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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by 303tom, May 9, 2012.
The worlds most powerful production hand gun, what would that be ?
Well, the MOST powerful handgun is likely a Maadi in caliber .50 BMG, or the insane revolver in .600 Nitro Express.
For a PRODUCTION handgun, you must consider the single shot pistols in rifle calibers as being VERY high on the list.
For a traditional handgun, the .500 S&W lays claim to the title, with 3,031 ft·lb muzzle energy. And FWIW, when Dirty Harry said "This is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world", it was not.
.500 compared to a .44 magnum
What about this ? Now I did say PRODUCTION, it is a Magnum Research BFR in .450 Marlin................at 3400 ft. lbs.
I got a bruise just looking at the picture.
And I thought the .454 Casull was silly...
I would like to have one of each, but the .45 suits me just fine.
I have a 454 and a 480. The 480 puts a 412 grain bullet out at 1200fps and makes it hard to make a fist the next day. The 454 puts a 320 grain bullet out at around 1500fps and it makes it hard to make a fist for the next five days... I think I like my Contender with 45-70 cartridges pushing a 500 grain bullet around 1000fps. Now that is tolerable...
Hey, a fellow BFR shooter. They are nice. I've warmed up my .45-70 with some 552 grain Gas Check handloads. It spices things up a bit. The .500 shoots pretty well. The longer cylinder really lets you play around with long OAL's, and not run interference with cylinder rotation. I'm tossing around the idea of getting a bullet mold for the 700 Gr. Gas Check.
This is my 45-70..............
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.
The MRI 45-70 .
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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 ***.
This works just fine for me.