Our bigger revolvers (and generally handguns)


Bigger is Better
July 18, 2008, 12:22 PM
Until some week ago my bigger revolver was a Ruger Super RedHawk .480 Ruger, but I've sold it :banghead: 'cause it was too expensive to shoot, especially because of ammunitions cost, that in Italy amounts to about 40 or more per only 20 cartridges. I've also shot the SRH in .454 Casull, a Desert Eagle .44 Magnum and a 12" S&W PC Hunter .460.
Now, at least until the arrive - let's hope! - of BFR, my bigger handgun is a stainless Ruger Vaquero Old model .44 Magnum, 5 1/2" barrel and equiped with black micarta grips: I love this gun, and I think it's better .44 mag. handgun I've shot with.
I've also two .45 Long Colt revolvers, bigger for diameter but not for power.

Those are mine. Yours?

P.S. I'd like post some picture, but they're too heavy and I'm not able to upload 'em. Have you some suggestion?


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July 18, 2008, 12:31 PM
I have a contender pistol barrel in 45/70 no muzzle brake , thats a hoot to shoot :) A friend of mine has a 4" S&W 500 thats pretty evil but he wont shoot my contender with full house loads .
Only problem is after about 20 rounds it hurts !!! Still love it though , great seeing peoples faces when I pull it out and then show them the 500 grn cast bullets that I shoot .:evil:

July 18, 2008, 01:44 PM
I just have a little old L frame .357:(

Vern Humphrey
July 18, 2008, 03:30 PM
Do you handload? It will not only cut ammo costs but also allow you to load your Ruger Blackhawk .45 to beat your .44 (slightly.)

July 18, 2008, 04:33 PM
I have two Dan Wesson Large Frame Revolvers. A 744 (44 Mag) and a 445 SuperMag.

Here is a picture of my 744...

Still need to take some of the 445 SuperMag.

July 18, 2008, 07:33 PM
.44 cap and ball.

July 18, 2008, 10:28 PM
Ruger blackhawk in .45 Colt. 7.5" barrel and 2x Leupold scope. 1400 fps is easy with 250 grain XTPs. not pleasant to shoot by any stretch, but manageable.

My other big revolver is a S&W 29-2 with 6" barrel. I baby this gun and haven't run anything more potent than a 240 cast SWC at 1200 fps through it.

Ben Shepherd
July 18, 2008, 10:33 PM
Physically largest?
That'd be my 9.5" super redhawk in 44 mag.

Most power?
Most likely my 375 JDJ barrel on my contender frame.

July 19, 2008, 06:36 AM
I started my revolver addiction nearly ten years ago with a Ruger .45 convertible Blackhawk. That was followed by more Ruger SAs and my first-ever DA revolver - a 7.5" .454 SRH. Fun - a real 'blast' with 240gr Hornady XTP .454s. It's long been a memory - as have all of my Ruger revolvers, save my Old Army c&b bp. While technically, I have a couple of 625s in .45 ACP and Colt, I would suppose that my 'meanest' current revolver is the 6" 629 shown below.


Actually, while it has launched it's share of 'hotties', and those .500 Magnum Hogues it sports helps there, it is more likely to be the launch device for my massive 240gr LSWCs from .44 Russian and Special cases - some even nearly 800 fps! Yeah, I've wimped out a bit - CTS has rendered my .454 Casull/.500 S&W Magnum popping days a memory, I fear. Actually, the worst recoils I have experienced are the 340 with .357M CorBons - snappy - and nothing to hold on to - and the .50AE DE. The latter isn't bad at all - initially - then that rotational inertia is taken up by your wrist - the twist hurts! No matter... I've discovered that .38's that barely make it to the metal plates still make a 'ping!'. And... with a proper tailwind and hitting high enough, can actually drop the rebounders... whooppee!


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 19, 2008, 11:04 AM
I've got one of these...


and one of these...


July 19, 2008, 11:54 AM
Mine are mundane and affordable .45s....favorites for carry would be the 1911, the SAA's, and the S&W pre-war .45ACP Hand Ejectors....all of very similar trim weight, all totally adequate for all my needs....and if they can't do it, a Ruger in .45 Colt loaded hotter for dang sure would. Couldn't afford to shoot any of them if I hadn't been handloading for the last 30+ years.

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