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Old April 9th, 2015, 08:02 AM   #31
 
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I have issues with it too, but my shooting bud loves it. I replaced the grip frame with a Bisley grip and never looked back.



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Old April 11th, 2015, 12:21 PM   #32
 
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I've heard that complaint from dragoon Ruger shooters for years and years. They look cool but they are knuckle busters and that's a deal breaker for me. The recoil is already an issue, so dealing with the square trigger is a headache not needed.
I too have heard the complaints about the Dragoon hitting people's knuckles for years, but have yet to actually experience the issue or see it done in my presence...

My walking around load is a Hornady 265gr FP over 22gr of H110 for 1,300+fps...

Not sure if it is the way I grip, hand size, or whether it is due to my clean living
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My thoughts to the OP if it hasn't been already discussed is to change out your grip frame to a Bisley grip frame this will really help out in the recoil. I hope you figure things out and good luck!!!
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Don't know why, but my first post got lost in cyber space, Any way back in the mid 70's I used to shoot steel silhouette using a .44Mag SBH, it was an extremely accurate round out to 200 yards on the rams, however I had a real trouble with the turkeys. Note I shot a 240grn JHP using a magnum primer, with a full charge of WW-296. Talk about a stout recoil, using the standard grips. I did manage to shoot the 40 rounds required at each meet, thank God it took the better part of 2 hours to complete each match.

Since that time, I placed Hogue grips on it, and that definitely tamed the felt recoil of the handgun, however since I still own the revolver, I've put pearl grips on it, and to tell the truth it looks really cool. The difference is though I still shoot it occasionally I use a light load.
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+1 for the Hogues. I know they look funky, but work great. I my buddy in TX has used them on his SBH for years and they hold up well. You could always use the Hogues in the bush and put the wood back on for show....
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I bought a New Vaquero Birdshead .45 ACP, that made me really want a Plow handle in .357 mag, but as soon as I picked it up my middle knuckle touched the back of the trigger guard and I knew it wasn't for me. I was really dissapointed because I wanted the standard plow handle and not the Bisley. I have big hands and thick fingers so wattaya do, you buy another Birdshead in .45 Colt that's what.

I don't have the answer for you OP, I just know that guns aren't a one size fits all. Hope you get it figured out, I'll be reading.

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WASP, Why not the Bisley for you? The feel is great! You may not like the look as well but you should get use to it and even like it after a bit.. I have both and now like them both as far as the way they look. But the Bisley really does do a nice with recoil. My hands are larg but not really large. Mine are about a 1X but I know guys with hands like hams and they love ther bisley grips. George

OP once again I say non Mag. rounds get use to the gun build up in power slow, also see if you can find a buddy or a range that rents guns so you can get to shoot that cal. a Bisley grip. You should know right away if it's for you! I think your going to like it!G
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If you have a .454 Alaskan, why get a .44 mag for bear protection?
Yup, shoot the Alaskan, save the hand.
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Hate the Bisley frame. Almost as much as the flattop.
240-255 gr hot as I can load 'em in a regular SBH Dragoon frame are no big deal. My hands are not overly large or thick.
Grew up shooting SBH.........dunno if I do it right or wrong.
Hit the target, critters die........no real hand problem.

I say no "real" hand problem.

SBH does thump me some (why I don't shoot over 255's).

I get low on the grip. The gun does not slide in recoil. Am right handed, thumb the hammer with the left. This way (2 handed shooting) I can blast movers and hit them repeatedly.

Until you pummel the lower thumb pad, yeah......it gets your attention. You do get used to it and toughen up.

That grip/style might totally suck when shooting the heavyweight bullets. My guess is those are gonna suck no matter what. I tried a cylinder of 300 grainers max'd in a Smith 629-1 4" with factory wood grips.

I thought it rather nasty.

End of 300 grain whompers.
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Hookeye, You say you hate the Bisley grip frame. Why? Isit the way it looks? The way it feels? The way it feels when you shoot with it? For me they don't look great but they do tame the .44 heavy loads down a lot.. My hands are not to big there X large. My pinky goes under the grip on a reg. grip frame to give you a idea.. This was one reason I decided to go with a Bisley. I also have a short 3 1/2" barrel as my .44 is a shorty.. But it works for me.. George
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many years ago I had the same issue with a 44 mag Blackhawk .... eventually I found that if I curled my little finger under the pistol's grip and used a two hand hold that it really helped .... it also helped to keep a fairly firm wrist with a bent elbow to help absorb recoil .... ended up selling the Blackhawk and bought a Redhawk Hunter .... the Redhawk's grip doesn't have a cowboy look but its sure made 44 mags much nicer to shoot
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Hey everyone, sorry for the late response. Thanks for all the input!

I went back to the range to try again, I think I sorted it out with letting the gun roll up! Regular factory loads were now comfortable, and tried my own hand load with a lighter load, and also 44 special which was pathetic to shoot. Felt like a .22 haha.

However, there is now comfortable way to shoot 340gr buffalo bore, its a hand bruiser. But in a bear situation, it won't matter how bad it hurts my hand...
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It's the square trigger guard.
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The .44 mag will take down a bear without using the 340gr buffalo bore +P+ load.. I would load the first two chambers with with a good bear round in a None+P+ load. Something you don't mind shooting.. Then just maybe load the other chambers with the heavy 340gr buffalo bore +P+.. Maybe!! There are some lighter loades that will enter and go over 36" .. Shot placement is the key.. George
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The .44 mag will take down a bear without using the 340gr buffalo bore +P+ load.. I would load the first two chambers with with a good bear round in a None+P+ load. Something you don't mind shooting.. Then just maybe load the other chambers with the heavy 340gr buffalo bore +P+.. Maybe!! There are some lighter loades that will enter and go over 36" .. Shot placement is the key.. George
For very large Alaskan Browns, I want the hottest load I can find. There are no do-overs on an attack.
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