Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Targa, Aug 29, 2022.
Now I did giggle once shooting it. I have a Birchwood Casey steel spinner target that says it's good for up to .44 mag. I've shot it thousands of times over the years with everything from .22lr up to .357mag and it's been great. Well one day I decided to take a poke at it with the .44 mag. It spun so rapidly I thought it was going to lift off!! And when I went to investigate, the once-flat disc was now cupped to a saucer shape. OK for .44 mag my @$$!!
I'm a real man? God made me a male, my Dad made me a man.
I don't giggle either.
But shooting big bore handguns does make me smile.
I actually laughed out loud after shooting a belt fed machine gun, a BAR, a Thompson submachine gun and a few other full automatic weapons at Knob Creek a few years ago. Shredding a junk car with an automatic weapon is great fun.
Do you do a lot of big game hunting with a handgun past 50 yards?
Other than that, I don't see the point of those bigger calibers, esp. from a handgun. IIRC, 454 Casull is 4X the energy of 44 Mag. I don't want to do that to myself, especially from a handgun.
I'm with Bob.
Men don't giggle. We may chuckle, chortle and occasionally guffaw, but gigging? That's for sissies!
Long, long ago my first .44 was a S&W 629. Wood target grips, 6 or 6.5" barrel. I took it out to the Badlands here in SD. I took up a sitting position; two hand hold using one knee for support. BANG. The lower edge of the wood target grip caught me right under the knee cap. !$&%(*#@%!! I rolled backward hitting my head on a rock. !$&%(*#@%!! At that point I rolled onto my left side and, in trying to stand up, put my hand on a cactus. !$&%(*#@%!!
Giggle like an idiot? Feeling like an idiot? You bet.
The two concepts aren't mutually exclusive, speaking for myself
But when last I walked into an NRA convention in rural Hicksville dressed in a tutu, Wayne LaPierre did say - "...never question a manly man who openly chooses to do that."
And all of us idiots took turns. Nobody walked away without some wrist and palm pain. One of the guys has a 45-70 barrel for his contender and said that my 44 loads felt just like his factory 45-70 loads and that he won’t shoot his 45-70 barrel anymore.
It's funny the 50 AE is nearly identical to the bottom 2" of my 300 WSM cases, minus the bottleneck. I think about shooting my 300 WSM in a 5 lb handgun, and add about 200 grains to the bullet weight.....yeah, no thanks.
And I wasn't giggling.
First time I shot a 44magnum was a 629 magna classic when they initially hit the scene. After all the hoopla about how much they recoiled I was kind of like....thats it? Same with the 454 in a Raging bull. I had a death grip on that Taurus revolver thinking it was going to be a challenge to control. Im not a bodybuilder either.
Bought it about 30 years ago after shooting my BILs ported 4" Dan Wesson. So I've actually never fired an UNported .44 mag.
Do you have to see the point? Does there even have to be a point?
No you don't... But it's a thrill to control all that power.
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