For a long time I have loved big bore rifles and handguns. Probably the wildest rifles I've owned was a Ruger #1 in .458 Win. mag and a .338 Win. mag model 70, the 458 recoil would lift my left foot off the ground and the 338 used to slap the heck out of my check. There was a time I thought owning a .50 Sharps would be cool. Over the years I've owned a number of Ruger Blackhawks in .45 Long Colt, a few Super Blackhawks and for many years my all time favorite Redhawk 7 1/2" 44 mag. I thought if the money and opertunity came about I'd get a Desert Eagle .50, Then I came to get some common sense and realized that for my physical size, 5' 11" and 165 lbs., I was at the upper end of carrying a large weapon with the Redhawk. Also a big factor in shooting big caliber weapons is the cost of ammo and availability. It all narrowed down to calibers that had ammo readily available and reasonably priced. I handload for most of my firearms so that helps reduce costs, if it weren't for that I couldn't afford to shoot the Redhawk all that often and so I figured .454, .480, 500 S&W and etc. would really be out of the ballpark for me. Just my 2 cents worth, after all it's all up to what you can afford and are able to handle.