44 mag or 454 casull ???

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  1. M1A1TankerTom

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    my next purchase im looking at picking up a matching caliber single action revolver and a lever action rifle. The purpose of this duo is to serve as my woods guns and also just to have a cool cowboy looking set :) What caliber would you guys choose for this revolver/rifle combo between 44 mag or 454 casull? Honestly I am leaning twoards the 454 simply due to the more power but I wanted to hear everybody elses opinion.
     
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    I've never shot a .454, but I have shot a .45Colt. I hear you can shoot either in the .454.

    Personally, the .44mag is plenty for me. I can handle more recoil (such as with my 7-30waters handgun), but I don't need more power than the .44mag.

    What isn't the .44mag good enough for? You get to use either .44 specials or .44 mags. That's a lot of range in power.
     

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    .44 mag IMO...are you gonna be reloading?
     
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    I'd go with 44mag. There's a lot more choices in both guns and ammo.

    Which single action 454 did you plan on buying?
     
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    I bought my Casull around 1988. At the time loaded ammo was $45 a box of 50. Empty brass was $22 a box of 50. That was a lot of money back then. Casull cylinders are tight. I can chamber 45 Colt but I also got an extra cylinder fitted from Freedom Arms for 45 Colt. Freedom Arms recommends not using 45 Colt cases in the 454 cylinder. Maybe it's just the build up at the front of the cylinder they think might be a problem. From how tight they are I can see it might be. Freedom Arms says not to use 45 Colt dies for 454. Some people say they work fine. My 454 dies are plain steel and require lube. My 45 Colt dies are newer carbide Lee dies.

    If you are buying factory loaded ammo 44 Magnum might be a better deal. 454 Casull isn't everywhere and 45 Colt is usually pretty wimpy.

    I do have a 1967 Winchester model 94 in 44 Magnum.
     
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  6. M1A1TankerTom

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    yes I reload

    I was looking at the freedom arms 454...its cost a penny but darn is she nice

    so far it seems like most people would go with the .44 mag. I see peoples point and will definatley start looking at .44's.
     
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    Why not get a 460? It can shoot everything a 454 can but a 454 can't shoot 460.
     
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    It is just strange that I had the same idea. I want to have a western set that would involve a S&W 6" barrel 44mag revolver and a Winchester lever action on the same caliber for ease of reloading and amount of choice in bullets.:wavey:
     
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    If you are looking for power go with the 454 you won't be sorry.
     
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    As far as versatility and the availability of interchangeable firearms between
    a hand gun and a rifle. The 44mag wins hands down.
     
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    Most in Alaska carry a .44 mag in a single action flavor. I have both a Ruger Super Blackhawk (.44 mag) and a Super RedHawk (454). I absolutely love to touch off my 454 at the range when people are least expecting it.
     
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    Before you buy a handgun chambered in.454 Casull, shoot one. :shocked:
     
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    .44 mag, more ammo choices, etc
     
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    Yes, she is. Pick one up.
     
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    .44-40 would be the authentic chambering. It's adequate for deer and blackbear.

    Whatever caliber you choose, get set up for casting bullets and reloading cartridges.
     
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    I know nothing about .454 but I do have a 7 1/2in ruger super blackhawk bisley hunter in 44 mag and love it. Recoil isn't near as bad as I thought it would be. Should serve your purpose well. And I think you get a lot for the money. Just my .02.
     
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    I've got 2 .44 Mag pistols and they have been great.

    I don't need any more umph that this cartridge and I can find bullets anywhere when I'm too lazy to reload.

    Edmo
     
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    I have to say it's well beyond my comfort level and because of that, it's doubtful I'd practice enough to be good with it.

    For me, I like the .44 mag, but I also load some pretty darn hot .45 Colt for my Blackhawk.
     
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    i was looking into a 460 at one time as well. i liked its velocity after a shoulder injury that left me pretty sensitive to recoil. thought a high powered revolver would be the way to go. problem with the combo is i dont think ive seen many rifles chambered in 460 yet.

    the 454 would be cool as well. personally, i would choose the 454 over the 44mag for its power. you may never use it but its easier to go lighter, not safe to make a 44mag go to casull power levels.
     
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    I have an FA 97 Premier in 45 Colt.

    They're very finely built revolvers.


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