458 Winchester Magnum, best I remember.
The movie is "Dirty Harry". Did you grow up in a cave? 😜What is the name of that movie ?. I will watch it. Thanks. MD
Yup, seen all his movies at my local theater, he used a 458 magnum....that way he could....MAKE MY DAYDoes anyone here know what the rifle is that Dirty Harry uses in the first film where he is standing on the top of the building waiting for the bad guy? Not the rifle the bad guy
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Ah yes. I recall getting a 375 H&H for my first rifle in AK. Affordable from Wal-Mart (which I no longer have reason to frequent). The 300 H&H offers great possibilities for reloaders though this was back in the day before I had my Dillon 550 or Rockchucker. It was a different time; pre-SHTF; not like today when everything for guns is expensive and severely limit quantities: primers, brass and ammo. Prices were ok back then, but high prices today overall. Loved watching Dirty Harry, but loved my next AK rifle even more: accumark 300 Weatherbee which (to quote a silly voice from the past) I stupidly traded for a lower 48 rifle. Can’t afford to replace her and can’t stop thinking of how the 300 Wearherbee was like a perfect rifle to shoot. Thank you for letting me onto such a great forum. I doubt I will ever get enough tweets out to buy or sell anything. But the wealth of experience and knowledge in this forum is so helpful. Sorry for going on so much. The Lever GuyRealistically though, the .458 Win Mag was a poor choice for a Sniping Rifle. The cartridge was developed for Thick Skinned Dangerous Game and its optimal range is inside 110 yards.
A .300, .338 Win Mag or a .375 H&H Magnum would have been a much better choice. Judging by the camera and binocular images used in the film, the distance appears to be between 200 to 300 yards between the two buildings.
I suspect the size of the .458 WM cartridge impressed the writers, but they didn't take the time to research the .458's ballistics or intended uses.
I do have to give the Production Team credit though, as the Dirty Harry movies were some of the first movies to simulate recoil, and the round count was pivotal to the plot. All scenes of Harry reloading his Modek 29 were again firsts.
At least with Dirty Harry, you didn't have the miraculous never run out Hollywood Clipazines.