Tried a .44 for the first time
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This afternoon, I made a range ...
June 10th, 2012 06:36 PM
Tried a .44 for the first time
Debated whether this should go in humor or in guns, but it is about guns, so here it is:
This afternoon, I made a range trip with my wife and visiting brother in law. The range we go to rents a variety of guns, charging $6 for a rental but you can try as many different ones as you want for that $6. My wife has been talking about getting a S&W Airweight, such as the 642. The first time she tried it, anout a year ago, she shot it once, put it down, shook her hand, tried it again, put it down, held her hand out at it like she was making a stop gesture and loudly said, NO! She then complained about having a numb hand for a week. Now, has tried it a few more times (by her own decision) and is getting comfortable with it. About 10-15 rounds is enough for one session, but she is making excellent progress. All together, we shared a 50 round box of .38 spl. Then ...
For some time now, I have been wanting to try the big .44 that they have and since we had already rented a gun I figured I would give it a try They sell bullets for $1 each, so I got six and we each fired it twice. We all got a really good laugh at my wife, because the damn thing was so heavy that she couldn't hold it on target. She would lift it up and it would immeditely droop. She tried and tried, and at one point hid her face in embarrasment. Finally she managed to fire it twice and each time I thought it was going to flying and take her with it. We learned afterwards that the range staff was having a great time and laughing while watching her on the monitors.
Personally, I thought it was a fun gun to shoot. It has a lot of kick, but it is more of a heavy recoil than a hard snap.
June 10th, 2012 06:36 PM
June 10th, 2012 06:55 PM
If she gets the S&W Airweight, put a rubber Houge grip on it, it makes it a real pleasure to shoot.
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June 10th, 2012 07:05 PM
The .44 revolver is an interesting thing. It makes the .357 seem like a tiny kitten in comparison.
I love my Ruger Super BlackHawk. I just put some hogue grips on it last week. The range trip to see the difference in felt recoil, compared to my beloved good looking rosewood grips, is on Friday weather permitting. It's a stout round in a heavier framed gun than most revolvers.
It's a fun range gun, and a good trail gun.
June 10th, 2012 07:07 PM
I love shooting the 44 Mag. I have a Colt Anaconda with 8" barrel, and a Ruger Blackhawk with a 10" barrel. Both super accurate and a blast. literally.
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June 10th, 2012 07:16 PM
sometimes we agonize something to only to find it is a difference that made no difference.
i had rounds for a marln 44 mag, dies brass ect but no gun.
till i sat a ruger super redhawk with nice wood grips. and it was at a point of purchase price.
a few days later at the range im running all sorts of old ammo through it and the crony is showing numbers as expected.
except for 5 in a row that showed high and felt a bit....stout.
they were the ones i ment to prep for with gloves and careful grip
they were the marling rifle only.
5.5" and a pleasure to shoot--its is a keeper.
odd that i remember the rifle as being a shoulder beater
and great that ruger builds a handgun so well.
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June 10th, 2012 07:23 PM
Try a box of Remington L44MG7 .44 mags. Make sure you don't have any loose fillings before you shoot, though.
June 10th, 2012 07:44 PM
my standard 44mag load is 24 grains of h110 over a 240swc. I have some other full house 310 grain loads as well. both loads make you aware of their presence when you squeeze the trigger, but not at all unpleasant. no way I'd shoot those rounds often out of a short barreled gun, but lots of fun in an 8" barrel. Very deadly on deer out to 75 yards (my self imposed limit).
...my wife shot one cylinder of the 240 grain loads once. after the last round she placed the gun on the truck bed, picked up her j frame, and said "i think I like mine better".
gotta love the old 44 mag!
June 10th, 2012 11:36 PM
Mine shoots great, I need to shoot it more often.
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June 10th, 2012 11:48 PM
AMEN! I sport Bear Loads in semi-wad..... The firearm is just the right weight that you don't notice it, loose hold and dead on! Big holes in stuff you would get a small hole in using a fully upped 556 to 30 or 3-06.......... Just saying, and giddy.
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June 11th, 2012 12:16 AM
My old West German Sauer & Sons 44 Magnum shoots great. Recoil doesn't seem bad at all, even with stag grips, and it is dead on accurate. It will eat bowling pins for lunch all day long. This one was made in the late 60s and is somewhat of a rare bird being nickel, stag grips, and big bore. Come to find out it is worth a decent amount...and I got it cheap. It's great when things just come together like that.
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June 11th, 2012 07:02 AM
I've had two 44 magnum revolvers for quite a few years, a S&W 629 Classic and a Ruger Vaquero. Both are lots of fun to shoot. You know you have a serious caliber when you feel the recoil and hear the deep booming sound.
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June 11th, 2012 07:19 AM
As with any firearm, there are many different sizes/weights to try, certainly many that are lighter and easier to handle than in the ~50oz range.
As with any caliber, there are many different types of ammo that range from the hot-and-heavy to the mild ... and everything in between. Had a S&W 442 Airweight some years back and found that a stout .38spl was plenty. In a friend's Ruger SP-101, the hottest .357mag would sting my hands for the rest of the day. The way I've thought of it, it's a bit like power-to-weight ratio with vehicles: if the power is well-matched to the weight/balance of the firearm, it can be a really sweet combination; if not, it can be brutal. Of course, part of that comes with how well-matched the firearm/ammo combination is to the person, given one's strength, comfort with firearms.
Uh, if you're looking for a hot little handful to try out, keep your eyes peeled for a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan, in either .44mag or .454. One of the hottest 'snubbies' around. Trust me: with the 'right' load, it'll knock your socks off.
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June 11th, 2012 08:10 AM
The .44 is above the threshold at which I enjoy myself. It's like a friend that buddy-punches you in the shoulder *too* hard. It's like chickenwings that burn *too* much. Coffee that's *too* bitter.
It has a lot of the things that I like, but is 'too much' in too many ways. Too heavy to truly aim carefully. Too much kick to enjoy the rush. I'd *like* to like it, but I don't
June 11th, 2012 09:37 AM
Another .44 lover here. What I like is the ability to shoot .44 Spl through them. Makes them much easier on the old wrists but still not too expensive since I make my own. If I had to make a choice between .357 and .44 mag, the .357 would be out the door in a heartbeat. Very nice revolvers, BugDude and Pogo2!
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June 11th, 2012 10:25 AM
When I went out to Arizona to visit my old roommate that got a job out there, we setup clay pigeons at 200ish yards to shoot our rifles at. After shooting at various things nearby with his Ruger Super Blackhawk with a 7.5" barrel, I tried for one of the clay pigeons. I was keeping maybe a few foot group, but on my 6th shot I nailed the clay pigeon that I was aiming at. I put about 4 boxes through it while I was out there and didn't get tired of it. I think I have the .44 bug now. My old roommate also had a Winchester lever action .44. That and the Ruger made an awesome pair.
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