Wounded by the 44 Magnum...


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ChefJeff1
January 19, 2011, 08:34 PM
the most powerful handgun in the world.

So, I was shooting some .357, 30-30 and some .22 today.
I was just finishing up and cleaning up my trash and collecting my target holder when someone pulls up. He gets out of his truck and we chat for a minute. He says he is going to shoot his 44 mag, a 629-8 4". I said I never shot one of those even I did shoot one once hoping he'd let me shoot it. He let me shoot it alright. He shared almost a full box with me, what a cool dude. It was fun, I liked it. However, on the last shot I don't know what I did but I got my thumbnail ripped off. I think it got caught on the latch. It hurts a lot and here is a pic. Thanks, Jeff Ps. I want one more than ever now...

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murf
January 19, 2011, 09:22 PM
nice pic chefjeff1. just wait till you load it up, aim with a normal bent-elbow grip and crack yourself in the forehead with the front sight. doesn't feel good and bleeds a lot. best durn shoot'in there is!

murf

ChefJeff1
January 19, 2011, 09:42 PM
I'm more afraid of the pointy reat sight. My co-shooter had some pretty good fly-back.

murf
January 19, 2011, 11:08 PM
don't be afraid of it. just respect it and keep a firm grip before and after the shot. it's all good!

murf

Ledgehammer
January 19, 2011, 11:15 PM
Is your whole nail gone or just the corner piece. I don't know how you did that but it looks painful. I've shot a 50 cal many times and never had anything close to that happen. That's weird.

ChefJeff1
January 19, 2011, 11:55 PM
Just the corner. It was hanging on there but I yanked it off...better sooner than later. I enjoyed shooting the 44 mag, I guess it was just one of those things.

It is now the next gun on my list:evil:

hoghunting
January 20, 2011, 12:12 AM
Wounded by the 44 Magnum...
the most powerful handgun in the world.

Sorry, the 44 Mag lost that title years ago.

CHEVELLE427
January 20, 2011, 12:31 AM
NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD CALL MY 44MAG A PLINKING GUN.

but with the 454, 460, 500, 50ae.

ain't nothing to it anymore

HelterSkelter
January 20, 2011, 12:44 AM
i have always shot with my right armed straight and my left arm bent holding the gun in my right hand. i've heard people poopoo this way of shooting but i've never been injured by my gun.

after looking at my revolvers, the only way i can think of you getting an injury such as that is if your thumb caught on something in front of the grip as it was recoiling. when i shoot i keep my thumb kind of tucked in which keeps it out of the way.

wrs840
January 20, 2011, 12:58 AM
Everybody needs a blued S&W 29 that's old enough to have original wood grips.

I'm 52 years old, 5' 9", 180lbs, and not exactly a studly dude. They're really not that hard to shoot without hurting yourself. :neener:

Les

hardluk1
January 20, 2011, 08:44 AM
I allways felt a heavy hot 357 load, say a 180gr at around 1275fps in a mid frame revolver had more twist and kick than a full house 44 240gr at 1400fps in the average full sized frame when the barrels are the same lenght. even the 300gr loads seem to push ,not snap.

deacon8
January 20, 2011, 12:47 PM
Was it next to the cylinder gap? There are some serious gasses that leak out of there, especially with a .44 mag. I don't know how experienced of a pistol shooter you are, but I have to stop someone twice because they didn't know how to shoot a revolver (or any pistol for that matter). Just saying, injuring from that IS possible. Putting your finger there could easily take off your whole nail and/or give you a serious "slice."

MD_Willington
January 20, 2011, 01:01 PM
wrs840

Have to agree, my Dr's husband has a Model 29 like that, sweet shooter too... I actually double tapped a spinner with it... once.. just once. : )

357 Terms
January 20, 2011, 04:39 PM
Wow! thats strange. Iv'e shot two 44's at one time, a Vaqero in one hand and a Blackhawk in the other. Took me three tries to hit the phone book 10ft in front of me. It was a blast ( pun intended ).

BCRider
January 20, 2011, 11:23 PM
Yeah, they are fun guns to shoot.

Without seeing how you were holding the gun at the time there's no way to know what caught you on the recoil and caused the injury. But it doesn't seem like a cylinder gap gas cutting injury to me. More like you had your thumb in a spot that it just caught the edge of the nail on a part of the gun due to holding it wrong.

I like a high hold in the grip and with the S&W 629 this means the cylinder catch button rips at my right hand thumb back around the knuckle. If I had one of my own I'd have to either modify my grip slightly to a lower hold or do something about the rear edges of the release button.

winchester1886
January 21, 2011, 12:05 AM
The 44 Mag. may not be the king of the hill anymore but you still gotta love it. Look at the the bullets and the different loads.It will kill anything I'm going to be hunting 2 or 4 legs. I bought My Super Blackhawk in 78 I love that gun.I load 300gr,240,gr,185gr and 255gr Keith SWC.

GP100man
January 21, 2011, 08:58 AM
I`ll go with the cyl release theory or the nail caught up under the corner of the big wood target style grips , theres no injury on the thumb itself just the corner of the nail ripped off.

I chewed up my thumb knuckle purty good on my cuz`s 29 1 time . It`s always amazed me how shooters (me included & at the front of the line) will grip a handgun comfortably but the grip not neccasarily be correct/safe or work !!!!

Buck Snort
January 21, 2011, 08:58 AM
From the sound of things it appears your shoot'n friend was loading up some super hot loads. I've never had a 44 mag. jump so hard it ended up over my head. A 454 Casull? You bet, but never a 44 mag.

NMGonzo
January 21, 2011, 11:24 AM
It can happen ...

Bush Pilot
January 21, 2011, 12:37 PM
the most powerful handgun in the world.

So, I was shooting some .357, 30-30 and some .22 today.
I was just finishing up and cleaning up my trash and collecting my target holder when someone pulls up. He gets out of his truck and we chat for a minute. He says he is going to shoot his 44 mag, a 629-8 4". I said I never shot one of those even I did shoot one once hoping he'd let me shoot it. He let me shoot it alright. He shared almost a full box with me, what a cool dude. It was fun, I liked it. However, on the last shot I don't know what I did but I got my thumbnail ripped off. I think it got caught on the latch. It hurts a lot and here is a pic. Thanks, Jeff Ps. I want one more than ever now...
Walk it off and go buy a 44 mag. I'd stay away from the lite weight models, they don't look fun at all.

phoglund
January 21, 2011, 12:48 PM
Gotta say that looks friggin' painful! OUCH!

.44 Magnum is fun. I once blasted all six rounds of 300gr. full house hardcast loads as fast as possible from my 3" Model 29...and had a blister on the thumb of my grip hand for doing so!

I have to admit I usually download for most shooting though, still a big boom, but a bit more fun on the hand.

Paul

Standing Wolf
January 21, 2011, 01:52 PM
Without seeing how you were holding the gun at the time there's no way to know what caught you on the recoil and caused the injury. But it doesn't seem like a cylinder gap gas cutting injury to me. More like you had your thumb in a spot that it just caught the edge of the nail on a part of the gun due to holding it wrong.

I have to concur. Let me add, please, an awful lot of shooters learn about recoil and semi-automatic slides the proverbial "hard way."

If the gun was blued, blood can destroy the bluing in seconds flat, and wiping it off may well not do the trick.

buck460XVR
January 21, 2011, 01:55 PM
I suspect you ripped the nail while trying to wipe the big-azz smile off your face.

turbo
January 21, 2011, 02:00 PM
Ouch, well, that will grow back!! I have a Ruger bisley in 44mag, i really enjoy reloading the 44 special for it, its a nice cowboy round also.:)

ChefJeff1
January 21, 2011, 11:54 PM
yeah, my smile was pretty big and my nail will grow back.

I want a mountain gun so bad.

We were shooting 240grain winchester jacketed soft point, I think.

NMGonzo
January 22, 2011, 06:17 AM
yeah, my smile was pretty big and my nail will grow back.

I want a mountain gun so bad.

We were shooting 240grain winchester jacketed soft point, I think.

Everyone needs one.

At least here in Albuquerque the prices for used stainless ones are coming down ... now that I don't have any money.

dogngun
January 22, 2011, 08:55 AM
and make youu aware of the importance of good hand placement. Practice, practice, practice...you need to buy a .44 of your own and really work out with it!


mark

bad4dr
January 22, 2011, 06:12 PM
Heh...did anyone else chuckle at the fact that the OP's pic is labeled "attached thumbnail?"

It doesn't take much for me, folks :)

Smoovbiscuit
January 22, 2011, 07:51 PM
My first revolver was a S&W 629 6" .44 magnum. I miss it dearly, and I can't wait until I get my hands on another!

SaberOne
January 22, 2011, 10:41 PM
I can certainly visualize how that happened and all I can say is ‘better you than me’. I no longer have any interest at all to shoot .44 mag’s. I’ll stick to the .38+P’s and call it done.

ChefJeff1
January 22, 2011, 11:29 PM
Bad4dr, that's hilarious, thanks for pointing that out. That alone makes it all worth it.

In case anyone cares, I'm healing very nicely and am getting used to the oversized ducttape bandaid that i work with all day.

messerist
January 23, 2011, 08:27 AM
Looks like it just up and bit ya. "Wounded" and ".44 mag" are seldom used in a sentence together.:) I hope you are healing well. Now go out and git one!

Schuarta
January 23, 2011, 07:00 PM
I've been shopping for weeks for a "neat", big caliber, single action. I had a Super Blackhawk .44 Mag for many years, but no longer have it.

I stopped by Cabela's this morning and once more began scanning their "Library" of used guns. To my surprise I discovered a "mint condition" stainless Ruger Blackhawk Bisley, with and engraved un-fluted cylinder for .45 LC, and a second fluted cylinder for .45 ACP. Add to this an unbelievable price - it was one of many guns from a colector's widow - and I could not resist. I bought it!

Now I have the power and variety of .45 LC loads, and the economy of .45 ACP loads for practice (I have target quality .45 ACP's in great quantity for my 1911 and Sig). I think this will satisfy my need for another .44 Mag.

Camjr
January 23, 2011, 07:25 PM
Ahh, good times...

Nushif
January 24, 2011, 05:12 PM
I really do think every afficionado needs a nice "impractically large" cartridge in his collection.

I sent 100 rounds of 10mm through my gun in as short order as I could when I first got it and had a BLAST!

It's a one time experience. Make it count. 8)

bluetopper
January 24, 2011, 10:32 PM
I do all my handgun shooting with one hand, bullseye style. That's just the way I was taught and it is by far the most comfortable for me.

When I was a kid I was told "If a handgun was meant to be shot with two hands it would have two handles on it."

The 44 Mag is by far the most fun and versatile handgun caliber for a reloader there is.

Gottahaveone
January 24, 2011, 11:03 PM
I hope you at lease had the good graces to not bleed on his pistol :D
All kidding aside, sometimes it's hard to know exactly what happened. years ago I let a buddy shoot my 4 5/8 Blackhawk in .45 Colt. They were stout handloads. He somehow wrapped his pinky under the grip frame in such a way that when it rolled up in his hand, it took a half moon piece of meat off of the inside of his finger. I've shot hundreds of those loads with nary an issue. We never did determine exactly how he did it, but he refuses to shoot it to this day.

788Ham
January 24, 2011, 11:30 PM
I really like my 629 6", truly a fun shooter. My hands aren't huge, but those grips S&W puts on an N frame are something else, almost like 2X4 on each side. I got a set of Hogue grips for it, really tamed it down, as far as handling ability. I've had this for several years now, 629-1, still quite a shooter, my wife even likes to shoot it with full house 240 grainers.

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