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Werewolf
July 1, 2005, 11:58 AM
Anyone shoot a .44 Mag revolver with full power loads in either IPSC or IDPA?

Having shot IPSC for a number or years I know the answer to that for them. NO! IPSC is way too gamey for that and if anyone did bring out a .44 Mag revolver it's be downloaded to the minimum load required to make major.

IDPA on the other hand is a different beast entirely. I may be wrong (I've never shot IDPA) but those guys are more into doing it for the training and practice aspect of defensive shooting than the IPSC crowd. So I imagine that there is the rare IDPA shooter who uses a 4" .44Mag revolver shooting full power loads.

I've never seen it but I know that somewhere out there there's a Dirty Harry wannabe that's shooting full power .44Mag in IPSC or IDPA.

ASIDE: I never place higher than 4th or 5th from the bottom anyway so one of these days when I'm feeling a bit crazy and not so cheap I'll pick up 4 or 5 speed loaders and give it a go. Can anyone recommend a decent speedloader for a Taurus Raging Bull in .44 Mag. Is such a thing even made? I'd need a holster too - can't seem to find one for a Raging Bull - recommendations?

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bruce282
July 1, 2005, 12:13 PM
I shoot a Ruger GP100 in IDPA, mostly using .38spl +p rounds, but I did shoot the MD State using .357 loads. You would be in SSR I believe, ESR is for moonclip guns, mostly S&W 45ACP, dowloaded to just make the power factor. You would have to check the rules since I know there are weight limits in the class also. But it's fun.

Bruce

thereisnospoon
July 1, 2005, 01:25 PM
I shoot factory ammo in m glock and compete quite well.

The problem used to be that you couldn't keep up with the moonclip guys, but since King Bill changed the rules you now a platform in which you can shoot your .44 mag, although I am sure you will still face people shooting light loads in almost every match.

my $0.03

Navy joe
July 1, 2005, 08:27 PM
IDPA on the other hand is a different beast entirely. I may be wrong (I've never shot IDPA) but those guys are more into doing it for the training and practice aspect of defensive shooting than the IPSC crowd

HeHe that's a good one. To answer your question have seen folks shoot IDPA with a not downloaded 10mm, .357 snubbie, and the like, so people do do it for fun. Heck, I have watched someone shoot IPSC with a 5 shot .38spl! Do what you want, just realize that 99.5% of the shooters you encounter in Stock service revolver will be shooting .38spl loaded to a fearsome 125Pf. Before the split of divisions the hot set-up was a 625 shooting .45 bullets at the same Pf or a little better. I have seen .45 bullets not penetrate the rubber of a bullet trap! For reference factory 9mm (WWB)will usually get you 135pf out of a full size gun. If I decide to play IDPA revo now, I might just down load some .45 autorim to 130pf and use speedloaders just to irk whoever thought they were escaping the 625 crowd. :evil:

SR_
July 1, 2005, 11:26 PM
I havn't seen anyone use a .44 mag for IDPA. Maybe you could be the first!

Maxinquaye
July 2, 2005, 01:06 AM
I've been wanting to shoot a match with my 4" S&W .500 Mag but can't find speedloaders anywhere. Figure I'll download the 335 gr. to about 1000 fps...quite managable recoil there :D

Sunray
July 2, 2005, 01:20 AM
"...with full power loads..." I'd bet the game players in either game (and games they become the instant there are rules.), would whine about the noise.
"...I'd need a holster too..." Any large frame revolver holster would do. I think, but am not entirely sure that the Taurus Raging Bull uses the same speed loader as a Smith M-29. Contact these guys. http://www.firingpin.com/speed%20loaders.htm
"...I never place higher than 4th or 5th from the bottom..." So what? You're having fun and that's what shooting is about. The absolute best vacations I've ever had were the trips to the Second Chance Shoot. Bar none. Got to shoot a bunch of firearms I'd never have had the chance to shoot anywhere else. Met Massad Ayoob(good guy), saw all the other big name high rollers(who ignore all of the other shooters) shoot, watched my buddy beat Jerry Miculek in a man-on-man(A class act. Got beat and stuck out his hand to shake my buddy's hand in congratulations), talked to Mr. Hogue(his 'sales table' was a card table. Nice guy.), all the big name smithy shop owners and generally had the best time imaginable. Where'd I place? Bottom half of about 500 shooters the first year, in the middle the second year. My point is that shooting is so much fun that where you place in a match doesn't matter.

frankt
July 2, 2005, 09:04 PM
I shot a local match recently where a gentleman was shooting a S&W 29. I don't know what kind of loads he were using but everybody was checking to see if we really had our hearing protection on.

He did quite well and would have done better except he lost count of his rounds and lost some time before realizing he was empty.

jdkelly
July 3, 2005, 04:00 PM
I have a 3" model 29 at S&W right now being refurbished. When I get it back I may shoot it in SSR just so I can verbally slap the "38 spl. in 357 mag revolvers", gamers.:)


Respectfully,

jkelly

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