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Old November 9th, 2011, 03:52 PM   #1
 
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Cool Who says the 454 Alaskan has recoil?

Well after a little procrastination due to in part some angst over the supposed recoil of the 454, I finally took her out for a spin. Now after all I read about the HUGE recoil that this beast has, after watching tons of videos on you-tube, many of which the shooter had very poor form or stance and chatting with guys who actually have shot them, I was convinced that this thing would kick reasonably more than my S&W 500 4".

Well I loaded it with 2 each of 45colt, 45colt +P Cor-Bon and 454 300gr XTP Hornadys. The 45 colt were like shooting a cap gun. The 45 +P were a little more recoil, though my GF said they were really loud even with earplugs in. The 454 Hornadys were apparently really loud, I had muffs on, and the recoil was pleasant. Honestly... I was a little let down, LOL, as I thought it would be at least comparable to my 500 in recoil. Now time was short, the adrenalin was pumping I'm sure no doubt and I admit, I had shooting gloves on which I don't even wear when I shoot my 500. Never the less, the recoil upon video review was still not bad at all!

After taking this thing out and finally shooting it, I can't wait to get out and shoot it again! I'm looking forward to shooting some of the more powerful loads that Buffalo Bore and Cor-Bon has to offer. Like the 400 grainers, I think. I bought this gun after much research to fill the niche between my S&W 357 and the 500. It will be my primary back woods gun when I'm hiking the Mtns of NW MT where I'm not at the top of the food chain.

I know recoil is perceived differently by all, but honestly, this gun ROCKS! I HIGHLY reccomend trying one out... if you can find one these days . I plan to install a XS Big dot tritium site on the front and a Ruger Rough Country V-notch sight on the back. I'm thinking of polishing the cylinder and cerakoting th main frame black, like Punisher has done to his 480 Alaskan. I'll carry it in a Diamond D Leather Guides choice holster. I LOVE THIS GUN!!!



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Old November 9th, 2011, 04:56 PM   #2
 
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I've had the pleasure of firing a few .454 Alaskans, and I must agree.
The recoil is not that bad if you are used to big bore guns.
It is very accurate and on my list to be a companion to my 7.5" SRH .454.
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i own a super redhawk 71/2 inch. In nj you cannot rent a firearm. so I have not tried one as no friend has one.
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I agree. I put some 45 colt through mine and it felt softer than a .40. I put a few Winchester Super X 250 rain reduced recoil that felt like a baby step over the 45. I hand loaded a few 250 grain Hornady XTP over 2400 loaded near the middle of the Speer manual and it was certainly pretty hot. I put my finger too far onto the trigger and it felt like a banged my finger. I noticed that my hand load shot quite a bit lower than the 45 or the Super X, which had similar POI. From what I have read, that happens because the bullet leaves the bore faster and the barrel doesn't rotate as far.

I put 50 of the 45 and 20 454 through it today and feel like I could put another few hundred through it easily. I have to load another 20 hot ones to sight in for deer season. I'm bringing my Marlin 30-30, but would like to take my first deer with a revolver with my own loads if I get close enough.
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Glad to see one more Alaskan owner out there and keep us posted on your "custom" work...I`ll be watching!
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Just picked up my .454 Alaskan today. Looking forward to testing out the recoil for myself soon...
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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #7
 
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It can about equal the 500 when you shoot the big stuff like BB or DT but the major company rounds are easier compared to the 500 or 460. The Alaskan is not a lightweigh pistol and has a very good grip.
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It can about equal the 500 when you shoot the big stuff like BB or DT but the major company rounds are easier compared to the 500 or 460. The Alaskan is not a lightweigh pistol and has a very good grip.
Yeah, I noticed that the hogue grip seems to have a better "cushion" of rubber at the top portion where it hits the web of the hand. More so than my S&W 500. It's definaly heavier than the avg revolver I'd say, but it's still 15oz lighter than my 4" 500.
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I've found that the Ruger Alaskan fairly well, even with a set of the smaller, older style, factory rubber grips with the wood panel's on them. I have small hands and just wasn't comfortable with the new Hogue Tamer Rubber grips as they were just too large for me. I tried a set of the old style, standard-sized factory rubber grips, which was better, but it still felt a bit 'loose' when shooting. I installed a set of the 'small' factory grips and it felt just fine (they were from my fixed-sight, 4" GP100...see avatar!)

Even when shooting Hornady 300 grain, JHP - XTP's...it was fine! Yeah, it had a little 'kick' to it...but it was managable! With 240 grain .45lc's...it's downright sweet to shoot!

I will add that the first time I shot one if these indoors...people came in from the outside to see what I was shooting...he he!
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Seems that all these threads over the Alaskans are fueling the fire about them! Everyone seems to be picking them up, which is good for Ruger and the economy. Keep 'em coming!

Also, OP, post pics, or it didn't happen!
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Seems that all these threads over the Alaskans are fueling the fire about them! Everyone seems to be picking them up, which is good for Ruger and the economy. Keep 'em coming!

Also, OP, post pics, or it didn't happen!
That is partly to blame for mine. I've wanted one for a while, so I jumped when I saw one with low miles for a good price. I tested it out, then installed a 12 lb. hammer spring and 10 lb. trigger return spring. It already ran smooth, but the springs definitely lightened the pull nicely. I don't have the tools to measure the pull, but it took it from a little heavy to just right. I retested it yesterday with factory and handloads successfully.

I CC this with a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake. The top corner of the holster prints and I am debating trimming this part off, but it looks like it offers excellent protection for stomping about he woods. I would hate to trim it, then knock my sight out of alignment in the brush. It is inconspicuous as long as I don't bend over.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:04 PM   #12
 
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Alaskan..

Love shooting mine... 325g bear load are spicey. 260 are abit less..45 long colt is like shooting 45acp..

I really glad i bought my Alaskan.
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I have the Alaskan in 44 and thoroughly enjoy shooting it. I have the 454 Alaskan on the top of my list but haven't run across one in my area. When I do find one just hope the green is in my jeans. A friend told me the recoyle on the Alaskan is not as bad as the Redhawk he has in 454.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #14
 
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It will be my primary back woods gun when I'm hiking the Mtns of NW MT
Sounds like my neck of the woods. Good choice for wilderness hikes. Back in the 90's I packed my Redhawk to several lakes in the Cabinet Mountains. I came across Grizzly scat quite often, but never had any encounters (I did run into several black bears).

I think you made an excellent choice for a hiking buddy!
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. It will be my primary back woods gun when I'm hiking the Mtns of NW MT where I'm not at the top of the food chain.
You're a man. You are ALWAYS at the top of the food chain!
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