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What's the most powerful now?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ArmyCop, Dec 26, 2002.

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  1. ArmyCop

    ArmyCop Member

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    Is the .44 Mag still the most powerful handgun as Dirty Harry claimed a while back or has another taken it's place?

    Most powerful revolver = ?

    Most powerful Semi = ?

    Thanks :rolleyes:
     
  2. Nosferatu

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    Wheelgun: Freedom Arms 45-70

    Auto: Glock 20. 15 rounds of 10mm is hard to argue with.
     
  3. Wildalaska

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    Revolver..

    BFR in 4570...

    Auto....460 Rowland? 50AEs are out of production...?
     
  4. Tamara

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    If you're going to include the BFR (which shoots a rifle cartridge), then you may as well include Savage Strikers and T/C Contenders and whatnot; in that case, the most powerful handgun cartridge is .300 Win Mag or something like that. :rolleyes: ;)

    As far as actual factory-loaded handgun cartridges go, I think the .500 Linebaugh is the current king of the hill for wheelguns and .50AE rules the auto roost.
     
  5. Preacherman

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    Don't forget the new .50 Smith & Wesson, that's allegedly due for formal announcement/launch at the SHOT Show in February 2003. This will allegedly involve a new frame (the "X" frame) and be a real monster, certainly up there in the .475/.500 Linebaugh power class. Personally, I can't see why I'd want one - a .44 Magnum Redhawk with Garrett Hammerheads gives me all the power I think I'll ever need in a handgun, and is right out there at the ragged edge of what I can control! :D
     
  6. Neal Bloom

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    A 45-70 revolver? Ouch! I guess the older I get the wimpier I get. My Super BlackHawk is about as stout as I want to go. Has anyone shot this 45-70 revolver?
     
  7. KMKeller

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    Never shot one, but I've got my eyes open for the opportunity!:D
     
  8. 2nd Amendment

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    First I heard of the 50AE being out of production. is this so?
     
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    Shooting the 45-70

    I've had the opportunity and it is a handful...It was one of those Isreali shoot em thingys...wow...5 rounds and then I rested....for the month !
     
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    I was juiced up to say".500 Linebaugh", but I see that once again Tamara has beaten me to the draw..

    600 Nitro !! Now,that should make chiropractors around the world jump with joy..:D
     
  12. rock jock

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    Yuo gotta wonder what kind of person willfully would fire the 600 Nitro from a revolver.

    Oh, and did you guys notice that Sig P210??! My goodness, that has got to be gaudiest pistol I have ever seen.
     
  13. Diesle

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    Does the Super Redhawk in .480 or .454 even get a consolation nod....?

    Regardless, their powerfull as hell. Technically speaking.

    Diesle
     
  14. Walther P99

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    :eek:

    Ouch, I'm in pain just looking at that thing. I wonder how much it weighs...
     
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    "If you're going to include the BFR (which shoots a rifle cartridge), then you may as well include Savage Strikers and T/C Contenders and whatnot;"

    No, he specified revolver or auto. So we can't even bring up the .45/70 derringer by American Derringer. Besides, I am sure JD Jones has plenty of stuff that will out do a .300 Win Mag. I guess I should go to the link before asking this question, but what does a .600 Nitro revolver weigh ? The cylinder must be six inches in diameter ? By the way, I am all for the idea that if a handgun is chambered for a given cartridge, it is in fact a handgun cartridge.
     
  16. rock jock

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    How's this for the ultimate in maximum power/minimum package size: a 6" piece of pipe, a hammer, a nail, and a .50 BMG round.
     
  17. cratz2

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    If it weighs less than 25 lbs I don't wanna shoot it. ;)
     
  18. Tamara

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    Whatever spins your prop.

    You won't be offended if I step waaaaay over here behind this big tree to watch, will you? :D
     
  19. another48hrs

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    I remember a revolver that shot 50 bmg, it was on tfl at first it looked like it was photoshoped but I guess its real(painful to fire).
     
  20. C.R.Sam

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    Friend of mine had a 50 BMG single shot.
    Looked like a TC on steroids.
    Recoil not much but the muzzle brake would cook all but the shooter.
    Accurate, absolutely beautiful metal and wood.

    Sam
     
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    Its a rough call if you wanna bring up factory loaded ammo...you can get hot 4570 loads that will do lots to your elbows in the way of pain....or hot 425 grain reloads also. The BFR is a fun gun and an amazingly nice shooter. IMO, stock 4570 loads are no worse to shoot than a hot Casull round from a Cowboy style gun...no Raging Bulls inc. in this analogy..... :rolleyes:

    The auto goes to the DE 50...up to 2000 FPE and keeps on ticking....love it. (Except when your nicely asked to not shoot it anymore at your freindly local indoor range...the muzzle blast sends every target in the place flailing, the noise rivals a very close .50 muzzle loader and the shock wave feels like your "IN" a bass drum...miked, amplified and speakers pointing back at you!)

    Shoot well
     
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    HS/LD, that's a fascinating site...looks to be Dutch.

    My wrists ache just thinking about shooting that thing, and my ears are starting to ring out of empathy.
     
  23. rock jock

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    I always thought those were just urban legend.
     
  24. Jim March

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    Linebaugh's 475 is possibly hotter than the 500, because the cylinder walls are thicker and you can run more pressure.

    There is also a special pair of Linebaugh wildcat calibers in 475 and 500 - the "long" series based on Ruger 357Maximum frames. These are just flat-out psycho. And you have a butcher a fairly rare, out-of-production Ruger to get one :rolleyes:.

    The 480 Ruger is "just" a downgraded 475Linebaugh.
     
  25. Scott78

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    Iam not sure if it's the most powerful but i hear the 480 Ruger
    is up their :)
     
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