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    Am I the only one who finds the idea of a 45-70 revolver just a bit crazy? Both Magnum Research with their BFR and Super Six with their Bison Bull both make 45-70 revolvers. Anyone out there own one of these things? Have you managed to make it through more than one cylinder of ammo in a single sitting?
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    Re: Am I the only one...

    I think they are crazy. I have shot the 460 S&W and the 500 S&W. I do like shooting .44 mag and .357 mag, but I am not man enough for those guns. I can shoot them, but it is not fun and my face feels like I got in a fight after only one cylinder.

    BUT, I did put up a 3" group at 100 yards with open sites, and it is cool to see the walls of the shelter we have at my range shake. The newness wears off quick, and you are left with a teeth-rattling and expensive handgun. I would just keep it in the Marlin and call it good.
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    I don't mind trying them, but buying them... well i like to shoot things I have fun with, that is all...
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    I agree with bigborephil,

    I like shooting something that I have fun with. I wonder how long those hand guns will shoot before they start to fall apart? That's a lot of power for a hand gun.

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    The thing which bother me about the BFRs is that they really are BIG Friggin Revolvers. Their mass really does tame them down. I only have the 475/480 version and, with 480 loads, it is a plain old *****cat. Sending 400 grainers at 1400+ fps does hold one's attention. I don't think it is a whole better or worse than stout 300 grain loads in my 45 Blackhawk though. The BFR is just plain to big for anything other than a range or hunting weapon; they aren't all that great as carry weapons IOW.
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    Re: Am I the only one...

    I have have seen a BFR, I think it was in .50AE though. Kind of reminded me of that old revolver/rifle I saw in the Browning museum in Ogden, UT. Cool museum, visit it if you have the chance.
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    Re: Am I the only one...

    Quote Originally Posted by Golsovia
    The thing which bother me about the BFRs is that they really are BIG Friggin Revolvers. Their mass really does tame them down. I only have the 475/480 version and, with 480 loads, it is a plain old *****cat. Sending 400 grainers at 1400+ fps does hold one's attention. I don't think it is a whole better or worse than stout 300 grain loads in my 45 Blackhawk though. The BFR is just plain to big for anything other than a range or hunting weapon; they aren't all that great as carry weapons IOW.
    The cylinder of the BFR is like a Campbell's soup can
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    If you can't hold and shoot them side by side to feel the differences, at least these pics may give some idea. These are the standard "small" versions of both guns. The BFR is a massive revolver.







    I generally carry the BFR or the lighter abbreviated Super Redhawk I also have in 480 when I'm after moose. Unfortunately I haven't had a good handgun opportunity since I started carrying them though.
    45-70, 350 NorthFork 45-70, 350 Speer 30 WCF, 170 Core-Lokt

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    I shoot T/C Contenders in the rifle calibers including the 45-70. besides not being able to afford the BFR, I think I would be duplicating efforts. What do you do with the other five shots, after your prey has died of heart failure from the roar of the pistol?

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    I shot a BFR in 45-70 on a few occassions and really enjoyed it, so much so that I traded for the one I had shot and it is now in my safe. I have a friend who is going fly fishing in Montana and he is borrowing it to take along.
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