Range Report: FENRIR/Colt .460 Rowland
March 6th, I have been waiting for this day and I was ready to go pulp up some targets! All the hype we have gone through in the past month was going to come to fruition this afternoon!
Did I say WOW
I'm one happy rattler! Did I have problems? Yep, but understand when this puppy came in the mail I threw the gun together and with tires smoking headed to the neatest range. As a friend of mine said, "I was amped!
I really had no idea what recoil to expect from this 'Wolf in Anger'. I have shot several 44 mags and can tell you some of those wheel guns can put a beat down on you. I have a touch of arthritis in my right wrist (old Navy injury) and was worried if this hot rod would render the shooting pleasure into pain.
This compensator/muzzle brake works! I think JD hit the nail square when he said it feels like shooting +P in an alloy framed Commander, or in my case about as stout as +P in my Defender. That's the comparison for recoil.
Now let's talk sound. WOW, this hot rod is running open headers! You know, like when youíre at the outdoor range and the AKs and ARs are yakking and the biggest bore handgun is a 45 ACP mixed in with a lot of 9mm background din? Then just when you start to fall into a rhythm some guy with an uber bore black power long gun touches one off and everyone's head snaps with a WTF combined with an oh s*** I'm ducking! Yea, just like that!
Report, yep that's befitting of this sound, A Bad AZZ Report! I like it, and now I know the feeling the BP rifle owner gets each time he sets that soot bomb off!
I knew this was going to be a brief session, really a shakedown of this new system. I had five mags with me, two Colt that came with the gun, a Wilson Combat ETM and two brand new Tripp Research Cobra Mags. (I will cover them in a later report.)
My problems today were mostly FTE and some stove pipes. They happened with all the mags so the problem was gun and not mag related. I think the headstamp on the 460 is a little beefier than the 45 ACP. Almost every FTE was hung up on the extractor. My XSE is just short of 700 rounds downrange so it has some more brake-in yet to go. Because I have no feed or eject problems when I shoot 45 ACP I will save this extractor for that round. I have an EGW New Design HD 45 Extractor that I will tune for the 460 round.
EGW New Design HD 45 Extractor SER 70 / SER 80 - $39.99 : EGW, Inc., World Class Precision Parts
I got back too late to contact CCG so I will wait until Monday to discuss the FTE issue. Because of the initial Colt fit issue I really think that tuning is all thatís required to get Fenrir running.
I canít tell (warn) you how a 24# recoil spring feels! This is one tough slide to rack. Really hard! OK, how hard is it? If youíre not careful it will bite you! Hereís how strong the spring is, I shot a mag (8 rounds) of 45 ACP down the 460 tube. I was using some 230gr FMJ Blazers. They would push the slide back just far enough to cock the hammer but would return the spent case back to battery.
My first mags were the Georgia Arms 185gr JHP rocket ships. These are rated at 1550 fps and they were rough on the range back stop! I went through about 20 rounds of the GA 185s. I wanted to try the Cor Bon 255gr JHP so I loaded a GA in the pipe and every other round in the mag was the 255. Interesting test, the recoil seemed to be equivalent but there was a slight sound difference. Not much, kind of like loud and louder!
This was my warm-up. I swapped targets and set the fresh cardboard at 10 meters. I had three mags with 5 rounds each of the GAs 185s. I concentrated and Iím here to tell you guys, this gun is wicked accurate
! You couldnít tell with my first targets but I had a huge grin on my face and couldnít get a good sight picture. LOL
Hereís how I did with my last 15 rounds.
Iím one happy snake!