I want a "big boomer" handgun

I want a "big boomer" handgun

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    I want a "big boomer" handgun

    Ok, I'm posting this under General Firearms because this is not going to be a carry gun.

    I have a Browning hp 9mm and I have a S&W 442 for defence and I've got $700 of mad money kicking around to buy something that I don't need.

    My first thought was a .357. Then I kinda drifted to a .44 Mag. Now, I'm wondering about something that shoots the Casull 454 and 45LC to make some noise with.

    I know, I know. Go to a range that rents guns and find out what I want. Boring. :)

    What's the handgun that you guys and gals turn to when you just want to feel the earth shake?

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    Calling Bud White (our resident big boomer maven)......
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    As cool as the .357 is, it is among the starting line up (meaning it's not that bad) when you want to go boom and have a gun that everyone turns to look at when you shoot it on the range. I will cut to the chase on this for lack of time. The S&W 460 is the loudest hand gun I've heard yet and one of if not the coolest gun's I've shot. A friend has one and I have been mouth watering for it ever since shooting it.

    Their are other options but I will let others tell there experiances about them.


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    I like a .44 mag with a 6" barrel. Plenty of boom and easier to control than a smaller barrel.

    But with the newer rounds out now, .44mag is almost small compared to the likes of the .460S&W mag, .480 Ruger, and .500S&W mag.
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    The .44 mag is no longer king of the hill, but it isn't a pipsqueak either. I have shot a .480 Ruger (9 1/2" Super redhawk). It was definitely a step up from the .44, but not insane.

    FWIW, the .44 with the Hornady 300 grain hunting loads is plenty of boom for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaScout View Post
    What's the handgun that you guys and gals turn to when you just want to feel the earth shake?

    Ron
    I've got a Bowen Classic Arms customized Ruger Redhawk in .475 Linebaugh. It is the big brother to the .480 Ruger. This baby delivers 420gr at almost 1400FPS.

    It started out as a run-of-the-mill Redhawk in .44MAG, but I needed something for Alaskan Browns, and this seemed like the ticket. $1400 and 4 months later I had a cannon that would handle anything in North America. I cut down 45-70 casings to get brass for handloading. I'd match it against the .500 S&W anyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p8riot View Post
    This baby delivers 420gr at almost 1400FPS.
    WOW!!!

    I'm not sure I'd want to shoot something like that out of a rifle, let alone a handgun. Call me a chicken.

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    500 Smith and wesson shooting a 700 Grain bullet just makes a certain sound


    This pic here is with a 440 grain in the 500



    Heres 700 grain



    The 460 has more concussion and heat feel to it with the 200 grain load but starts to pale to the 500 when you get into the heavier loads



    The 270 grain load i put together for the 460 is extreemly accurate and is truly a one handed affair to shoot recoil is about nill


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    Quote Originally Posted by p8riot View Post
    I've got a Bowen Classic Arms customized Ruger Redhawk in .475 Linebaugh. It is the big brother to the .480 Ruger. This baby delivers 420gr at almost 1400FPS.
    I would love to try out the 475 Linebaugh but hard to find hoping smith will use the xframe and bring out something to that effect

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    I watched an episode of Shooting Gallery that I had DVR'd. I forget his name, but they were talking to a guy that handloads 500S&W rounds to an OAL of 2.3inches with 710gr wadcutters. Something like that. You may be able to look up the episode and get his load data. He did give it.
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    Forgot this pic had to find it and upload


    700 grain 500 S&W
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    500 S&W 350 Grain
    500 S&W 440 Grain
    460 S&W 200 Grain

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    P8triot - that is one awesome looking wheelie.

    Bud - what can I say "now those are guns!!"
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    Ok,

    So I have to admit that the .500 looks terrifying and yet... :)

    .357 has the 38 special
    .454 has the .45LC

    Is there a wrist-saver/nancy-boy load for the .500? I understand that with handloading I could pretty much create what I wanted but I have little experience with handloading and that's all on a $75 Lee single-stage press in 9mm.

    Thanks!
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    they do make a 500 special corbon does

    the 460 will do the 45 schoilfield (sp) 45 colt 454 casull and 460 course with the colt and below expect to have to alter sight adjustments

    The comp'ed barrels on both guns do help soak up some of the recoil well a lot i will say the pics make it look worse than it feels

    The 440 is the worst i have shoot the 700 is tame compared to it

    And handloading is easy for the 500 you can load a 9mm you can load it same steps just a lot easier to handle case

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    Quote Originally Posted by djturnz View Post
    I watched an episode of Shooting Gallery that I had DVR'd. I forget his name, but they were talking to a guy that handloads 500S&W rounds to an OAL of 2.3inches with 710gr wadcutters. Something like that. You may be able to look up the episode and get his load data. He did give it.
    That would be John Ross.
    I saw that episode, it was a very cool show.

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