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LAR Grizzly 45 win mag

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 98s1lightning, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. 98s1lightning

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    I'm educating myself on the 45 win mag LAR pistols. Everything I read says fit and finish on these guns is very good. Only problem I see is extractor issues which doesn't appear to be all too common.

    Are these pistols good for field service? Reliable?

    I think a reloader could get away with less than full power loads and still have a distinct advantage over the 45acp or 45acp +p (providing the gun will cycle them)
     
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    They are very well made and finished , they are pretty easy to strip, therefore repair. The .45 Win Mag is a very strong load, fully equal to a .44 magnum. The LAR Grizzly is a big gun and good holsters for it hard to find. I carried the one I had for 10+ years in an Uncle Mike Bandalero pouch , as that was the best I could find when I owned it. . The case easily held 25 grains of H110 and my 6" gun gave a 250 grain bullet 1400 FPS with that load ! It KICKS !
     
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    Gordon, you put a lot of rounds through that during the 10 years? Happy with its service? Ever take game with it?
     
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    I put probably in the higher 100s , the 50 round boxes were never cheap, I bought 200 rounds of Winchester ammo and loaded them several times, allways lost sme every time shooting as it is no revolver ! The pistol quite frankly kicked very hard, about double a full .45acp 1911 load I'd say. It does not manage recoil like a gas fed Desert Eagle, it seems to slap harder than a .50 AE ot of one of rhose. There fore I did not shoot it much , less and less over the years. I never hunted with it, the sights are real good for say up to 25 yards, most game I see are farther away than that . I sold it for more than I paid for it , I guess I owned it from 1991-2013 . It never gave me any trouble , I think Col. Cooper was correct about the maximum controllable power of a defensive handgun and I learned it for my self with that gun. It is a fun gun to own, better for me than a Desert Eagle, I think more reliable.
     
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    Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.
     
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    I am going to venture a guess that the Grizzly is not going to like less than full power loads. My Desert Eagle L5 (lite weight, 5" barrel) does not like lite loads in 50ae or 44mag... it functions great with full power loads.

    ...just a thought, something you might want to investigate before purchasing.

    P.S. Does the Grizzly have an adjustable gas port? I can't remember but it seems like I read this somewhere. An adjustable gas port might give you better reliability with lite loads. Oh wait... it is a 1911 action, no gas port at all.
     
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    I would like to fire one first but the odds of that are almost impossible.
     
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    I've always wanted one of the longslide Grizzlys, just for the "wow" factor. They're kind of scarce these days...
     
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    I just doubt the recoil will be too much to make one want to sell it......
     
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