44 Magnum loads.

a 44 Magnum has some healthy recoil nad if not careful will part you scalp! been many a person have the hammer lay open the scalp by trying shoot a 44 Magnum like Dirty Harry. 44 Spl. is much tamer and a little easier to handle.

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