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Thought about a .357 but after seeing this, maybe a 44 mag isn't all that bad

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by sernv99, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. sernv99

    sernv99 Well-Known Member

    saw this little ole' woman shooting a 44 mag and enjoying it....well damn, if she can shoot it and not cry about it I can sure as hell man up and buy me a 44 mag without worrying about the recoil.....or is she using target loads?? :p

  2. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter Well-Known Member

    I'd say by the very marginal muzzle flash exhibited and the minimal muzzle jump she was using a light load.
  3. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    I taught my wife to shoot a pistol with my S&W M629 with 240 gr hunting loads.
    Any able bodied person can shoot a .44 mag.
    She carries a .44 spl snubby now. :D

  4. sernv99

    sernv99 Well-Known Member

    How long of a barrel must you go to in order for the 44 mag revolver to be able to absorb the recoil to a point where it is manageable (using hunting loads)?
  5. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    A few rounds of full on .44 Mag in a day isn't bad but having shot some I would not want a regular diet of it for my typical day at the range where I'll go through typically 200 rounds of shooting. It's got a little too much "presence" for doing a lot of shooting for my own tastes.

    THe only way you'll know is to find a helpful soul that'll let you use his gun to shoot your own ammo through or a commercial range with both up for use.
  6. .38 Special

    .38 Special Well-Known Member

    I can shoot the .44 Magnum. I prefer to shoot the .357 Magnum.
  7. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    My wife sold her .357 because it didnt recoil enough... :D
    Recoil depends on the grips and weight of the pistol more than the barrel length.
    An N frame or a Ruger with decent grips will be fine with standard hunting loads.

  8. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    Double Tap

  9. exflatlander

    exflatlander Well-Known Member

    .44 mag revolvers are great and easy to shoot (when using .44 special loads).

    If you don't handload you will hate the thing the second time you pay twice as much for 1/2 the ammo.
  10. I love the 44 Magnum, only caliber I like better is the 45 Colt, next would be a 45 ACP, and 357 Magnum, then comes the .32H&R and 32-20.
  11. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Those loads were either .44 Special or light handloads.

    That said, the .44, if you're a reloader, is much more versatile than the .357. You can always load the .44 down......you can only load up the .357 so far.

    Plus, light to medium-heavy loads in the .44 are less stressful to the gun than full bore .357's.

  12. wuchak

    wuchak Well-Known Member

    But try finding a 15oz .44 mag that you can put in your front pocket : )

    Different animals but both great calibers. Especially if you reload.

    It really depends on what you want to do with it.
  13. hoptob

    hoptob Well-Known Member

    Yeah, these weren't full 44 mags; or maybe these weren't 44 mags at all. With a hold like that and full house magnums, the gun would hit her in her forehead.

  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    David E,
    I have to totally disagree with you. Not only can you download .357 Magnum brass to a 148gr Wadcutter target round at only 600 fps you can shoot any .38 Special or .38 Special +P round in a .357 Magnum. I know a few shooters who load a 158gr LSWC at only 700fps in .357 Magnum brass and they use only that round in their .357 Magnum revolver.

    BADUNAME2 Well-Known Member

    I think you missed the point. No one's saying that you can't load the .357 down, only that you can't load it up to .44 Mag levels.

  16. alaskanativeson

    alaskanativeson Well-Known Member

    I have found that a 6 inch .44 Mag isn't hard to shoot even with hot loads. I wouldn't have a problem with shooting several boxes of rounds through a Super Redhawk, Anaconda, or S&W 29 (other than the cost.) Since it sounds like you're going to be hunting with it you'll probably want at least a 6 inch barrel anyway and that helps a lot with the big 44 loads.
  17. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    3", and it packs really well. Lots of good S&Ws and Rugers in that length. But if you are really hunting with it, you want a longer one - for many reasons.
  18. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    Definatly not top end loads. However when my wife and I were only dating she loved to shoot my Redhawk topped with a 4X Leupold, and top end loads. With that particular load, and even with the scope mounted, recoil was rough for most folks. She did however have to use a rest. From there she jumped in on the 357 with no reservations no matter what the load. Since she has shot every hendgun I own except my 454. Not that she probably could not shoot it, but after watching me shoot it she chooses not to.

    The 44 mag is very versitle, especially if you load for it, which as suggested, makes it much more affordable. With 100 cases your set for a couple of years of loading if you don't over work the cases.

    The various bullet weights from different manufacturers make taloring a load for just about any situation easy and it carries enough power to hunt most big game. I also would recommend the longer barrel lengths especially for hunting. The extra bit of sight radius helps out greatly in accuracy. My main load uses the Remington 240gr SJHP and has worked out great for years. IT hits hard and shoots tight out to 100yds. I mainly use it for feral hogs but would not hesitate to use it on deer in the right conditions.

    There are a LOT of good ones out there, choosing the best boils down to your personal preferences. As always, if you can try before you buy, it really helps in making the final decision.

  19. politicaldookie

    politicaldookie Active Member

    These days 44's seem pretty mild compared to the hand cannons that are out there.
  20. pmeisel

    pmeisel Well-Known Member

    Most of my shooting is in 357/38, but I occasionally get to have a little fun with friends' 44s. I can handle the recoil easily, and I think all but the most slightly built people can learn too....

    But, a box of full house loads is all the shooting you want to do for a day. On the other hand, you can shoot several dozen light target loads and finish up with a cylinder or two of the heavy stuff, and it ain't near as hard on ya.....

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