Originally Posted by ScottJackson
Kinda off topic, but my dad always had a .44 mag revolver and I read there's a .50 mag now. The .44 had some kick to it, but it was also a 6" barrel. Is the .50 a huge step up over the .44? Is it to the point that it's not very practical?
I have one of the S&W 500 Magnums, and because it is so big and HEAVY (looks like a cartoon pistol, it so big), the recoil is not too much to handle. I actually made up some 325 grain handloads that shoot so soft, my WIFE will shoot it! On the other hand, the max loads will get your full attention. I bought it just for fun, I mostly shoot it a few times then let anyone who wants to try it out have a go at it. I'm baffled by the folks who won't shoot it for fear that it will hurt them; they just watched ME shoot it didn't they???? Now, my buddies .44 Magnum derringer, THAT'S another story. Where's that box of Band-aids????
Like Beltfed said, what do you want the gun to do? I think your offbeat choices of caliber are cool, and I find a lot of experienced gun owners want something a bit different, it's a great conversation starter at the range.
Contrary to what 511 said in his first post, the .41 and the 10 MM are not forgotten. They both have some (not a lot
) very dedicated followers who should not be teased or dissed, they are VERY vocal!!
The 9X23 IS an oddball, I think that one came from the ranks of USPSA pistol competition, in an effort to get the .35 caliber 9MM round to go fast enough to "make major", which is a reference to how they score targets based in part on a formula that gives higher scores to rounds that have a heavier bullet and/or more speed.
Personally, I like having a few gun questions tossed in with all the car stuff, a little variety is a good thing...