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    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....







    454 Casull


    44 Magnum


    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:



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    Smith 500 6.5


    Smith 460 XVR 8 3/8"

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    Nice collection you have there! I have an Alaskan in 454 and am contemplating the Toklat. I like my Alaskan but areas that I visit frown on barrels less than 5 inches. These areas allow handgun hunting but guns must be 357 or more in power and barrel length must be 5 inches or longer. Trying to convince a game warden or ranger that the gun is for protection and not hunting can get dicey. How much velocity difference do you think there is between the two?
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    Nice pool...........
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    My Large Bore revolver journey.

    Quote Originally Posted by .452dia View Post
    Nice collection you have there! I have an Alaskan in 454 and am contemplating the Toklat. I like my Alaskan but areas that I visit frown on barrels less than 5 inches. These areas allow handgun hunting but guns must be 357 or more in power and barrel length must be 5 inches or longer. Trying to convince a game warden or ranger that the gun is for protection and not hunting can get dicey. How much velocity difference do you think there is between the two?
    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.

    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".

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    That's a bunch of serious revolver ya got there!
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    I am a recoil junkie (and proud of it!), and I enjoyed reading your report. Nice pics and a real nice collection of big bore revolvers. Thank you.

    (Is it okay to be just a little bit jealous?)
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    Very nice wheel gun collection! Interesting post too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDR_Glock View Post
    I'm going to guess 150 FPS per inch less, depending upon ammunition/load...so it's maybe? 1250 FPS from an Alaskan. 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".



    I've been loading a 335 gn hardcast gc bullet from Cast Performance over H110. Seems to be a buttkicker of a load but I no longer have a chono to test it. I have found the Alaskan is better suited for heavy bullets but you have to size the case back down to get a really tight grip on the bullet and along with having a good crimp to avoid bullet jump.
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    Nice collection of wheel guns. I don't own that many, but have a few and a couple are .45s. I don't own a .44, though.

    My favorite big bore is this one.....

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    Nice family picture you have there.
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