View Poll Results: Which one for your only heavy pistol/carbine combo?

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  • .44 Magnum

    38 77.55%
  • .45 Colt

    11 22.45%
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Thread: .44 Magnum vs. .45 Colt Magnumized

  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by RevolverRob View Post
    Iím opting for a .45 LC. But that has as much to do with .45 LC being a classic SA sixgun chambering as anything else.

    For hot barn burners and you want factory loads - if you arenít going to use Buffalo Bore or Garrett as your hot load source, just go .44 Magnum.
    Either way, I will probably end up with 240-250 grain loads at 1100-1200 fps out of a handgun with handloads . Maybe a bit more with a SRH, especially with an 8" barrel.

    I doubt I will shoot much in tbe way of hotter stuff in a handgun. But I could see going boutique in a carbine.

    For some reason, the only "cowboy caliber" I really lust for is .44-40, but I want it in an N-frame. No idea why. Modern .45 Colt strikes me as a different animal than the balloon-headed old round. I've never really picked up the SA addiction like I have for DA guns, despite owning a very nice Single-Six.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldanders View Post
    I've never really picked up the SA addiction
    You're doing it wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACP230 View Post
    Neither. The .41 Magnum all the way, eh?
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  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by Bigghoss View Post
    You're doing it wrong.

    I blame Target World in Cincinnati for having plenty of Model 28s for rent, and no SA guns. I also give them partial blame for my DA obsessions.

    Actually, the fact that I inherited a 5" 625 (within months of posting on some forum at the time that I wanted that exactly that model) is mostly to blame.

    Due to Alien Nation, I have lusted after a Freedom Arms .454.

    Anyone feel like sending me a nice wad of cash so I can buy one, and do this addiction thing "right?" Or I could create a kickstarter. 😈😀.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper224 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldanders View Post
    Due to Alien Nation, I have lusted after a Freedom Arms .454.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldanders View Post
    I blame Target World in Cincinnati for having plenty of Model 28s for rent, and no SA guns. I also give them partial blame for my DA obsessions.

    Actually, the fact that I inherited a 5" 625 (within months of posting on some forum at the time that I wanted that exactly that model) is mostly to blame.

    Due to Alien Nation, I have lusted after a Freedom Arms .454.

    Anyone feel like sending me a nice wad of cash so I can buy one, and do this addiction thing "right?" Or I could create a kickstarter. 😈😀.
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  8. #38
    Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of calibers from a wide range of handguns. Between the 357, 41, 44 and 45, I settled in the 357 & 45. (I also have a Ruger single action 41 that, for nostalgic reasons, I bought off my favorite Uncle) and have no desire to get a 44 (maybe a 44 Special in the right revolver). You get a lot of performance out of a 45 Colt with "Tier 2" ammo.

    The 44 magnum is legendary for good reason, but a modern 45 Colt has a certain...presence the upstart 44 magnum will never match. The 45 Colt seems to get the job done more efficiently.

    To answer your question directly Baldanders, I went a third route- Tier 2 45 Colt.
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  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by MistWolf View Post
    Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of calibers from a wide range of handguns. Between the 357, 41, 44 and 45, I settled in the 357 & 45. (I also have a Ruger single action 41 that, for nostalgic reasons, I bought off my favorite Uncle) and have no desire to get a 44 (maybe a 44 Special in the right revolver). You get a lot of performance out of a 45 Colt with "Tier 2" ammo.

    The 44 magnum is legendary for good reason, but a modern 45 Colt has a certain...presence the upstart 44 magnum will never match. The 45 Colt seems to get the job done more efficiently.

    To answer your question directly Baldanders, I went a third route- Tier 2 45 Colt.
    Just to make sure I'm reading you correctly, you mean loads that probably run about 100-200 fps over .45 Colt mainstream factory loads? (Or at least the listed velocities for those loads--I think most are loaded pretty tamely to avoid blowing up older guns)

    Does that still basically mean "Ruger?" Not that I have a problem with that. But a .45 Colt Model 25 would go great with my .45 ACP example.


    I did some some searching on current prices for .41s, and they really aren't bad, but I would say the ammo/bullet situation definitely puts it behind the .44 or .45 options for flexibility , although if I was just going for a pure deerslayer and nothing else, I might go that route.
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  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie B View Post
    Read CJ Box and you're going to want a S&W .500
    Googled the author and I was suprised we haven't seen a TV adaptation of his works. "Red Dragon" made Charter Arms .44s seem like a good idea for a second, so who knows?

    When the X-frames first came out, I got to fondle one and I was surprised by the nice balance. If one came along at a good price in .460 Smith, I would be psyched. A pistol with TWO power levels I will almost never use. 😸
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