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CCW Big Bore love.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 357smallbore, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. 357smallbore

    357smallbore Member

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    Rossi 720.jpg Rossi 720-3.jpg I have had this Rossi 720 for 12 years. I bought it at an Estate Sale. It had never been fired. Paid $350 for it. It came hammerless as the "Covert" model. I wanted a hammer on it so paid $20 at Numerich and put it on.
    What a wonderful hand cannon. It is my main ccw piece. This gun was manf in 94 and I can say it's a K frame gun with a J frame butt. Just perfect being a 3in barrel weapon. It has a butter smooth trigger pull. No creep, stacking or holdover. Gun is more accurate then me at 20 yrds.
    I load my own for practice (200 grain) Carry Blazer 200 JHP for ccw with speed strip.
    Any other fans of this ole 44 Special?
     
  2. ontarget

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    I picked up a vintage Charter Arms Bulldog in 44 Spl a while back. It is still unfired in the box with papers. It's not a collector's dream obviously but it's a very nice revolver. I like the semi bobbed hammer. Anyway, I have started accumulating ammo for it and once I wring it out it may become my EDC for the colder months.
    I would also like to come across a SAA clone in 44 Spl.
     
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  3. the Black Spot

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    Always wanted a 720
     
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    The 720 is another one of only a few import revolver gems. Highly underrated in their time mostly because of the stigma of being imported. Years later, when they are better quality than most of the new stuff they finally gain some prominence.
     
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  5. Tallball

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    I should take a better picture of mine. I don't carry it, but it's one of my favorite shooters. The adjustable sights are maybe kind of "snaggy" for CC, and the plastic front sight insert is somewhat fragile. The hammer-mounted firing pin broke on mine, but with care, patience, and a small file, you can shape a S&W Model 10 version to fit. The trigger on mine is excellent and the sights are largish and easy to see. It is absurdly accurate for such a small revolver. It suits both large and small hands well. Everyone who shoots it likes it.

    A local pawnshop had an example of the hammerless fixed sight version of the 720 and obviously didn't really know what it was. I got it for $250 plus tax (this was only a year or two ago). Unfortunately, the trigger is pretty stiff. Between the stiff trigger and the notch sights I don't shoot it particularly well. If I ever get around to lightening up the trigger it will be much more fun to shoot. I could see it as a carry piece, though it's pretty heavy.

    The one I do carry occasionally is this shrouded Charter Arms Bulldog. It is light. I like the shrouded hammer. The trigger is pretty good. I can't shoot it like I can shoot the first 720 shown above, but I can shoot it plenty well enough for SD. I like having five rounds of 44 special in such a carry-friendly revolver.

    This one was barely used at the LGS. I liked the idea of being able to practice with the easily-available and relatively inexpensive 45acp, and got a decent deal on it. Unfortunately, someone sold or traded it knowing that it had a problem. The cylinder bound itself shut after just ten or fifteen rounds of shooting. I was grateful that Charter Arms fixed it quickly and for free, even though I'd bought it used. The trigger is decent - the typical Charter Arms trigger. The little springy things that hold that rounds in the chambers are clever. Unfortunately Charter Arms doesn't offer a DOA trigger for it (last time I checked). I prefer my carry revolvers without a hammer spur, but certainly wouldn't feel unarmed with it. I don't have them both in front of me, but IIRC, it is the same size and weight as the Bulldog.
     
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  6. Meeks36

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    Great now I have another firearm I must have. I had a Rossi 971 it was sweet. Looking at your 720 means I will locate one and snatch it up. Still hunting a decently priced SS 971. Seen a couple blued 971. Just have to find a stainless one.
     
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  7. DRJ1911

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    I have a Charter Bulldog and like it a lot. I got it for winter carry but find I carry it more than I thought I would.
     
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    1E0C8F07-724E-4154-B19B-0E633135B67A.jpeg One of my favorite CCW revolvers. I stoke it with .44 special’ish handloads.
     
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  9. Duster340

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    I too like a big bore CCW.

    I carry the Bulldog pretty much all the time. Though the 4" 629 is often on me when hiking, working or hunting on our property up north and concealment is less of a concern. 20170909_163050.jpg
     
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    I need an Alaskan bad, thanks for the reminder!
     
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    image.jpeg I like the bulldog xl in 45 colt
     
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    The hammer on the Chief Spl. I used to carry for work tore up my suit jacket linings and would sometimes snag when drawn. A little work with a Dremmel cutoff wheel and abrasive bit did a nice job of relieving that problem. If the spur bothers you, it's easy enough to remove.
     
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    I liked my 6" Rossi 971 a lot, too. I figured that if I liked my 720 so much, I would also like the 971. It was a good shooter and never gave me any trouble. Unfortunately for my relationship with the Rossi, I ran across a 6" Taurus Old Model 66 with a trigger that was even better. After I took the Taurus to the range once, I realized I would probably never shoot the Rossi anymore and traded it towards something else.

    Thanks for the good advice Speedo66. I did the same to the hammer spur of a Taurus Model 85 that I used to have, and it turned out just fine. My FiL still owns it. I think he carries it sometimes. I doubt if I'll do that with the CA 45, since I can just carry the CA 44 instead. We might be giving other folks good ideas, though. :)
     
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    I like my Rossi 720 and CA Bulldog .44 specials. I carry the CA more since it is the lighter of the two.

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    S&W 629-5 .44 mag I have carried but on the heavy side. o_O

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    Charter Arms .41 Mag
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    Nice revolvers in this thread! :thumbup: Let me toss a couple more in.

    1917 Colt .45acp

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    Cimarron/Pietta .45 Colt

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  20. Fiv3r

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    Love the big bores. I am packing my Charter Arms Pitbull in .45 acp as a back up to keep in the truck this week on a hiking trip. I love how compact and light it is, and it shares ammo with my primary piece.
     
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    My wife's Taurus 445, .44 special, is a force to be reckoned with....


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