Post by rangersedge on Sept 29, 2021 18:51:01 GMT -5
Feeling like a single action. Must generate at least 500 foot pounds of energy (min for deer in Illinois) with factory ammo. Must have barrel between 4 and 6 inches. Don't handload. Know I should. No time. Not interested in any caliber much less mainstream than .327 or .460. Have plentiful supplies of. 327, .44 mag, and .460 ammo. Only anticipated use would be hunting. Have others that would carry if worried about animal defense or hunting longer range or hiking. Not too keen on anything too harsh recoil wise. My wrists hurt now.
Cost isn't a huge issue. Was considering the Bowen nimrod that sold recently for quite a while. Like the looks of the Ruger bisleys. Thinking possibly a FA 97, a Ruger Bisley, or a BFR (small frame not big one). Probably won't get a chance to handle any. Any recommendations for gun and caliber?
Also, if the barrel length is a huge thing but you’re talking Bowen Nimrod money, it’s not a huge leap to get the barrel trimmed back to 6” or shorter. And throw a Fermin Garza sight on it while you’re at it. That’s be a FINE revolver for medium to large game right there.
Now I’m gonna stop taking about it before I get myself into financial troubles.
Post by contender on Sept 29, 2021 21:40:44 GMT -5
"Not too keen on anything too harsh recoil wise. My wrists hurt now."
With this comment,, I'd take a serious look at a Ruger Bisley,,,in .41 magnum. Reasonable availability of factory ammo, and often felt by most as a less punishing (recoil wise) handgun over the .44 mag. And it will do any job you have mentioned.
If you don't handload get the 44 magnum, probably a 5.5" bisley if you can find one. A 41 bisley is a good second choice but ammo selection is a bit narrower. Every hand gun shooter/hunter should handload, it's not even a matter of money, its a matter of being able to shoot!! A good 45 bisley is another fine selection but not as many ammo choices unless you go with the premium stuff, it's spendy! You really need to re think the reloading thing, it's a whole "nother" world & it's like being let out of jail. I have a friend who has a moose hunt that starts next week, he owns a 270 rifle & he has NO ammo, zero! He has been looking for a few days now. It's taken him years to draw a moose tag here in Idaho & he has no ammo, I just heard this today at the gun store.
A 5" BFR would fit the bill quite well. It has bit of extra weight to it to help with recoil, generally have a great trigger and smooth action. They have excellent dimensions (throat sizes, no thread choke etc).
I bought a second hand one (dirt cheap) several years ago in 44 mag that I don't think was ever fired, and it is a peach ! They also come with an excellent scope rail which makes adding a dot or optic a simple affair.
One of my favorites to shoot, and I have several single and double action Ruger 44s to compare it with from 2 3/4" to 10 1/2" barrel lengths including a customized Bisley Hunter which I have taken several deer with that is my primary gun for deer hunting in Wisconsin.
The Hunter is a bit longer than you specify, which is why I put the BFR ahead of it on the list.
If money isn't a big concern, the Freedom Arms in 44 mag or 45 Colt cannot really be beat.
Post by blackmamba on Sept 30, 2021 6:52:24 GMT -5
I agree with Yetiman on the BFR 5 inch. I have one in 454 Casull, but if I didn't handload, it would be in 44 mag. Better quality than the Ruger for not much more $$, plus they come with their own scope base (if you want to go that way).
Post by rangersedge on Sept 30, 2021 20:29:40 GMT -5
Two leading candidates at this point. I note that the bfr weighs about 15 ounces more (if calculation correct) and i like the look of the ruger more; but i also note the bfr comes with mounts and perhaps has a better rep for accuracy?
My favorite handgun caliber is the 45 Colt. It generally operates at lower pressures than the 44 mag, so you have less muzzle blast. The 45 Colt will handle bullets from 160-405 gn. If you're thinking about putting an optic on it, the BFR comes already drilled and tapped for a scope rail. The BFR is heavier than the Ruger so it will have less felt recoil. Without being able to load your own, ammunition availability might be the biggest deciding factor. I do like the suggestion of the Lee hand press for a small compact reloading setup. There may be someone in your area to help get you started safely if you decide to go that way.