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Hard Hitting Revolvers

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by nastytrigger, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    I've always wanted a 'thumper'. Something that could take down Bigfoot, Yeti, a Grizzly, in pistol form (revolver most likely).

    I don't mind the recoil. Granted, biggest handgun caliber I have is .45ACP. I have fired friends .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum hot loads through their Ruger Super Blackhawks. It's not something I'll shoot a lot, or even hunt with. Just a fun, big boom gun. I'd reload too. Still questioning if I want it scoped.

    I'm mostly looking at .454 Casull. I was set on a single-action revolver, but I guess Ruger doesn't make a Blackhawk in .454? Freedom Arms makes a sweet .454, but it's a little high on price. Also, on the .454, I'd definitely warm up to it with the .45 Colt it can shoot also.

    Continuing on the .454, I toyed with the idea of something I could actually carry on my hip. So, the Ruger Alaskan would fit that best. Also on the Redhawk, I'm a lefty, but can manipulate revolvers just fine. Prefer the Redhawk vs a single-action just based on reloading speed, but I'd prefer the trigger of a single-action vs DA/SA.

    I know Taurus makes some .454 revolvers, but I'm not too keen on Taurus, as a whole. I owned one of their 851 Protectors, and it was ok. I know of a couple of friends who have had troubles with Taurus' semi-autos. Basically, no Taurus.

    Then, I realized S&W's .460, which can shoot .454 and .45 Colt too. I like that bonus of three calibers in one.

    Budget wise, I could just go out and get a .44 Blackhawk and be pretty happy, but I'd like to go bigger.

    For some reason, I'm not too interested in a .500 S&W. So, anything between .44 and .460.

    What do you all think, or have.
  2. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    If I wanted a .454 for defense from dangerous game I'd get the Ruger Alaskan.

  3. dnuggett

    dnuggett PRO 2A

    Feb 28, 2005
    DFW TX
    Excellent choice.
  4. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    Only have a 44mag, I want a 41mag 460 480 500 . Really no reason other than to have them on days I feel like shooting something pointless other than to make me smile. 44mag with my reloads can go from soft can shoot all day loads to MAG 6 rounds threw her and I am done loads.
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    My hard hitting revolver, other than my Ruger RH .44 Magnum, is my S&W .460



    Here it is in between a 9mm and a .30-06. :cool:


    And here is a .44 Mag, .454 Casull and .460 S&W lineup. :cool:

  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
  7. Sgt.K

    Sgt.K They Just Work!

    Jan 11, 2000
    Kentucky, USA
    Here is my SBH .44 mag with a Bushnell variable scope on a B-Square mount.

  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    If its for defense, get an Alaskan.

  9. Highspeedlane

    Highspeedlane NRA Life Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    New England
    Starting out you might also want to consider a .44 Magnum in the form of a Blackhawk or Redhawk depending on preference.

    It's going to offer a good level of power and a wide range of available factory ammo if you're not a handloader.

    If you step up to .454, I recommend you reload for it, unless you have deep pockets.

    Here are a couple of handloads I tested out recently for this beast:
  10. BicycleDay43

    BicycleDay43 00 Buck dude

    Feb 4, 2007
    Oak Grove, Kentucky
    Even .45 LC will do some damage depending on the load. Of course..I'm a bit biased.
  11. I have a 460 S&W Performance Center, it has a 3 1/2 " barrel so it carries quite nicely. One reason I wanted the 460 is it will shoot the 454 and 45LC

    Good luck on your decision.
  12. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    I thought about just a .45LC too, in Blackhawk form. How is it compared to .44 Mag?
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Hot loaded 45Colt can be just as powerful if not more powerful than 44mag.

    Most factory loaded 45 Colt is much weaker than factory loaded 44mag, however.
  14. camelotkid

    camelotkid non-believer

    Apr 27, 2009
    Oak Ridge, TN
    I just wish ruger made a SBH in .454, I personally hate the way the alaskan looks. Of the guns you mentioned the .460 would be at the top of my list.
  15. Magnum Research also makes the SA BFR in .454.
  16. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    I have an old model Vaquero in 45Colt, and a Smith 629 in 44mag. Both are reloaded for, using 300g hardcast bullets. Both will dump a Griz with authority.

    If I were going to buy something today, to serve the same purpose that these two do, I'd probably go the Alaskan in 454 route........not that either one isn't up to the task, but the 454 is more up to the task!

  17. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    It's not top of the pile any more, but I've had a ton of fun with my .44mag, everything from mouse fart loads that feel like a .22 short to full house loads that'll wake you up quick!
  18. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
  19. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    I have had a pile of large caliber handguns from .357 Maximum up to .500 S&W. The one I grab most often is my Ruger Redhawk 5 1/2 in .44 mag. I sometimes take my .454 Cassul out when I am packing something for the large bears, but have taken plenty of them with the Redhawk. I am not a big fan of the short barrel revolvers. I prefer the 5 1/2 on the Redhawk, although I have a 4" Smith and have owned a Mountain Gun I got talked out of. Get something you will use, instead of just a hand cannon to show off to your buddies that you might not shoot very often.
  20. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I agree the .44mag is a practical 'big' round that can be plenty effective, easy to find and fairly affordable to shoot. The SBH or RH Rugers make a great all around big handgun.