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I've never shot anything bigger than 44 mag, and don't currently own any revolvers, but I want to get a big bore.

454 Casull vs 475 Linebaugh vs 480 Ruger vs 500 S&W

I've read that 480 Ruger has the least vicious recoil of that lot.

Anyone with experience in any of those, I welcome your input.
 

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I like the .454 Casull even though I don't own one. Have a friend that owns one in a Super Redhawk and I've fired it a bunch and don't find it particularly abusive. You can also load .45 Colt in it for light practice rounds. You forgot the .460 S&W Magnum which I believe will also fire .454 Casull and .45 Colt but you'll have to do some research on that one.

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You must still be a young & strong fella! LOL! I've settled down to the .357 magnum as my top end regularly fired caliber, with some .41 magnums fired on good days. (handguns that is)

Once old "arthur" gets settled down in your hands & wrists, you'll understand and remember this word of advice. Limit the long drawn out sessions of shooting those boomers to when it first starts to "tingle a little". Otherwise your old man days will make it darn right painfully to shoot those monsters.

They are fun for sure, but unless you keep your grip and wrist strong enough to absorb the punishment, your joints will pay the price. I think any one of those would do for a nice range toy/deer slayer. The 454 and 44 magnums were to top end of easy to get handguns in my day. The 454 will also let you shoot the milder 45 colt IIRC. Not sure if the others have a "light load". But good luck, have fun and share some pictures of what you settle on.
 

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I own two 44 magnums. Both S&W. One scoped and the other Performance Center with open sights. I shoot "rabbit fart" loads and full house loads from both, and have used both hunting deer. IMHO, with the proper grip, and providing the user has no health issues the 44 magnums are a joy to shoot many rounds at the range.

I've never owned the S&W 500 or 460 "X-Frame" revolvers, but I have shot them. With the additional weight of the X-Frame these revolvers are nice to shoot. I shot both with factory ammo and found the recoil of the bigger X-Frame to be not as harsh as the 44 mag......even tho I don't regard the 44-mag as "harsh." I guess the X-Frame revolvers are more of a quick push than the recoil of the 44-mag.

I believe the recoil of the large bore Casull's and Linebaugh's are from the fact that they are built on the same size of frame that the S&W and the Ruger's are built on. That being said you're now shooting a caliber with much more Ka-boom (yes.....that is a technical term :embarassed: ) in the "smaller" Ruger frame.

Then again, if you reload you can always load down a pile of rounds for target and range shooting.
 

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Sgt Zim,

All that you mention are nice powerful revolvers, but too specialized for me..........

By specialized, I mean they are hunting calibers,.........not plinking, target or self defense calibers.....

Yeah they are big .........and heavy, and I wouldn't go near one without hearing protection in any situation.........

I see a few at the Range from time to time, and most owners I talk to bought them 'cuz they are big and loud...........haven't met any owner yet who actually hunts with one, and that's really what they were made for.

Hey, I'm 73....Too old to learn new tricks........So, and when I want to shoot a "big" handgun (to me).........its a 10MM or 45 Colt...........The Colt I can tolerate one or two shots in the field w/o hearing protection....The 10 MM, not so much....

I do own a Colt Anaconda 44 Mag that hasn't seen any Range or Hunting time in almost 30 years, and I don't miss shooting it, either........I hunted with it in a belt rig, and it kept pulling in pants down!.............NOT a comfortable thing !

Good Luck in your choice, but I hope you have a real "use" for a gun like that............Don't just buy it for bragging rights, as I think so many do.........

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You must still be a young & strong fella! LOL! I've settled down to the .357 magnum as my top end regularly fired caliber, with some .41 magnums fired on good days. (handguns that is)

Once old "arthur" gets settled down in your hands & wrists, you'll understand and remember this word of advice. Limit the long drawn out sessions of shooting those boomers to when it first starts to "tingle a little". Otherwise your old man days will make it darn right painfully to shoot those monsters.

They are fun for sure, but unless you keep your grip and wrist strong enough to absorb the punishment, your joints will pay the price. I think any one of those would do for a nice range toy/deer slayer. The 454 and 44 magnums were to top end of easy to get handguns in my day. The 454 will also let you shoot the milder 45 colt IIRC. Not sure if the others have a "light load". But good luck, have fun and share some pictures of what you settle on.
Only 51, already have arthritis in knees and hips. Not too worried about it.

Plan is for this to be a backup for when I get to the north country.
 

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I've got several 44mgs. Only shoot magnum load JHPs in a old 3screw Ruger SBH. The S&Ws are tuned for target with cast. I have had many of the mega magnums but don't keep them long. Like to touch off a box to say I did. Last was 500 S&W. I was not impressed. I haven't owned 460 S&W but shot one and I was impressed. For me I don't need bigger than 44mg. If I was buying a mega magnum I would go with 460S&W. I'm not a fan of Dan Wesson either but I had a 445 super mag that shot well.
 

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I shot a friends 47-70 single action revolver once. I am over it. I think 45 casull was tame when compared.
 

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I've shot them all, my neighbors own a selection. And didn't like them. My .44 Mag SBH is stout enough for this kid. Surprisingly, a very heavy loaded .480 Ruger in a DA revolver hurt my wrist bones worse than all the others. It's got a vicious straight back recoil, due to the shape of the grip. Heavy loaded SA revolvers are easier to take, they swivel.

Give 'em a try if you can before you buy. See how it goes.
 

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I don't have any of those listed, however I do have a BFR 45/70 that I bought back in 2002.

It shoots well and recoil was not as bad as I expected, the difference that some attribute to using rifle vs pistol powder making recoil more of push than snap.

I was thinking of selling it a few years back since I wasn't using it but then the conservation department added Centerfire handguns as an allowed method to what used to be our black powder season, changing the name to Alternative methods. Since then I've been carrying it in the woods when hunting that season. I haven't had the opportunity to take anything with it yet which may be just as well because the thought of firing it in a hunting situation is daunting.
 

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I've shot them all, my neighbors own a selection. And didn't like them. My .44 Mag SBH is stout enough for this kid. Surprisingly, a very heavy loaded .480 Ruger in a DA revolver hurt my wrist bones worse than all the others. It's got a vicious straight back recoil, due to the shape of the grip. Heavy loaded SA revolvers are easier to take, they swivel.

Give 'em a try if you can before you buy. See how it goes.
Been thinking about Blackhawk, but I've heard Ruger has been having QA issues with their revolvers the last 4 or 5 years. Anything to that?
 

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Been thinking about Blackhawk, but I've heard Ruger has been having QA issues with their revolvers the last 4 or 5 years. Anything to that?
I don't know anything about new production Rugers. I'm shooting a 1970 3 screw. You couldn't buy me a New Model Blackhawk or Super. I'm a 4 click addict.
 

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OP: rent one first.

I had a big Jones for a Super Redhawk 44 mag...
Rented one and bought one box of ammo...

That was enough.
I did *NOT* like shooting that thing... it registered a Big Zero on my fun meter.
 

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44 is plenty big enuf for me. I load from mild to full-snort wild and it's not a PITA to shoot either way.
I was just thinking I need to load me up another batch of full-snort with 300gn cast.
Good excuse to cast since the weather has finally cooled.
 

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I've decided to go with a 10mm semi auto pistol and hard cast ammo or lehigh penetrators.
Make sure the barrel of what you buy can shoot lead - polygonal rifling like the Glocks lead up in a hurry to the point where a single magazine can potentially cause a catastrophic failure.
 

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Make sure the barrel of what you buy can shoot lead - polygonal rifling like the Glocks lead up in a hurry to the point where a single magazine can potentially cause a catastrophic failure.
Very aware of this issue, I have done lots of research. With a Glock an aftermarket barrel solves that, although I don't think the factory barrels lead up that quickly with hard cast. I think that applies to lead like they use in cowboy rounds. With the new Springfield XDM it is not an issue. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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The problem with the big bores like the 500 is that they are way too big and heavy to pack. If I was looking for protection hands down it would be one of those scandium 44 mags. I got a 500. It is a fun range toy but it is very impractical and would never see field use. Of the ones that you listed the 454 is the most practical for ammo flexibility but there is nothing in NA that cannot be killed with the 44 mag.
 

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I've decided to go with a 10mm semi auto pistol and hard cast ammo or lehigh penetrators.
That is a light and handy option for woods use but to be honest it does not belong in a discussion about big bores. There is a huge difference in a 10 and a bug boomer. The good thing about your choice it is handy enough where you will be more apt to actually carry it.
 

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I have a Super RedHawk in 480 Ruger and plan to to carry it along while deer hunting next month. Last weekend I ran a few rounds thru it and would feel comfortable using it out to 40 yards or so.

I've never shot any of the other calibers you mentioned in a revolver so can't compare the 480 to them, but have heard the same reference that it is a more manageable round in a hand gun.

You definitely know your shooting a big bore hand gun, but I don't find it terribly uncomfortable to shoot.
 
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