What centerfire revolver do you enjoy shooting the most?


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DMK
October 17, 2004, 09:47 AM
I kind of asked this question in a different thread, but it went in a different direction. Which of your centerfire wheelguns(past or present), and what calibers do you enjoy shooting the most?

Let's exclude .22LRs from the list because they will naturally rise to the top being accurate, cheap to shoot and having almost no recoil, not to mention probably bringing back childhood memories to most of us.

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MP5
October 17, 2004, 10:14 AM
As for non-.22LR calibers, I'd say .38 Special. It's powerful enough to feel like a "real gun" experience (I love shooting .22, but it does feel a bit toylike), yet you don't have to deal with excessive noise or recoil. Reasonably priced, too.

J Miller
October 17, 2004, 12:49 PM
Single Actions Revolvers, in caliber .45 Colt.

Was my first center fire revolver and I'm addicted to them.

Joe

Peter M. Eick
October 17, 2004, 01:44 PM
Dan Wesson 722 for 22 LR.

But the centerfire I enjoy the most is my 1939 Registered Magnum!

Marshall
October 17, 2004, 01:57 PM
.45 Colt

Checkman
October 17, 2004, 02:28 PM
My favorite wheelgun(s) would absolutely have to be my S&W M27/28's. I shoot .38 LSWC and LRN for economical reasons, but I enjoy shooting the .357 mags. With the big old N Frame I find the recoil gets absorbed more effeciently then it does with the L Frame or the Ruger GP 100. I also own those models and I like them, but the N Frame is my favorite.

Ala Dan
October 17, 2004, 04:24 PM
.38 Special mid-range target loads, fired from my 6" Smith N'
Wesson 686-5.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Dr.Rob
October 17, 2004, 04:39 PM
45 ACP or .357

As long as it's a Colt.

nitesite
October 17, 2004, 05:18 PM
My Model 28-2 4" gets the most shooting time, mostly with 158-gr SV .38s but I do like to give it some real honkin' 140-158s in magnum loadings every range trip.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/189066.JPG

Second is a 6" Model 14 that really likes the 158-grain SVs. I'd hunt rabbits with it, if the durn coyotes hadn't decimated them around my place.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/172642.JPG

Randy63
October 17, 2004, 05:21 PM
What centerfire revolver do you enjoy shooting the most?

I enjoy shooting all of my centerfire S&W's, at least the ones that aren't safe queens.

Right now it's a tossup between my 686+ Mountain Gun and my 3.5" pre Model 27.

I'm a blue and wood type of guy but I can't say enough good things about my 686+ MG. It's really well made. The trigger both SA and DA is excellent and it's quite accurate.

Randy

444
October 17, 2004, 05:35 PM
S&W Model 10, 4" pencil barrel.

I own a whole lot of centerfire revolvers, but that is my faviorite.

I normally shoot moderate loads with cast bullets. I am not normally a high volume shooter. I usually go out with some goal in mind: some drill I want to practice or something. When I feel that I am not giving that drill 100% of my attention, I pack up and go home: I am not usually a plinker. However, with my Model 10, it isn't unusual for me to go out and shoot 4-500 rounds of ammo in a day. I guess, it is my fun gun.

magsnubby
October 17, 2004, 07:16 PM
nitesite,
Nice 28. I really like the grips. What brand are they? I have a 6" 28-2. With light .148 gr wc's it's almost like shooting a .22. Even with the hot stuff they're great shooting guns.

But i guess my favorite is my Ruger Security Six that i bought new in 1977.

DMK
October 17, 2004, 07:30 PM
Oooh! That Model 14 is really sweet nitesite!

I really like that Mountain Gun also Randy63

Thanks for sharing the pics guys! :)

popbang
October 17, 2004, 07:49 PM
Birds Head Grip Ruger Vaquero in 45 Colt.

JoeHatley
October 17, 2004, 07:57 PM
My "favorite" tends to change as lot, but right now its this 625 V-comp, in .45 acp.

http://www.iowatelecom.net/~hatley/625_Vcomp_sf.jpg

JOe

Jason Demond
October 17, 2004, 08:26 PM
625-5

Little Loudmouth
October 17, 2004, 10:20 PM
I've got to say my Dad's S&W 28 .357.

P95Carry
October 17, 2004, 10:24 PM
Very hard to choose .. all my Smiths are a joy to shoot, and - being a recoil junky I derive great satisfaction from my SRH 44 mag and SRH .454.

Top of the list tho - for shere grins and giggles has to be the BFR in 45-70 ..... it is almost orgasmic!:D :p


http://www.acbsystems.com/boards/thr/cb_gun2/bfr02-s.jpg

tc300mag1
October 17, 2004, 10:26 PM
Right now its Ruger Vaquero 45 colt. But it usually runs 44 mag in SRH,454 in a SRH or 357 mag

Standing Wolf
October 17, 2004, 10:27 PM
Colt Pythons.

nitesite
October 18, 2004, 12:28 AM
Magsnubby-

The grips on my Model 28-2 are by Hogue. They call it "Lamo Camo" and they are very smooth with a Carnuba Wax finish. I really like their feel. They add a bit of color to the practical yet mundane finish of my 28.

DMK-

Thanks for mentioning that you like my 14-6. Some traditionalists of the S&W bloodline don't care for the full underlug look. But I personally like it on this revolver. I think S&W did a pretty good job, right down to the grips. :)

sctman800
October 18, 2004, 01:11 AM
It used to be my BH .41mag untill I got a SRH .454, accurate as all get out and a really nice factory trigger. Oh yes, lots of recoil that seems quite manageable for some reason. Jim.

TK73
October 18, 2004, 04:18 AM
The revolver I enjoy shooting the most is my trusty S&W M629 Classic DX. I mostly use it with medium-power ammunition.

Another sixgun and caliber I particularly like is my Ruger BN45 New Model Blackhawk 7.5" in .45 Colt. My revolver wears HOGUE white pearlized Polymer stocks but it's otherwise completely stock, incl. trigger action. Still, with my moderate, hand-loaded "paper-punching" load it's a real pleasure to shoot and the combination damn accurate. If more power is required I can safely load the .45 Colt to approximate the .44 Magnum.

I won't ever part with those two fine revolvers!

bpisler
October 18, 2004, 09:06 AM
I love all five of my S&W's but my favorite is the 625-6 MG in 45acp.It's very accurate,has mild recoil and it's easy to reload using moon clips.

P0832177
October 18, 2004, 10:46 AM
Any one one of my 625's! Especially with wimp loads!

ID_shooting
October 18, 2004, 11:21 AM
my blackhawk, 357/9mm. bought only to plink with :)

461
October 18, 2004, 11:25 AM
Ruger 5.5" Stainless Bisley Blackhawk in .44 Mag with the Keith load of 20 grains of 2400 behind a 250 grain hardcast bullet. Manageable but still smacks with authority and will take anything in North America.

Igloodude
October 18, 2004, 01:43 PM
Me too - Model 625 with my homebrew reloads.

Brian Williams
October 18, 2004, 02:37 PM
Probably my 586 that has been moonclipped. But I just got a 4" pencil barrel S&W pre mod 10 M&P and I have yet to shoot it. It looks to be a great gun.

rikman
October 20, 2004, 11:00 PM
My favourite wheelgun to shoot is my S&W 24-3 Lew Horton .44SPL.

Fun to shoot, very accurate....big hunk of steel :)

RC

Gandalf
October 21, 2004, 12:46 AM
Colt Single Action Army in .45 Colt.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/129266.JPG

gvass
October 21, 2004, 09:51 AM
Python and 686 both in 4" config.

TonyB
October 21, 2004, 11:21 AM
Probably my SP101 with 38+p's.....not punishing,but you know you're shooting them....:cool:

fedlaw
October 21, 2004, 12:10 PM
Smith 625-5". Last night I shot in my first competition. The 625 performed flawlessly. It has taken me over 1000 rds. to get into this fine gun, but it has moved to the head of my favorites list.
Drawing from a holster, shooting and reloading against the clock with shooters in all of the other lanes certainly opened up my groups, but it is a lot more fun than just standing there facing a static target and having all day to hit the ten ring. Besides, being the only wheelgunner at the police pistol league shoot added to the fun.
Steve

ninjaj448
October 21, 2004, 01:09 PM
Ah, the 4.5 inch Vaquero in 45LC. Makes me feel like John Wayne and everything!

MrPhil
October 21, 2004, 01:39 PM
A 686-3, 6" with just about any load. Very nice DA and SA trigger. A close second is a nickeled Model 25-3 in .45 Colt. Somebody did a great trigger job on it. Still working up loads for it.

41 magnum fan
October 21, 2004, 02:25 PM
For me it is S&W N frame revolvers in 41 magnum.

Nathanael_Greene
October 21, 2004, 03:48 PM
My Rossi 851 in stainless, with a 3" barrel.

It's fairly lightweight, has adjustable sights (including an orange insert up front), nice-sized grips, and goes bang every time.

My wife can shoot it comfortably, too.

svetlio
October 21, 2004, 04:31 PM
Drawing from a holster, shooting and reloading against the clock with shooters in all of the other lanes certainly opened up my groups, but it is a lot more fun than just standing there facing a static target and having all day to hit the ten ring. Besides, being the only wheelgunner at the police pistol league shoot added to the fun.
Steve
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Steve,

I really like wheelguns more than autos, and I am trying to solve this inside psychological problem of mine concerning the 'slower' reloading of a revolver compared to an auto and it's possible impact in a critical situation. I read that you do it in competitions. How long does it take for you to reload your gun after sooting all six rounds?

Thanks,

Svetlio

fedlaw
October 21, 2004, 06:55 PM
svetlio
Last night was the first time I have competed. Several months ago, I traded my SIG P220 for a Smith & Wesson 625-5". I swapped guns because I happen to shoot revolvers better than semi's and I wanted to continue carrying .45 cal. The 625 uses moonclips which speeds up extraction and reloading over individual cartridges. Moonclips are also faster than speedloaders, IMHO.
That being said, there were six shooters on the line last night, including myself. The other five were shooting semi's. I believe 3 had 1911's, and 2 Glocks. I had no trouble keeping up with them in terms of extraction and reload times. I do not know exactly how fast the reload times were, but with 144 shots fired (all timed courses of fire) I never ran short of time.
If you can get a hold of a Jerry Miculak video where he shoots and reloads the 625, it will give you an idea of what is possible.
Hope this helps,
Steve

MrPhil
October 21, 2004, 07:57 PM
svetlio - I can't tell you how long it takes me to reload a revolver. I can tell you I can get 12 rounds off in less than 10 seconds, using conventional HKS speed loaders. Using a timer during practice sessions did the trick for me. - Phil

sfhogman
October 22, 2004, 12:23 AM
.45LC SS Bisley, 5.5" barrel, 255 cast bullet over 10 gr Unique. Wheeeee!

2211
October 22, 2004, 03:55 AM
An early 70's 6 1/2" Model 29 and a late 60's Super Blackhawk both loaded with a 245 grn Keith Linotype bullet over 20.0 grns of 2400. Years ago it was 22.0 grns but I wanted the guns to last a while.

svetlio
October 22, 2004, 09:35 AM
I had no trouble keeping up with them in terms of extraction and reload times. I do not know exactly how fast the reload times were, but with 144 shots fired (all timed courses of fire) I never ran short of time.
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Steve,

very encourageing info. Thanks a lot.



Phil, thank you too.

Svetlio

BigG
October 22, 2004, 10:27 AM
I would say the Big Model 27, nickel, and shoots 357 Magnums like a popgun due to its heft.

Stainz
October 23, 2004, 09:39 AM
Which ever revolver is grabbed first from my range bag...

My latest craze has been my QPR BHG-equipped 4.6" SBH with .44 Specials... with my S&W 696 right behind.

My long term favorite, and last to ever leave, is my 625MG in .45 Colt, a gift from my wife. Probably still my favorite round...

Decisions!

Stainz

Mastrogiacomo
October 23, 2004, 03:12 PM
My 686 4"....:cool:

Dr.Who
October 23, 2004, 03:41 PM
In Order of enjoyment....

625 PC 45acp 4 inch
1917 .45acp (98% gun not a regular shooter)
Colt .38 target 1st edition Nice triger on both
Ruger Vaquero .357 (sass pair)
686 .357 6 inch... Old IDPA gun prior to change
627 PC .357 (just got have not shot enough to move up the list)
Cimmerons model p jr's

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