Knowledgable that I claim to be, there could be a .44/73 for all I know. Lord knows, there are many combinations of numbers assigned to cartridges nowadays, such as .43 JDJ, .338 Woodswalker, .357 SIG, plus old favorites as .401 Eimer and .43 Eimer. Remember the .357 Atomic? The 10mm Gyrojet?
I once conjured up the .30/44 Carbine, the .30 M1 Carbine necked up to take .429" bullets. Never made one, though.
.44 Mag. heavy loaded in a light gun.
Try full house 357s in a airweight J frame. They're really vicious. Up to that point I'd have to agree with the 45/70 Contender. A hard push with a lot of muzzle rise but not as painful as the J frame 357!
For me the 454 Casul. I was admiring the gun and noise of the weapon. The guy asked if I wanted to shoot and of course I said yes. 2 1/2" Ruger Alaskan, talk about kick a bit to much for me.
I would have to say my friends .500 Linebaugh based on a 5.5" Ruger Super Blackhawk. I am 6' 6" and 325 and not only did the gun come completely up to the 12 o'clock position above my head but caused me to have to step back one step to keep me from falling flat on my back. Then he tells me that I had just shot his hottest load....
The next day my wrist was sore as well!!!
It would be a toss up between my 454 Cassul and a friend's scandium J frame 357.
Both can be pretty brutal.
I agree that the recoil in an airweight or scandium revolver is brutal. I do not even like the FBI Load (158gr 38 Specials) in a Colt Detective, they will get to you after 50 rounds.
I wonder if anyone else has fired a S&W M296 44 Special, mine got my attention in a hurry! When I mentioned the recoil to Lou Alessi he said: "Richard, why in the world did you buy it? They kick." Terry Murbach once described the recoil of a S&W M329 as memorable.
Lastly, I have never fired a 454 Cassul nor do I intend to.
I owned a Super Black hawk in the early eighties. It wasn’t too bad for me but when my wife shot it it about put her butt on the ground. Luckily I was behind her to catch her. She had a nasty bruise on her hand the next day. She didn’t find it as humorous as I did.
I haven't shot a (what I'd consider)"hard-kicking" sidearm. Most powerful I've shot is my own 5" S&W M29. After hearing how much of a "hand cannon" it was, I was horribly dissapointed after firing full-power loads for the first time by the lack of recoil from what I expected from all that I've heard about it. I have fired many rounds since then(it's my #1 and probably always will be) and I love the .44 Remington Magnum cartridge as I find it to pack a nice punch without being hard to handle. I suppose if it were one of those new Scandium framed ones, it may be a different story. But then again, I only like the older Smiths. I'd love to try one of those Ruger SRH Alaskans(in both .454 Casull and .44 Remington Magnum). I find them to be attractive and of course they have that Ruger ruggedness which means that you can get away with loads that would kill a S&W.
Ruger Alaskan, .454 Casull...damn near knocked me down when I first fired it...but then again, I did do it one handed, and thought it would be no worse than a 44 mag.
I have a S&W 500 Mag PC Hunter, 6 ½” barrel. It weighs just over 70 oz. without the scope I put on it in QC mounts. Recoil is reasonably stiff with full power loads. Mostly, I shot reduced loads. But the recoil of the .500 isn’t close to the recoil of a S&W Model 360, which is the 3” scandium .357. Full power loads really have breathtaking recoil in a 12 oz. gun. I put Pachmayr rubber grips on it to ease the pain from the hard grips it had.
I had a Super Red Hawk 7 1/2" that everytime I shot it the trigger guard would hit my middle finger, this of course made me not want to shoot it even with light loads. But my 5 1/2" Ruger in 45 Colt with full powerhouse loads was more than I could take...... my shooting hand hurt for 5 days after.... so I had to back off the loads a bit.
Some grips are designed wrong and cause us problems.
I also had a little Taurus 605 that when shot with 125-gr Mag loads was an extreme handfull.
Maybe I'm just getting old...... like Bob
Last edited by "JB"; 10-12-2006 at 09:23 AM.
Kicks harder than .44 Mag by far, but the auto action makes it less sharp somehow. Getting off a fast second shot isn't possible because it will rise. The fun factor is enormous. Highly recommended with COR-BON 325 grain.
I shot a guy's .460 S&W magnum today that was a real handful. I only shot three of them and my wrist is feeling it a bit this evening. The recoil is something I've never felt, it's the usual revolver recoil but combined with a fairly strong twist. It ends up making the gun go right toward your face if you're a right-handed shooter. I'm not really jumping to shoot something like it again, to be honest.
Wow. this could be a poll. the 45-70 TC would be way up there. I shot it at the range, the guy asked if I wanted to shoot a second round. No, thats ok.
Last edited by Old Padawan; 03-13-2008 at 11:22 AM.
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I have to go with the S&W j-frame scandium. It wasn't too bad with .38's but loaded with .357 Corbons and it just plain hurts.
Handgun: Charter Arms .44 spc. Bulldog
Rifle: Suppressed TRG-42 .338 Lapua. Reminder that muzzle brakes were invented for a reason.
Smith and Wesson mod 29 44mag is the worst I shot for recoil. The 460 S&W with a ported barrel is not as bad as you would think.
My brother in laws Dirty Harry .44 Mag. I haven't shot it quite a few years but I sure remember the kick.