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Old 11-09-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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I've been making the step from 357 to 44mag and yesterday I discovered something. I picked up some 185gr ammo thinking recoil would be lighter then the 240s I had been shooting but I found the opposite to be true. When shooting a cylinder of 240s and then switching to 185s I found the recoil to be sharper, muzzle flash was larger and muzzle rise increased. The 240s has slightly more recoil but it was easier for me to control. If I could find a handful of 270s I'd give them a try.

I decided to try it with my 357. Loaded a cylinder of 125s and then one of 158s....same thing.

Anyone else experience this or am I alone in liking heavier bullets in handguns?
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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The lighter the bullet, the faster the acceleration, which creates a sharper felt recoil. The heavier bullet accelerates slower creating more of a thump in your hand verses a sharp crack.

Or , put it this way;
Short barrel time=shorter duration and sharper felt recoil.
Longer barrel time=longer duration and more of a thud than a crack in felt recoil.

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When shooting a cylinder of 240s and then switching to 185s I found the recoil to be sharper, muzzle flash was larger and muzzle rise increased.
Spitty,
Did the lighter bullets print higher on the target, or is this a perceived increase in muzzle rise?
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Interesting Jim. My high school physics teacher would insist that the heavier bullet would cause more recoil. Is this a matter of perception in that the recoil impulse of the lighter round is "sharper" but actually less if it were measured?

(Also possible that Spitty is a sissy-boy )
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Handgun Recoil Table
Load used.........................weight....Recoil E. (ft. lbs.)..... Recoil V. (fps)
.44 Rem. Mag. (200 at 1000) 3.0..............6.7..........................12.0
.44 Rem. Mag. (200 at 1219) 4.1..............6.3......................... 10.0
.44 Rem. Mag. (200 at 1295) 4.1..............7.2......................... 10.6
.44 Rem. Mag. (200 at 1326) 3.0..............11.9.........................16
.44 Rem. Mag. (225 at 1239) 3.0..............12.4.........................16.3
.44 Rem. Mag. (240 at 1144) 4.1..............8.0 .........................11.2
.44 Rem. Mag. (240 at 1172) 4.1..............8.4......................... 11.5
.44 Rem. Mag. (240 at 1200) 4.1..............8.9......................... 11.8
.44 Rem. Mag. (240 at 1271) 4.1..............10.0.........................12.5
.44 Rem. Mag. (240 at 1450) 3.0..............22.5.........................21.9
.44 Rem. Mag. (300 at 1187) 3.0..............22.6.........................22.0

Recoil has a lot to do with bullet weight load used velocity the bullet is moving and the weight of the gun. Also if your hands don't fit the revolver well or any firearm the recoil will feel much worse for you.
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Spitty,
Did the lighter bullets print higher on the target, or is this a perceived increase in muzzle rise?
To me if felt harder to keep the muzzle down but my impact point didn't change.

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Masterp, I was thinking the same thing. The recoil didn't bother me, I just found the sharper recoil of the lighter load less pleasant to shoot. The heavier bullet gave a firmer but more controlable recoil then the lighter. 240gr WWB JSP and 185gr Remington JSP, if you want to compare them. The same felt recoil is the reason I'm not a 40 fan.

Tango, you're right about grip fit. I had to play with a few things before I found what works for me.
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Spitty, I'm a sissy boy myself. I shot one of the light scandium framed .44s once and didn't enjoy it at all...
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Spitty, I'm a sissy boy myself. I shot one of the light scandium framed .44s once and didn't enjoy it at all...
I'm using Pach grips and shooting gloves. That combination allows me to enjoy shooting it and hit what I'm aiming at.
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This is a very interesting thread for me. Thanks.
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I have Pach's (or Hogue's) for all of my revolvers as wood is for pictures - not shooting IMHO. Never tried a shooting glove but I will if I ever get another big bore revolver...
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