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Old 06-19-2019, 12:40 AM
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I have always been a bit leery of recoil on a compact big-bore revolver. I actually sold one .357 because the full-load recoil banged up the knuckles of my shooting hand behind the trigger guard. An S&W Model 19 is better sized for me with full .357 loads. Do you modify your hold for the heavy stuff? Or is it just a question of this particular model's frame fitting you well?


I have found that most times it depends a lot on hand size. I have no problem with most 44 mags, single or double action. My 454 single action will rap the finger as will my single action 475 Linebaugh. The 454 sees mostly heavy Colt loads these days so not an issue. The 475 however, I wear a cushioned bandage on my finger if shooting more than 20-25 rounds. Hope this helps

As a side note I have never been rapped in the knuckles by a double action revolver. Granted I have not shot anything bigger than 44mag with 300 gr bullets. So mileage may vary. Now the web of your hand with a double action can take a real beating.

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The only two revolvers that have been knuckle busters for me were a Ruger .44 Mag. Super Blackhawk with the squared off Dragoon back side to the trigger bow and a Charter Arms 4" Police Bulldog in .357 Magnum that weighted 12 or 13 ozs. Everything else is just a matter of maybe stinging the palm of my hand, a long session may leave it a bit bruised but very seldom.
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This pistol is a pussy cat with both Speer Gold Dot 180's and Federal 240 lead HP's, limited shooting on 1/2 scale humanoid plates at 20 yards kept hits centered using a center hold with the 240's and a neck hold with the GD's. I like it... Altamont compact grips with faux Ivory inserts due Saturday.
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That Ruger is sweet little gun. Nice acquisition!

I was recently in the market for a big-bore DA revolver, and considered the Ruger, but instead I went with a S&W 629 with three-inch barrel. For my needs, I wanted a six-shot so I could use it for IDPA. I just sent the cylinder off to get cut for moon clips, and I have some other parts for mods inbound.

For now, I have settled on two loads, both based on 44 magnum cases:

> 200gr Speer GDHP with 10.0gr Shooters World Clean Shot. This is giving me 1102 fps. I like this load because it's got more oomph than the 44 Special, but not nearly the level of full-house 44 mag. Pleasant to shoot. This is my carry load with this revolver.

> 200gr LRNFP from Brazos Bullets with 8.5gr Shooters World Ultimate Pistol. This load gets 952 fps; makes the gun recoil about like a standard 45 auto. This is my load for IDPA and goofing around.

Planning to go more towards loads using the 44 Special cases, since they are shorter that will facilitate faster reloads.
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Thanks for the input...
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Top two are .44 special along with a .357, havn't got to shoot any of them yet.
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Cool

Bet you'll like them.
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More nice pictures of some six-shooters - Thanks folks !

On lightweight pistols, grips make a huge difference on how recoil is felt. Comfortable grips really make them less abusive. The Charter Arms larger compact vs. hide-out grips really tame down the .44 Spcl., even with its lightweight construction.



The finger grips on the Lew Horton .44 Spcl. on far left make it a pussycat to shoot. Too - its weight helps in that regard as well.

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My other .44 Special pistol is a five shooter as well...it appears that someone sent it off at some time in its life to be shortened, coated and Magna Ported...it ended up with a shotgun bead front sight...stupid.

My gunsmith and I "presumed it was stainless" and in the process of mounting a real front sight the finish got marred, he was ceracoating some parts black so I gave him the go ahead to coat the barrel black. It is surprisingly fun to shoot with factory 180/200 grain loads and with CCI Shot Shells you don't want to be a Snake within 20 feet.










Don't know how effective the Magna Porting is on such a short barrel, but it shoots very well.
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Don't know how effective the Magna Porting is on such a short barrel, but it shoots very well.
Do a vid shooting it at nite?
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