Question on recoil

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by kestak, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    Yesterday my wife went to try her new Taurus 6.5 inch 357 magnum revolver (and of course, she let me shoot a couple of cylinders out of it by pure kindness...hehehehehe).

    We shot 158 gr .357 Magnum and 158 gr .38 special. The recoil is quite different between those 2: the .38 special is very mild compared to the .357 magnum.

    To make a long story short, I was able to convince her to buy that gun and not a .454 Casull. So, my question is:

    The .357 Magnum is the biggest I shot. On a scale between 1 and 10, considering the .38 special is 1 and the .357 Magnum is 2 on the recoil chart, what would be those rounds on the scale?

    - .454 Casull
    - .41 Magnum
    - .45 magnum
    - .44 Magnum
    - .50

    Thank you
     
  2. Thorsen

    Thorsen New Member

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    Recoil is affected by many different factors so I don't know what you are exactly looking for here. I can tell you from personal experience having owned a .50 Desert Eagle that the recoil on that monster is atrocious. Unless you have forearms of steel don't even try to shoot it with one hand. I tried. Thought I had broken my damn wrist.
     

  3. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    Ditto. I can't answer the question with the limited information given. Too many variables. And recoil is a subjective thing. How you react to it mentally and physically matters so much more than just the mathematical calculation of how many foot-pounds of pressure is transferred to your hands and arms.

    I have shot a 6" revolver, .44 magnum, N-frame, with full power loads, and it was not bad. It was SLOW to shoot because the gun came up so high and twisted in my grip so much, but it was not uncomfortable. Ditto for the S&W .500 magnum. On the other hand, the little J-frame .357 snubbies with the 11-ounce alloy frames just STING the heck out of my hand, and I would be afraid of nerve damage if I fired a bunch of those with full-power magnum loads.
     
  4. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    What about removing a variable and talking about the Taurus Raging Bull like series?

    Thank you
     
  5. GunNut

    GunNut New Member

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    Well, assuming the same gun could fire each, I'd say in terms of velocity and muzzle energy, they would rate like this:

    41 Mag
    44 Mag
    45 Mag
    50 AE
    454 Casull

    Personally I'm not familar with the .45 Mag, so that one is just a guess. Please each caliber has a variety of bullet weights that will also come into play.

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