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Old 04-09-2011, 10:56 AM
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2 days ago my dad bought a 44 magnum ruger redhawk and we are going to shoot it today i have shot 357s a 9mm and 10mm are there whats would its recoil be to those?
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:57 AM
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i dont want to mess up my face. but i have heard from others it has lots of recoil so idk if i should shoot it or not
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:14 AM
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I had heard it was bad too, my 4" ported kicked less than I thought, I was prepared for a cannon.

It was certainly manageable by me, hold on to it well of course.

I've shot 9mm, which to me is very comfy to shoot, not much kick.

my 44 is 34oz unloaded its a 5shot.

btw you can always shoot 44 specials, I tried some snake loads which I assume are more like .44 specials than 44mags, and the kick was noticeable less, certainly more comfy to shoot, for home protection or just to plink I'd probably enjoy those more, but for grizzly protection, handling the 44mag is not a problem, just not something I'd want to shoot all day long ya know.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:18 AM
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i think ill just see what happens i hve shot large rifles but not large handguns unless u consider the 357 large
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:03 PM
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[QUOTE=salukipv1;3797005]I had heard it was bad too, my 4" ported kicked less than I thought, I was prepared for a cannon.

The key word there is ported. I have a coupele of 44's andd shot many more, and believe me they are going to let you know that you have something is your hand. The .357 is the closest thing in recoil that was mentioned, but it will fall way short in comparable recoil. That said, it will still be a managable recoil, just don't try to 1 hand it on your very first shot. Have fun and enjoy!!
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:26 PM
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Wear a hockey mask so you don't mess up your pretty face too much.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:06 AM
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I have 4 44 mags. Two Super RedHawks, a SuperBlackhawk, and a Smith & Wesson Airlight 329PD with a 4 " barrel. The Redhawk is a heavy gun, it will jump pretty good but is managable, My Smith is super light, if you want some kick touch off a 44 mag out of this thing, it is unported and is quite a handful when it goes off, but it is super accurate.

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Old 04-10-2011, 09:13 AM
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well i shot it like 25 times auctually and i liked it allot it was definatly more than a 357 but it was fun to shoot
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:20 PM
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They aren't that bad me and my best friend shoot has dads at the range all the time and we are 14. It's got some kick but not bad. If you want a pistol that kicks get a contender in 730 waters. It's a single shot pistol. It's like taking a 30-30 and turning it into a pistol. At the range the other day we were shooting steel targets that spin if you hit them with the 44 mag, 45 colt, and 45acp. We were wondering what the contender would do to it. It blew a hole straight through 1/4" plate steel. We didn't belive it the first time so w did it two more times and every time it went straight through. A 44 mag just dents it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:27 AM
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I'm an avid .44mag shooter, my favorite handgun cartridge!

In my experience, a 4.5-5.5" barrel in a 40-45oz revolver is about the lowest recoiling .44mag out there. The shorter the barrel, the lighter the piece, so the heavier the recoil. However, the LONGER the barrel, the more efficient the powder burn, i.e. more power, and more recoil. So it's a double edged sword, less barrel is less weight, but less barrel is less power, so you have to find that sweet spot.

Porting definitely helps, but it also makes the muzzle blast much worse, so the "apparent recoil" might not change much. If you're shooting without ear protection, a ported .44mag will leave you with permanent hearing damage VERY quickly, potentially in a matter of ONE CYLINDER.
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