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Old 10-08-2005, 10:47 PM
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Me neither kciH.

44 mags rock!!!!
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:37 PM
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Oh great. Now I'm confused. You know when they say a guy has to get either a fast car or a huge caliber to compensate for "shortcomings"? I have a S&W 500 and a Honda Civic. I have to admit, I got the 500 because my Dad has a .44 Mag. I actually do enjoy the 500 but fully admit to shooting on the low side of it's power range. Although a 370 grain bullet going 1600ish fps is still pretty smoking! It's a big revolver (the original 8 3/8") so that isn't nearly as bad as it seems. A hot .357 in a light revolver is worse.

I am currently working up loads and practicing to start hunting with the 500. I plan to use it on hogs and then load the Barnes 275 grain for deer. Like has been said, I need to practice a lot to be effective and yep, a smaller caliber kills them just as dead, this is just my toy and I want to play with it!

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Old 11-16-2005, 03:52 PM
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As Rodney Dangerfield use to say "I get No Respect!The .480 and the .41 are in that catagory. Both are hard hitting calibers and both are very good for for hunting. I don't own either one but I have shot both and know people that have each. I own a Ruger SRH .454 Casull.
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Old 11-17-2005, 11:21 AM
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OK, I prefer the .44 to the .45 because you can't shoot full power loads in the .45 Mountain gun. OK, its not so much that I can shoot the hot loads in it, I get so much pleasure out of watching friends touching off heavy loads, the wonderful trigger just makes it that much better......
P.S. I do kinda agree with Injun Joe, you have to shoot a LOT before you try to hunt with a handgun, easier to stay resonable proficient with a rifle, for most of us.
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Old 11-18-2005, 05:55 PM
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Welp, being the proud ownder of Ruger Blackhawks in .45, 357 and 41 mag calibers, as well as a Freedom Arms Model 83 in .475 Linebaugh, I must say I like them all. Now, all I need is a .44 mag BH to make my "family" complete.

Then maybe I will have to find one in .30 cal, and maybe .32 as well. Good grief, I will never be satisfied.

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Old 01-29-2006, 11:40 PM
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The 480 is a new kid on the block and will have to prove itself, like the 41 mag did. People temper them self's to whats comfromtable. I've never shot a 480 but I have a 500 Smith and don't find it uncomfortable to shoot. I like big bores and I'm not recoil senstive. Alot of it is a matter of taste. One of my favorite gun writers, Hal Swigget said it best, "big,slow.deadly".
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:53 AM
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Well......I see this has been an interesting run. We see that there are some good opinions on handgun hunting.
If we render out the soup to get to the meat......I find an important trend here.
First of all, one must shoot what they like.......and that covers a broad subject.
Second, one needs to hunt within what distance they are capable of.
Third, handgun hunters do take more time to pratice!
All this and another important factor......pick the proper bullet!
Although I hunt now with a .357 Mag loaded with a large meplat bullet (175 to 185 gr)......I know it runs out of what I want about 75 yards or so. But, that fits perfect into the yardage bracket I hunt in........35 yards more so. As the yardage goes out, the caliber and weight must go up to match the distance.......period!
When I was young (a long time ago) , I did make some rather long range shots on the mud flats in South Carolina.....could see the splash hits and adjust. As time has gone by, the ranges I will shoot at game has closed in.
Therefore to say this or that will not work......I say it depends on the distance, ability to control recoil, judge distance, and above all, the proper bullet! Then comes caliber choice!.........James
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Old 01-31-2006, 04:27 PM
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my 2 cents

i just have to wade into this discussion..can't resist...
the truth is that there is nothing on this planet other than a couple of the largest animals in africa, that cannot be taken with a heavy bullet & load in the .44 mag or .45 long colt PERIOD...now if i just had to shoot a rhino with a pistol, then yeah , i would want 1 of the behemoths, like the .500 s&w or .475 linebaugh,but lets face it, 99.9% of us will never shoot anything like that ! & personaly if i was, i would want a rifle !
so the ? is why buy 1 of these monster hand cannons?
SIMPLE ANSWER...we are americans & we love to have the fastest, biggest , baddest,tallest , longest etc. etc. & there AIN'T nothing wrong with that! and if you think there is, there are plenty of countries for you to live in that will gladly regulate your life for you! I would love to own 1 of these cannons myself BUT i know i cant handle that heavy a recoil & still hit anything so why bother! I'll stick with the 44 or 45 & even that is more than i'll ever need since the largest beast i'll probably ever hunt is whitetail & a .357 mag is plenty for that!
aaaahhhhh...i feel better now!
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:45 PM
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I like big bores, I never planed to buy a 500. It kind of fell into my lap. I went to look at another gun and the 500 was marked down to $779. I had it black teflon coated, and a Nikon red dot scope put on it. Recoil's not that bad because the gun weighs 4 1/2 lbs empty and it's ported. I've shot some 44 mags that had more muzzle rise than the 500. It kicks but it's controlable. I shoot my S&W 44 mag and my Ruger 45 colts more, it's alot cheaper too. My Ruger 357 gets a work out from time to time too.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:16 AM
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Unless I am wrong, did I not see that in the poll for hunting handguns that the .357 Magnum was at about 20%?
If that is so, why are so many .357 Mag hunters silent about what they are hunting with?...........James
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Well guys, I would like to add a response to the caliber question. I have had a couple .454 Casulls, a bunch of .44s, lost count of the .45s, Colts, acp's, and the like, and several .357s. I have taken a bunch of game with them all. But after all that, my favorites come down to a combination of a few things. Things like, ease of carry and ability with the gun to place then bullet in the right place when and where I need to. A big heavy .44 or .45, or even bigger can certainly be tops when it comes time to put pressure on the trigger. And make no doubt about it; one of my 340 grain .45 cal. LBTs from my Ruger Bisley or Freedom Arms handguns can be about tops for a really big mean animal, set on doing my body harm. That being said however, and this being my point;
my Ruger SP101 .357 is a constant companion on a belt under a tie shirt EVERYWHERE I go. I have it loaded with a heavy LBT design cast bullet in the hills, and 125gr. Hydra Shocks in town. I never even know it's there unless I need it of course. I can carry a rifle, or other items easily with that firearm. With my larger guns, I am going to have to give up comfort, which is OK, when purposefully using them, but because they take some planning, they would not be my first choice if I was simply woods walking or that weekend camping trip. That little revolver ( after a slick action job), will put a full 5 shot cylinder into a 12" paper plate time after time at 100 yards, hit hard enough, and the main thing; I do shoot it a lot because I have it on always. After 40+ years of trying them all, for ME anyway, a well built handgun that you WILL carry and practice with, is the best choice.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:40 AM
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Might that 101 be of a snub design?

Another fan of the Short Rugers, and when it comes to .357, I have owned a few.
S&W 27's and 28's
Colt Python & Trooper Mk. III.
A Dan wesson [hated this gun, tho i had to have it.]
And finally Rugers;
Namely the Security six, and GP100. When it comes to woods walking, hiking, and long ventures into the VT. wood, with rifle or not, that Security six is just about always there. It is a 2 3/4 version, stainless, with Millett sight. It may be a bit short in the barrel, but it is by far one of the most accurate guns I own. 125 grains are/were the Law Enforcement community's "pet" load in the day of LEO wheelguns; a proven manstopper.
158 and 180 hard cast for the woods, with a pocket of snake loads too.
I have been experimenting with a light 132 grain Keith style bullet for this gun as of late, trying to peak the velocity, without affecting the accuracy. Fair results so far, but surely not that of the proven 125's and 158's.

She's not fancy, just a trade in $125 wheelgun, but with her Hogue rubbers, she just sits right in your hand....balanced.

The balance is half the battle. Iv'e found for me personally, if the gun fits, and balances, it's bound for the keeper pile in my safe.

Been this way with the Smith Mountain gun[s] in .44 and .45colt and .45acp.
Same with the 629.
Again with the GP and Sec. Six,
Well I could sit here just naming the ones that fit me and perform, but the coffee's getting cold, and the dog needs walking.

Good day to y'all, have a great one!
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:40 PM
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I'm no expert by any means! As for me the 45 Caliber rounds 45 LC/ 454 Casull seen to kill very effectively -why I can't tell you they just do! And most of my experience is with them! Now given the correct bullet the 44 Mag and 357 Mag kill just as good as the 45 Calibers I guess I'm just prejudice toward the 45 Calibers!
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[QUOTE=m141a]Might that 101 be of a snub design?

Yes it's a 2-1/4" barrel with the bobbed hammer (DAO). My regular hunting handgun is the Ruger 6" GP100. I seem to have gravitated to the 180 gr. LBT WFPs. I find this thread interesting. I started out as a teen using the .357 for hunting everything from squirrels to big game. Then of course just had to have a .44 model 29 when all the rage hit. Then the .45 Colt in a strong Ruger. Then the .454s. For myself, and I'm not a small guy, I've found that after about a couple cylinders of 340 grain .45s at 1,300 fps, my ability to put the bullet right where I want it decreases. I've since returned to the .357 and am amazed at how much more precise shot placement is, at least in my hands. And ar'nt we always preaching how important shot placement is. . . ? So to answer the original question that strated this topic. . . . . The most effective round fired from a handgun for any game, seems to me would be the biggest, baddest bullet that the person can consistantly place with precision. A 180 grain bullet to the brain will always beat a 500 grain bullet in the guts. The best round for game would depend on the person shooting it. Thems my thoughts. Good shootin'
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:38 PM
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and 44magnum is the most powerful hangun in the world says dirty harry and i back that
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:48 AM
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Interesting indeed! This thread has run the same as always! Most handgun hunters fall into a couple of bins indeed. First is the trend to have the most poweful handgun made! They like to talk about their gun could killed African game...and so on! The second and smaller group, like to choose a handgun based on their hunting situation. I fall into the second group. Most shooters just can not be consistant with caliber over 44 mag...and some not even that caliber. Some years ago, I had to have some bones replaced in my right hand....so, I decided to see first hand if the 357 Mag would in fact kill deer and hogs consistant. I sent a S&W 6" 686 to S&W to be full tricked out. Then started with hard cast (with plenty of meplat area) in the weights of 175 gr to 185 gr....and WW296.
I can see very little difference in it and the bigger bores within reasonable hunting ranges....and it has put dowm a truckload of deer and hogs.
The point being..it's pointless to harp on your favorite caliber! Shoot what ever and whichever you shoot best! Any of these calibere, with a proper bullet will do the job!
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:38 AM
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id go with 41 mag for huntin 44mag for self defence and 45colt for target. i have never handled or loaded a 480 so i can say on that
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