I have been shooting 9mm in the Army and National Guard for around 18 years and did some shooting with 44's and my brothers Smith & Wesson 460 XVR. I have handloaded for long guns for about 25 years. I am getting ready to retire from th Guard so I decided to buy a handgun to try something different. I decided on Magnum Researches BFR in the 45-70, it so amazingly fun to shoot. Not quite as much fun as the M1A1 tanks but it will do. I have been readiing alot of forums and there is alot of knowledge and good advice here.