SRH 44magnum or 454cas for hunting???

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      SRH 44magnum or 454cas for hunting???

      Looking for opinions between these two guns for hunting deer and possibly elk. I wont be shooting anything over 100 yards. For handgun I would like to keep it under 75 yards. A couple questions I have are.....

      -Is the recoil managable in the 454? I do reload so I can reduce if I need to.
      I am new to the big bore handgun. I shoot heavy 357 and 45acp loads
      regularly.

      - Is one more accurate then the other in the super redhawk?

      - Who is happy, Who is not with their super redhawks and why?

      I am going to get one, Just don't know which one??

      Thanks for your opinions
      Tom
      Last edited by bloodhound689; 06-09-2007 at 07:54 PM. Reason: spelling

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      I've never shot a 454 so I can't comment. But I love my .45 Colt (I also like my .44 mag) 'cause with a big ole' Ruger, you can load the .45 Colt up just like a stout .44 mag. So the Redhawk would give you the best of both.....45 Colt and 454. IMHO

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      Around here Deer and hogs. It don't take a big banger to kill either one of them. I got a .44 S&W I am going to use for that. Now I would say you might want something with a little more kick on an Elk but I don't know for sure. I think the Ruger Redhawk is a great choice for a gun. Good hunting.

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      The .44 will do the job so the .454 will just beat you up more during practice. I prefer not to get beat up shooting.
      Only thing I'd definately chnageis the platform. Most shots would be SA anyways. Have the Blackhawks/SBH's been considered?

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      Thanks for your opinions guys.. I havent really thought about the blackhawk... What would be considered a good effective range for the 44 mag?

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      I perfer to stay with in 50yds to 75yds. I like to stay under 100yds with a rifle. Good luck.

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      I've only gotten 3 deer in my life and I don't think any of them was furthar then 50 or 60.. Its been a long time since I have been hunting. Was planning a trip this Oct... It will have to wait until next Oct. Due to my daughter being born..... any other reason and I would probably be upset....

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      Have you considered the .480 Ruger in a SRH. I own one. Recoil is between the .454 C and the .44 Mag. Holds 875 ft/lbs @ 100 yds. SOmething to think about...

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      my dad hunts both deer and elk with his 454 SRH. i have put alot of rounds through it over the last few years too. the 454 does have a bite to it, but that is both in recoil and in down range power. he practices alot with the 45 long colt rounds during the off season, and then steps it up to the full power 454 as it gets closer to hunting season. i have taken deer with my s&w 44mag, but don't know how it would work on elk. i say try out the 454 at a range and see how it feels for you. like you said, you can always tame down the loads by reloading your own

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      I will add one more caliber to the mix. You might consider the 460 S&W. It will shoot the big 460 when you need it (elk), and will shoot the 454 (deer and hogs), as well as the 45 Long Colt. Cowboy loads in 45LC are fantastic fun in a big revolver. The size of the gun does is probably the most limiting factor. That S&W is one big, heavy monster. The S&W 460 does not have as much recoil as most people think, but it is still a massive explosion. To me, the porting on the S&W 460 made the recoil fell less than the unported Ruger 454 SRH.
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      I didnt know 460 was interchangable with those other calibers.... Well, I really did value all of your opinions but I ended up getting a GP100 and a 22 conversion kit for my Kimber. I decided that I need some more practice before I go deer hunting with a handgun...... Ill tell you what though... the balistics on them 460s are no joke.....

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      I'm thinking you made the right choice. Too many jump the gun (pun intended) and go big too quickly. get the fundementals down securely with the .22 and .38's and .357's and then progress to the larger stuff. Not a bad thing at all to hold off.
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      bloodhound69: Sir; my vote will be
      Super Redhawk .44 blackhawk .44 and virtually any other .44 handgun.
      Two [2] reasons.
      1. worst case situation [forgot the bullets, ran out of bullets]
      2. I like the .44 and what I can accomplish with it.
      3. with a moniker like bloodhound69: sir the .44 will fit

      About any country store will carry the .44 ; any of the bigger loads [around here] will only be found in a larger city.

      Hope this doesn't add to the confusion.

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      Another (similar) thread with some choices and reasoning here:
      Large Caliber Revolver?

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      Previously mentioned 480 Ruger here is a test from Jeff Quinn:

      http://www.gunblast.com/480_Ruger.htm

      Enjoy the GP. I own one and it is a shooter and will handle at or near max loads all day. If you get to the point where you are comfortable with your accuracy to 50 yards with the GP then you could go after Whitetail with that. I would use 180 grain loads for deer.

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      I couldn't make up my mind, so I bought both. Bill T.

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      You can shoot 45 Colt in the 454. I drive 300 grainers out of my 4 inch 45 Colt Redhawk @ 1279 fps. This load is much hotter than anything I shoot out of my S&W 629 44 mag, and the 44 mag beats me up much more than the 45 Colt. The 44 mag has a sharp nasty recoil, not so the 45 Colt.

      So my vote is the 454.

      Mike G.

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      Between the two, my preference would be for the .44 Magnum; it has enough 'oomph' to get the job done.

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      If you were hunting deer or other animals under about 400 pounds, I'd agree that the .44 will knock the snot out of them. Elk are extremely tough animals, and can weigh 800 pounds.

      For the handloader, the .454 Casull can be loaded down to equal hot .44 specials if you so desire. It takes a lot of shooting practice to master the recoil of full tilt .454 loads, so the down loading should be used for practice and use on lighter game. The .44 magnum can not be loaded to equal the .454 Casull.

      I voted .454 Casull, even though I also own 5 .44 magnums.

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      I have taken a number of Elk with Rifle and with a Recurve Bow with 2 blade Broadhead. All I shot at or released an arrow at went down and have been eaten by my family and I. Using Bow hunting tactics I would not hesitate to take an Elk with a hot .357 load or greater if legal in your state. Many of you may disagree but that is my opinion.

      The hunt is much more invigorating if you go with the intent of getting within spitting distance of your target. After standing 3 feet from a live fully grown Bull Elk I don't want to hunt them with a rifle anymore.

      As usual if you hit the correct spot desired results will occur.

      Enjoy your hunt.


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