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My Large bore revolver journey

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by CDR_Glock, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock

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    I was always a 357 Magnum guy, at the most. I love my 627 8 shot 357 Performance Center and 586 L-Comp 7 shot.

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    I never thought I would go beyond it. I'm not a flincher but I didn't want to develop one with the bigger calibers.

    Now I already only shoot 357 Magnums in a Snubby but my friend warmed me up to 38 +P, too. So I have alternated, on occasions. My carry is a Kimber K6S with 158 gr JHP as a backup to my Glock 19 MOS.

    One day I saw a S&W 629 at a gun show. I told my friend about it and said, "Don't be surprised if I got it." He gave me an offer I couldn't refuse, his 44, a red dot, a reloading press and reloading supplies....it was an offer I couldn't refuse. Particularly for how much he offered it for.

    My first big bore was my friend's S&W PC 629 Hunter. Great trigger. Shooting with a red dot is child's play. Problem with high magnification scopes is the accentuated drift with higher power. I prefer 1X. My friend gave me his Dillon 450 progressive, along with supplies, with the 629 and red dot. I took to it very well, and recoil wasn't bad. Not like a 357 Magnum Snubby.

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    I traded a rifle for my first Ruger Big Bore. It was a SRH 454 Casull. It handles recoil very easily. I only load 454 Casull into it. Some people like to just shoot Colt 45/+P. I then moved up to the Smith 500 Magnum. I love the power and my favorite load is Hornady XTP 350 gr. It has been a learning curve for the 500 since there isn't a lot of data in each book so I bought the Speer, Hornady and Lyman. I've also loaded 500 gr 500 Magnums. Hahahaha. Very spicy. Haven't gotten my hands on a 700+ grain yet, but I want to try it.

    Reading about the flatter shooting 460 XVR I decided to acquire that, also. Flat shooter out to 200 yards with a 200 gr bullet.

    I started reloading for these guys in a single stage Hornady Lock N Load. I did get three different powder measures for each large bore: 454 Casull, 460 and the 500 Magnum.

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    Wanting something as a bear defensive gun, too, I was torn between the Alaskan and Toklat, so I got both, in 454 Casull.

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    Seeing that I can handle the large bores, I wanted a 44 Snubby. Just for fun in the lighter 240 gr loads, but it can handle hot Buffalo Bore 44, too.

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    So here I am, now....

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    It all started LAST FALL when he sold me my first 44 Magnum.

    If you can handle a 357 Snubby, and you don't flinch. You can handle virtually any other caliber, in my opinion.


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  2. jmorris

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    That's a darn good collection for a year. You have a great wife, not one at all or are really good at spousal embezzlement.
     
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  3. rattlegun

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    Excellent! I love revolvers too...
     
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    Nice collection! The great thing about revolvers is you don't have to find the brass after shooting.

    I've got three S&W 38 Specials and once had both a S&W 25 45 ACP/ 45 Auto Rim, plus a 44 Special Charter Arms Bull Dog. I wish I had never let the later two go. They were both fun to shoot!

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  5. CDR_Glock

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    Yeah. I hate chasing brass. It's a chore. I belong to an outdoor range. It has a "house" that we can shoot from, and that's where I do semiauto as I can sweep them.


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    The latter. I make 5 times her income.

    Let's just say, it's not noticeable....




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  7. fredj338

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    REvolvers are so retro but then I have been called worse things. I love my big bore revos.
     
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    My single action Ruger Blackhawks and Super Blackhawks are my favorite handguns.
    You can keep your plastic wonder pistols, give me a single action revolver.
     
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  9. DWB57

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    Very nice collection. I use to have a red hawk 44 mag.with a red dot on it and I think I had more fun with that pistol then any I've ever owned,shot my first revolver deer kill with it and it looked like it had been shot with a 270. My favorite play load was a 240 gr swc over 8.7 grs of w-231, it was plum easy to hit clay birds at a 100yds using a rest.
     
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  10. jmorris

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    Says the guy with over 22,000 posts on the plastic pistol forum...:)

    My first handgun was a 357 magnum, I sold a calf I bottle fed and my Dad asked what I was going to do with the money. I asked him if I could have a pistol and that's how it started back when I just turned 13.

    Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how one looks at it, he let me learn financial responsibility on my own and I blew enough of a chunk of my profit on the revolver that I couldn't afford to shoot it much. So later that year my (envious, because his kid brother had a pistol, so he bought one) Brother and I went in 50/50 on a reloading press and reloaded untold butt loads, generally 500 at a time of a $10 box of 500 cast 158g SWC bullets with 4.5 gn of 231. Ah, the good old days...
     
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    Very cool collection, but a question for you....did you have to wear some of those special glasses for viewing the eclipse when that fireball went off?:supergrin:
     
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  12. Danny Reid

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    Beautiful, and quite a diverse collection!
     
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    Hahahaha.

    You actually don't appreciate the flame since it occupies only about 1 second.


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    Very nice collection