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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. 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....



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.


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I added a spare red dot onto my latest acquisition, a Ruger Super Redhawk 44 Magnum.



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I agree, beautiful collection.

The lion's share of my hunting, back in the day, was with handguns, too. My first first "deer rifle" was a Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 mag. I later changed to shooting mostly TC Contenders, which I still shoot to this day, though I no longer hunt. My revolver shooting has waned, but my Contender shooting just keeps growing. All target work, now, so mostly shoot the light stuff, but I still pull out a hunting class Contender rig for fun, now and then. Last time out, a vintage 30-30 octagonal barrel rig. Just like old times. :)



 

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I agree, beautiful collection.

The lion's share of my hunting, back in the day, was with handguns, too. My first first "deer rifle" was a Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 mag. I later changed to shooting mostly TC Contenders, which I still shoot to this day, though I no longer hunt. My revolver shooting has waned, but my Contender shooting just keeps growing. All target work, now, so mostly shoot the light stuff, but I still pull out a hunting class Contender rig for fun, now and then. Last time out, a vintage 30-30 octagonal barrel rig. Just like old times. :)





Great shooting!

I find a problem shooting with a sight that has magnification. I use primarily red dots or reflex sights.


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For my offhand work with the Contenders, I much prefer shooting a low power scope, as with the 1.5x, above, or a red dot. Even going up to just a 2x makes a noticeable difference in ease of use.

Between the two, the 1x scope or the red dot, I actually prefer the red dot for bullseye shooting. Most of my Contender barrels, in fact, wear red dots. Just easier to use than either irons or scopes. With the low power scopes, sometimes have trouble losing the crosshair intersection against the black bull. Not a problem with a red dot, though. Actually just switched out that scope on the 30-30 for an Ultradot 25 and need to get back out to sight it in.
 
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