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The Recoil Scale

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by MikePGS, Sep 21, 2007.

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  1. MikePGS

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    I've only shot a few different calibers of handguns and without renting dozens more I would like to get an idea of what the relative recoil of various calibers are. Could anyone who cares to please give me the recoil of any calibers they have shot just on a scale of 1-10 for quick reference? I'm guessing that .22LR would be at about a 1 and .700 Nitro Express would be at about a 10, though as previously mentioned i could be wrong :) Also since obviously the same cartridge has a different "feel" in various firearms (ie a .357 mag in a 6 inch vs a .357 mag in a 2 inch scandium frame) if you could list what you've shot it in as well that would be greatly appreciated. Heres mine so far:

    10
    9
    8
    7 .41 magnum single action (can't recall the gun unfortunately)
    6 .357 magnum
    5.40 caliber Glock 23, .40 caliber Sig Sauer P229
    4 XD 45 Compact
    3.38 special (out of some kind of smith and wesson .357 my grandpa had as a reserve police officer) 9mm Glock 19
    2
    1 Ruger Mark II .22 lr

    Any additional input would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
     
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    There is a video floating around where a fella had a custom 600 nitro barrel made for a Thompson single shot handgun. In the video, the gun was litterally torn out of his hand and sent flying.

    Check THR for threads about derringers. Some folks here have actually lit off 45-70's in these little things.
     
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    I've fired a BFR in 45-70, and it isn't nearly as bad as what I thought it would be (certainly not as hard as a .454 Casull); the short barrel doesn't allow very much of the powder to burn, so you don't get much velocity in a handgun. Some rounds have a WIDE variety of loads that make it feel very different from one load to another; in 44 Magnum, you can get everything from lead cowboy loads that feel about the same as a 38 Special, up to full-house JSPs that feel almost as heavy as a .454.
     
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