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Wanting a big-bore DA snubby for shooting big bullets at low speeds (handloading)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MatthewVanitas, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. sabbfan

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    If you have small hands definitely the Super Redhawk. I too have small hands and my Super Redhawk fits me great. N frame smiths and the regular Redhawk have too great of a reach to the trigger for me to shoot comfortably.
     
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    Only 23 of those made it down the assembly line, so they are as rare as hen’s teeth. There is plenty of safety margin built into the six-shots not to worry about it. If you want a .475 Linebaugh built on the Alaskan frame I would just have a good gun-builder make a five-shot cylinder for it.
     
  3. RugRev

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    "If I'm not planning to ream it out to .475 Linebaugh or anything, is there any virtue in trying to find one of the less-common 5-shot variants, or just stick with the six shot? I don't particularly need a sixth shot, though I note the few folks making speedloaders (like if for some crazy reason I wanted to IDPA with it for kicks) are six shot. Or if I'm doing "creative" but not insane handloading, is there some extra caution to having a little more metal between chambers?"

    Seems that if my memory is correct very few 5 shot .480's were made and when one is found they are pricey. As to handloading not only metal between chambers has to be considered but metal between chamber and the outside of the cylinder. Here nothing is gained going to a 5 shot revolver.
     
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    Please delete - I see MaxP already has posted the answer.
     
  5. greenmtnguy

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    So far I have got a few hundred rounds of factory, and handloads through my 45 colt Charter Arms Bulldog, which has a steel frame. No worries, no mechanical or wear issues. Though with fixed sights you will have challenges if you deviate from standard 45Colt or 45ACP loadings about POA,POI
     
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  6. Buckeye63

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    Im a Charter fan , I have one Charter 44 spl at this time ...
    But if I was looking for a Big Bore DA for working up handloads the S&W 69 would be my pick .. five shot 44mag built on the fine S&W L frame ... The 69 is a stout built 44 mag option , plenty of metal between the cylinders,

    My woods pistol is my Glock 20 or 29 and some Underwood ammo
     
  7. Buckeye63

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    The Charter Bulldog frames are steel ..
    Thats the 44Spl, 9mm,357mag,40S&W ,327mag and the 6 shot 38spl ...
    I have owned Charter revolvers for over 35yrs
    They are solid frames no side plate, though lighter than the K frame size Taurus 44spl and Rossi 720/721 . They are as strong ...
     
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  8. Boarhunter

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    I enjoy shooting slow bullets through the big-bore snubbies as well and have several P.C. Smiths that fit the bill. But one of my favorites is an old Taurus Total Titanium 445 44 special. Sweet shooter. And carries like a dream as a bonus.

    BOARHUNTER
     
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    I was lucky enough to snag a Rossi 720 DAO about 6 months ago. I also barely missed getting a Taurus 431.
     
  10. Duster340

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    I've eclipsed the 4000 rd count in my newer production 2.5" CA Bulldog. I like the shoot and carry it.... a lot. ;)

    Be well and looking forward to seeing what you ultimately choose MathewVanitas.
     
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  11. eastbank

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    I would go for a S&W 460, with the ability to shoot .45 colt-454 casoll and the top 460 ammo.
     
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    If you want something unusual you could look for a Dan Wesson 445 supermag. I have one, I have only ever met in person one other guy who has ever heard of it. Uses 429 cal bullets and can shoot 44 mags like they are 44 specials.
     
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    If you could find one a Taurus pre Judge model 450 in 45 Colt is a great 5 shooter but not a snubbie at 4". S&W made the 625 in both 45ACP and Colt with a 3" barrel.
     
  15. MatthewVanitas

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    Great site, thanks! Good gracious, they cite one load at 416 ft/sec with a 420gr, 3.5gr of Trail Boss. Quite the softball!

    And looking further at grips, these Compact ones from Altamont (did they replace Lett?) look cool, and have texturing both on the side panels and on the rubber: The Carter Center: Senior Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program; Emory University https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=df7c54b3f1588392&tk=1d0cmdpbo18h9003&from=serp&vjs=3

    (Apparently the Super Redhawk takes the exact same grips as the GP100)
     
  16. 460Shooter

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    But the whole point of a 460 mag is velocity which is of course why it was developed with an 8 and 3/8" barrel. The OP wants a snub which in my mind negates the usefulness of the 460 mag. I never understood the real short barreled versions. I have a 5" version, but personally I wouldn't go shorter than that as the velocity loss would negate any benefit 460 mag has to offer. But that's just my opinion.

    There's an advantage financially to the 45 cal cartridges over the 480 family. So I guess if the OP wants a 45 snub, the Alaskan in 454 Cassull gets my vote. The smaller frame of the Super Redhawk with an extra shot is advantageous also and can be had at a lower price.
     
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  17. eastbank

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    I have no need for a 460 S&W in a revolver, but have a older 22" barreled ruger #1 in .460 and it sure is a duzzie.
     
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    I've got one of those too! You don't come across too many of them do you?

    Yeah, the recoil is surprising out of that rifle.

    Anyway, back on topic.
     
  19. FLNT4EVR

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    100_2216.JPG Charter arms Pit Bull 45 ACP with 250 grn wad cutters from Matts Bullets
     
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