My Large Bore revolver journey.
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.
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.
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.
Wanting something as a bear defensive gun, too, I was torn between the Alaskan and Toklat, so I got both, in 454 Casull.
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.
So here I am, now....
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.
My largest modification was to add a Weigand rail to my 44 Magnum 9.5" Ruger Super Redhawk:
Smith 500 6.5
Smith 460 XVR 8 3/8"
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My Large Bore revolver journey.
In the Ruger Alaskan, I'm going to guess 250-350 FPS less than a 7.5", depending upon ammunition/load...so it's maybe? 1250 FPS? For a particular load from an Alaskan. Extrapolating I'd guess the Toklat has 200 FPS more velocity than an Alaskan.
Originally Posted by .452dia
I have been trying to research this, as I'm going to do handgun hunting with my 460 XVR, and have my Alaskan or Toklat for backup...we only have black bear around here. I plan to carry Buffalo Bore 340 gr cast lead bullets.
A 5" would be the best balance between a 7.5" and a 2.5". I saw a YouTube video by Kentucky ballistics and the 2.5" Alaskan had 18" of penetration whereas the 460 XVR had something like 27".