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Old June 22nd, 2015, 04:53 AM   #31
 
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The 454 recoil should not surprise anyone who shoots this gun because nobody should shoot one unless they are well advised, experienced and prepared. Its not as "painful" to me, as my .44 629 was with an 8-3/8 barrel. The long barrel puts more energy into the palm of your hand. Of course the Alaskan has superior grips too. The bullet isnt in that 2-1/2" barrel for long. But there is a lot going on in your hand when you pull the trigger for a very short time. It's REALLY FUN if you have a taste for recoil and large magnums. To me, big bore snubbies are a whole different world in hand gunning.



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The 454 recoil should not surprise anyone who shoots this gun because nobody should shoot one unless they are well advised, experienced and prepared. Its not as "painful" to me, as my .44 629 was with an 8-3/8 barrel. The long barrel puts more energy into the palm of your hand. Of course the Alaskan has superior grips too. The bullet isnt in that 2-1/2" barrel for long. But there is a lot going on in your hand when you pull the trigger for a very short time. It's REALLY FUN if you have a taste for recoil and large magnums. To me, big bore snubbies are a whole different world in hand gunning.
Yea, while I can't take too much of the 454 before I tap out, it's raw shooting enjoyment that also improves my overall skills. Also it's a pretty tame 45lc shooter which I use most of the time.
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The 454 recoil should not surprise anyone who shoots this gun because nobody should shoot one unless they are well advised, experienced and prepared. Its not as "painful" to me, as my .44 629 was with an 8-3/8 barrel. The long barrel puts more energy into the palm of your hand. Of course the Alaskan has superior grips too. The bullet isnt in that 2-1/2" barrel for long. But there is a lot going on in your hand when you pull the trigger for a very short time. It's REALLY FUN if you have a taste for recoil and large magnums. To me, big bore snubbies are a whole different world in hand gunning.
I agree, its not as bad as my 29 smith with its 8&3/8's barrel and full bore magnum 240 grain bullets. The 29 is just light which lends to its snappyniess. In my collection the 29 is worst on you plam. The 454 is less than that kinda a push instead of a snap. In comparison Its a little more than the 50 ae desert eagle I own with the speer 300 grainers, and no where near what the 8" smith 500. The 500 I fired maybe 2 cylinders, 10 rounds, and it literally made the palm of my hand sore for a month Its barrel doesn't recoil upward, but gun recoils sharply rearward on the 500. The 454's grip makes it a dream, in my opinion.
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My Alaskan is a 44 Mag but I do have a S&W 460XVR that can shoot 454 Casull. I've only shot 460 S&W Magnums with it but I may have to pick up a box of 454 Casull just to compare. My 460XVR is actually not all that punishing until the bullets get into the 300 grain+ range. Then you start to notice.

When I first got my Alaskan I was pretty underwhelmed and almost sold it to get the 454 Casull. But after putting in a lot of work on the 44 Mag it turned around and now I'm happy with it. But sometimes I still wonder about the 454 Casull version....

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My Alaskan is a 44 Mag but I do have a S&W 460XVR that can shoot 454 Casull. I've only shot 460 S&W Magnums with it but I may have to pick up a box of 454 Casull just to compare. My 460XVR is actually not all that punishing until the bullets get into the 300 grain+ range. Then you start to notice.

When I first got my Alaskan I was pretty underwhelmed and almost sold it to get the 454 Casull. But after putting in a lot of work on the 44 Mag it turned around and now I'm happy with it. But sometimes I still wonder about the 454 Casull version....

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Man Id have that mother magna-ported. Thats some serious BOOM!
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I checked with Mrs. Waveform and apparently you are incorrect....
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I kinda like it when the webbing between the thumb and index finger gets a little tear. Lets you know you are shootin a biggin!
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Great pic and awesome choice.

I know you just picked it up but when I got mine it suffered lock ups like that as well. Especially in double action. Ruger was fast and free when it came to getting it repaired.

I have to rely on mine in the backcountry so being unable to pull the trigger was not acceptable. I know it's new but I'd still suggest getting it back to them asap. If this is purely a range gun for you maybe a bit more break in will do it?

I bought mine "used" new - as in the turn in was afraid to shoot it after he got it . Ruger still fixed me up like new.
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Great pic and awesome choice.

I bought mine "used" new - as in the turn in was afraid to shoot it after he got it . Ruger still fixed me up like new.
Same here, owner fired it maybe 10 or 12 times and couldn't handle it, so I got a bargain.
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Great pic and awesome choice.

I know you just picked it up but when I got mine it suffered lock ups like that as well. Especially in double action. Ruger was fast and free when it came to getting it repaired.

I have to rely on mine in the backcountry so being unable to pull the trigger was not acceptable. I know it's new but I'd still suggest getting it back to them asap. If this is purely a range gun for you maybe a bit more break in will do it?

I bought mine "used" new - as in the turn in was afraid to shoot it after he got it . Ruger still fixed me up like new.
Thanks and I agree. I'll probably fire a few more through it then give Ruger a call. Additional use is not going to cure the cylinder/barrel rub. I need it to be working flawlessly before hunting season.
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My Alaskan 44mag had a similar issue, sent it back to Ruger 3 times before they finally got the fix!!! Mine took about 18 rounds before the cylinder would lock up tight!!! And that is EITHER 44mag or 44spl rounds. Send it back to Ruger and they will fix the problem, they will send you a label and you can ship it from your house.
The Alaskan is one of my favorite 44's!!! Carry it all the time, so get yours fixed and shoot it all day long!
I did a torture test on mine. Shot my own hot reloads as fast as i could. After 18 rounds the gun was painfully hot to touch but it operated perfectly.
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