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Old March 29th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #1
 
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So I started out with a few 357 Magnums. I swore I wouldn't go higher. For years he joked saying he would convert me. I refused. Then one day I said I thought I was ready. I saw one at a gun show and almost bought it. My friend sold me his 44 Magnum Performance Center 629 7.5" Hunter with an Aimpoint H1, a Dillon Progressive and reloading supplies (powder, bullets, primer and cases). An offer I couldn't refuse.

I took to it well and realized it wasn't that bad.

Then I wondered what all the hype was for larger revolvers. I traded for a 454 Casull, and realized that recoil was not bad. It was loud, but not unpleasant. It was fun, and I got an adrenaline rush.

So I stepped up to the 500 S&W. Again, not bad in the length I chose, 6.5". Very accurate. Very powerful.

But I felt a gap. I wanted velocity and power, too. I figured I could use something flatter shooting which could also be used for hunting. So I had to get the 460 XVR.

I'm configuring everything with Red Dots. Two have Aimpoints. But I tried a Primary Arms Advanced Microdot, and it's taking the recoil of the Smith 500 like a champ. They're rated for high velocity like 12 gauges and 308. I put 35 rounds through my 500. Super fun. I would have shot more if I had more.

Obviously I will be reloading for these revolvers. I just ordered dies for the 460. I already have the equipment for the 44, Casull and 500.





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It's official... you've been bitten by the big bore bug. You'll be hopelessly addicted for life. No cure that I know of...
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What he said. We all tell ourselves "this is the limit"

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Very nice collection!

I, too, had no interest in big magnums and until about 5 years ago all my handguns were semi autos. Then I was introduced to cowboy shooting and my handgun world got turned upside down. I started out with a pair of 357 Vaqueros but quickly discovered 45 Colt and fell in love with big bore single action revolvers. I bought a 4 5/8" SBH 44mag and hated it so I sold it. At that point I assumed I was just a 45 Colt guy. Then I discovered the Bisley grip and that opened up a whole new level of obsession. I won't bore you with the sordid details of my big caliber handgun obsession but at the present time I own a 10mm, 2 44spl, 3 44mag, 6 45 Colts, a 41mag, a 45ACP, and a 454C. Those are just the single actions and I'm not counting the single actions smaller than 40 caliber. I also have a couple of 45 Colt Redhawks, a GP100 44spl and a 460XVR. I'm actively searching for a 480 Ruger Bisley SBH and seriously considering a 41mag Bisley Hunter. Yeah, I got it bad.

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I, too, had no interest in big magnums and until about 5 years ago all my handguns were semi autos. Then I was introduced to cowboy shooting and my handgun world got turned upside down. I started out with a pair of 357 Vaqueros but quickly discovered 45 Colt and fell in love with big bore single action revolvers. I bought a 4 5/8" SBH 44mag and hated it so I sold it. At that point I assumed I was just a 45 Colt guy. Then I discovered the Bisley grip and that opened up a whole new level of obsession. I won't bore you with the sordid details of my big caliber handgun obsession but at the present time I own a 10mm, 2 44spl, 3 44mag, 6 45 Colts, a 41mag, a 45ACP, and a 454C. Those are just the single actions and I'm not counting the single actions smaller than 40 caliber. I also have a couple of 45 Colt Redhawks, a GP100 44spl and a 460XVR. I'm actively searching for a 480 Ruger Bisley SBH and seriously considering a 41mag Bisley Hunter. Yeah, I got it bad.


Once a person learns to handle them, and reloads to tailor for their shooting style/needs, HE can realize that these larger calibers are more versatile than one can ever imagine.


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Oh crap! Now I have the itch for a bigger bore! You guys are costing me a lot of money. 8-)
As an aside, how does the Aimpoint H1 hold up to the recoil?
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Oh crap! Now I have the itch for a bigger bore! You guys are costing me a lot of money. 8-)
As an aside, how does the Aimpoint H1 hold up to the recoil?


The Aimpoints, T1 and the H1, as well as the Primary Arms are handling recoil well. Still keeping zero so far. Primary Arms on the 500. To me it is worth the risk as I have several on other guns too. I've seen the torture tests and I haven't noticed issues. The dot is identical to me without Mag.

Almost 3 dozen rounds on the big bores each (454 and 500).


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Once a person learns to handle them, and reloads to tailor for their shooting style/needs, HE can realize that these larger calibers are more versatile than one can ever imagine.


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And SHE. Yes, gals can get the disease, too, though it can go into remission and periods of dormancy, but it always seems to resurface, again. For me it is shifting into one of those states of remission or more like a transition away from the smaller, lighter big bore revolvers to larger guns for better comfort and control. Smaller guns with heavy mag loads are really taking the fun out of it for me.
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NCG, I've lost track of your big bore obsession. Are you on or off the wagon these days? I thought you were back to shooting them again.
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Bonk, still shooting them, yes, but have trimmed back to 45 Colt and 44 mag and, even then, only rarely shoot the heavy loads. Now and then I do miss the 454 and 460 stuff, but since I only punch paper in my old age, it's hard enough to justify shooting even the 44 mag or heavy 45 Colt.

Will never go back to the 357 as my mainstay, though, now that I've fallen in love with the 45 Colt. Just something magical about those bigger holes in the targets with the forty somethings. Not the same with the 357. Wish I had discovered the joy of shooting the 45 Colt, years ago. Better late than never, though. What a great cartridge the old trooper is.

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And SHE. Yes, gals can get the disease, too, though it can go into remission and periods of dormancy, but it always seems to resurface, again. For me it is shifting into one of those states of remission or more like a transition away from the smaller, lighter big bore revolvers to larger guns for better comfort and control. Smaller guns with heavy mag loads are really taking the fun out of it for me.

Yes. My apologies.

All the ones that I know want no more than a mouse gun.


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Excellent collection.

But you need to add a big bore snubbie to your collection like an Alaskan.
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Excellent collection.

But you need to add a big bore snubbie to your collection like an Alaskan.


I am considering a 460 XVR in 3".


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Will never go back to the 357 as my mainstay, though, now that I've fallen in love with the 45 Colt. Just something magical about those bigger holes in the targets with the forty somethings. Not the same with the 357. Wish I had discovered the joy of shooting the 45 Colt, years ago. Better late than never, though. What a great cartridge the old trooper is.
There's something about 45 Colt that gets into your soul doesn't it? It's by far my favorite pistol caliber.
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